Community Involvement

The Library partners with many Oak Lawn organizations and institutions to help provide resources and services to our patrons, including the Village, the park district, local schools, churches, senior centers, hospitals, shelters, food pantries and social service organizations. These important partnerships enrich our community by extending our outreach and services beyond books and materials. To learn more about our partnership members, please scroll down below the Summer Programs listings.

ELDER & AGING PROGRAMS

All health programs are virtual / Zoom. Registration is required and is limited to 100 participants. Program link will be emailed to registrants the day of the program. To register, click the link after each program listing. For questions, please contact Meghan Moran, Resource Sharing Librarian, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or mmoran@olpl.org.

What’s Your Stress Meter?
Anxiety and Stress Management

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 11am

Join a discussion about different types of anxiety and the impact of prolonged stress that leads to anxiety. Learn some treatments and coping strategies including a relaxation exercise and a couple of mindful exercises. REGISTER AT: https://cal.olpl.org/event/7691521. This program is presented by Maureen A. Rafa, BS, RNBC, PMHBC, Elder Care Coordinator at the Law Offices of Stephen Sutera. Maureen is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse currently working as an Elder Care Coordinator for the Law Offices of Stephen Sutera, P.C., an Elder Law Attorney. Experienced in mental health, geriatrics, managed care, home health and hospice, Maureen helps clients navigate health care and aging in place by connecting clients with equipment and services for their home or assisting with the transition to senior living facilities.

If you missed a program, you can still view the Zoom presentation on OLPL’s YouTube channel! Click the links below to view the program:

Oak Lawn Community Partnership

OLPL is a community partner with all district schools, social services organizations, hospitals and senior centers. We stay connected through monthly meetings and help spread the word throughout the community about valuable community resources. The mission of the Oak Lawn Community Partnership is to work together to build a healthier, safer and stronger community through a cooperative alliance between all the vibrant leadership within Oak Lawn, and to stimulate all Oak Lawn citizens to take an active and responsible role in accomplishing our goals. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 AM in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Village of Oak Lawn Municipal Center. For information email: olcp@oaklawn-il.gov. To access more member information, or view current flyers and programs click here.


Members

PATHLIGHTS
http://www.pathlights.org/
Since 1975, Pathlights (formerly PLOWS Council on Aging) has been helping guide adults 60 years of age and over, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends along their best path to aging – providing resources, advocacy, programs and services needed to live with independence and dignity in the community. Serving the communities that comprise Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships, Pathlights helps more than 16,000 people each year.

BEDS Plus
https://beds-plus.org/
BEDS Plus helps vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Primary services include Prevention and Stabilization, Emergency Services, Supportive Housing and Wraparound Services.

Oak Lawn Senior Center
https://www.oaklawn-il.gov/departments/senior-center
The Oak Lawn Senior Center provides specialized programming and events for seniors in Oak Lawn. The center also provides a Senior/Handicapped Bus Service for local transportation to the center or to daily activities.

Pillars Community Health
https://pillarscommunityhealth.org/
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health, educational and social services.

Oak Lawn Park District
www.olparks.com
Oak Lawn Park District’s mission is to promote a strong sense of community by providing leisure opportunities and the preservation of natural resources that enhances the quality of life and wellness for everyone. We offer year-round recreation and leisure services for all ages and abilities to enjoy – whether it is at our Centennial Aquatics Center, Central Pool, Community Pavilion, Ice Arena, Oak View Center, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets or one of our 22 parks. Visit www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2225 for more information.

Almost Home
http://www.almosthomechicago.org/
Almost Home is committed to helping single parents, victims of domestic violence, families and individuals experiencing true and significant financial hardship and the homeless. Programs include Community Blessings Boxes, Pending Meal Programs, Shelter Haircuts and the Traveling Store, Overdose Prevention Drug Outreach and Training, Lunches with Love, and Loaves and Fishes. Their service area encompasses Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn and Worth.

COURAGE
https://www.courageprogram.org/couragehome/index.html
COURAGE provides resources to assist women through pregnancies and single-parenting. The ultimate goal of COURAGE is to launch health families through education, mentoring and counseling.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food throughout Chicagoland through partner agencies and programs. Popular programs include children’s and school programs, older adult programs, job training and benefits outreach.