News from the Research Desk

News from the Research Desk Blog

The Kid’s Pantry

The Kid’s Pantry is a non-for-profit organization that takes in donations of children’s items and donates them back out to the community.  Everything is given free of charge.  They are currently open year round on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Fridays from 10-11am.  They are located at 400 E. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, IL (224-715-4466).

They also have semi-annual giveaways in the spring and fall where all stock is set up in the gym.  They invite the community through multiple media outlets and word of mouth to come on a Friday evening and all day Saturday and receive what they need for free.

The Kid’s Pantry was started by two stay-at-home moms who have a passion for kids and the community.  Through the help of their church, they have been able to keep expanding, and to collect more items. Please visit them at their location, by email  (thekidspantry@gmail.com) or on Facebook to learn more about receiving from their collection or to offer donations.

1940 Census Now Searchable by Name

The 1940 Census was made available to the public in April 2012 by the National Archives. At first it could only be searched using street addresses. With the help of scores of volunteers who indexed millions of names, it is now possible to search the 1940 Census by name. The Census is available at www.familysearch.org for free. It is also available for free at www.ancestry.com through 2013. If you need assistance using this resource, please contact the Reference Department.

Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at www.fueleconomy.gov.

Social Security Benefit Estimates Now Available Online

Because of budgetary constraints, in 2011 the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped sending estimated Social Security benefit statements on paper. For a number of years these statements had been sent to all workers age 25 and older and not currently receiving Social Security benefits. In addition to listing a worker’s lifetime earnings record (the basis for Social Security benefits), the statements contained estimated benefits for retirement, disability, and surviving family members.

This month (May, 2012), the SSA unveiled a program to provide the same information electronically, on the SSA website. Any individual who wishes to sign up must be at least age 18 and have a valid Social Security number, e-mail address, and United States mailing address. Create an account at https://secure.ssa.gov/RIL/SiView.do

The new electronic version of the benefit estimate statement provides the same information as the paper statement, a worker’s lifetime earnings record and estimated benefits for retirement, disability, and surviving family members. At the same time, the government has resumed mailing paper estimated benefit statements to workers age 60 and older who are not currently receiving Social Security benefits.