1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-1465

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Welcome to the website of Bond County Senior Center.

Whether your reason for visiting is to find available services, to discover what the Center is about, to locate our facility, to connect to useful links, or simply to put a face to a name, we hope you will find our site helpful. Please contact us personally for individualized assistance and answers to your questions. You will find our staff is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our clients and their families.




We support positive aging for Bond County residents (of all ages!).

We have moved into a new building on a new site to better provide our services.

Use the links on the right hand side to see what we've been up to.

Use the links along the top of the page for current lunch menus, services, and schedules.



"Drink Prairie Farms Milk and Give to What Mooves You"

Our Caps, Your Cause

Bond County Senior Center is participating in Our Caps Your Cause by Prairie Farms. We are currently at 400 caps [as of February 24, 2016]. We need your help to get us to 1,000 so we can get a check! You can peel the labels and enter the codes on the Prairie Farms website yourself, or you can drop them off at the senior center and we will enter them in. Help us get a donation from Prairie Farms just by saving your milk caps!

Thank you for your help and continued support! #ourcapsyourcause
Here's the link to the website: www.prairiefarms.com/our-caps-your-cause.aspx



Go Fly A Kite!

June 13 is Weed Your Garden Day

Stay in Control of Your Plot!

National Weed Your Garden Day is celebrated annually on June 13. This day is set aside for all gardeners to take an extra 5 or 10 minutes while weeding their gardens.

One of the best gardening tips is to stay in control of your garden. Weeds grow fast, very fast and can soon become overwhelming. If you stay on top of them, it is much easier to maintain your garden. Weeding 5 or 10 minutes each day will make the job seem bearable and maybe even a little bit enjoyable and you will be in control and the weeds will not!!

Excessive and unwanted weeds will crowd out plant roots and steal the nutrients that are needed for the plants to grow nice and healthy.

Helpful tips on reducing weeds in your garden:

  • Cover the soil along rows and between plants with mulch.
  • Make sure to keep all weeds away from young plants.
  • It is okay to plant your plants closely together to leave less room for weed growth.
  • Have soil weed-free before planting.
  • Make sure you do not let any of the weeds flower out.
  • Keep the edges of your yard mowed low to lessen the invasion of weeds onto your property and into your garden.
  • Enjoy your gardening, your weeding and your fresh produce and Happy National Weed Your Garden Day!



Stay Cool This Summer!
Bond County Senior Center offers Energy Assistance advice and help for the Warm Neighbors / Cool Friends energy assistance program. Call the center to schedule an appointment. And CLICK HERE to learn more.

And don't forget! When temperatures rise so high in Bond County that a HEAT ADVISORY is issued, the Bond County Senior Center serves as a cooling center from 9:00 - 5:00 weekdays.

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Here are just some of the services we offer!

Nutrition Programs:
Congregate meals served in the dining room at the center Monday - Friday at 11:30 am.
Home delivered meals delivered to homebound seniors or disabled Monday - Friday for residents of Bond County.
Food Pantry now located at 1001 East Harris Avenue (Use Washington Avenue entrance behind new addition of our building). Open Mondays & Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
White Crane Catering box lunches on Wednesdays from October - May. Contact center for more information / ordering.

Insurance Counseling:
Senior Health Insurance Program
Medicare Supplement enrollment
Medicare Savings Program
Medicare claims & appeals
Beneficiary Rights

Pharmaceutical Assistance:
Social Security Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help)
Medicare Part D

Options Counseling: Interactive decision-support process to determine appropriate long-term care choices.

Energy Assistance: Warm Neighbors / Cool Friends energy assistance program. Call the center to schedule an appointment. And CLICK HERE to learn more.

AARP / VITA Income Tax Assistance & Preparation from February - April each year. FREE Tax assistance is available to all households regardless of age with combined incomes of $53,000 or less, in 2016. Appointments needed.

Veteran's Administration representatives are now co-located at Bond County Health Department.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call the center to schedule an appointment


Upcoming Events Schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays in June - WAIT WALKERS
A free walking club for those age 50 and older, will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 am. Weather Permitting.

Wednesdays in June - STRONG FOR LIFE
A free easy exercise class designed to improve strength, function and balance in older adults with or without limitations, will be held every Wednesday from 10:30 am - 11:00 am.

Thursday, June 16 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave). Sponsored by Helia Healthcare

Thursday, July 21 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave). Sponsored by Helia Healthcare

We have moved on September 23rd!

to 1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville.

Watch the marquee sign at our new location for more announcements and be sure to...
LIKE Bond County Senior Center on Facebook!



Bond County Senior Center partners with the Energy Assistance Foundation to provide energy assistance through Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends.

If you or someone you know is:
--62 or older     or     --Disabled     or     --Has a crisis

AND:
--are an Ameren customer     --have a bill less than $750.00     --have not received help from LIHEAP (BCMW) in the last 12 months

Call us to see if you qualify. It is a matching program that allows us to match a payment the customer makes up to $350.00, even if it leaves a credit on the clients account for next month. The income guidelines are set so that if you make a little too much to qualify for LIHEAP you will qualify for this program!


March for Meals logo

Support our BAKELESS Bake Sale!

Send a $$ donation to:
Pledge to End Senior Hunger by 2020Bond County Senior Center
1001 East Harris Avenue
Greenville, IL 62246

Bond County Senior Citizens Center provides meals to homebound seniors & seniors who congregate at the center. These seniors are your neighbors, friends, teachers, parents and grandparents. We seek to get the word out & raise money for these nutritional programs. Won't you consider volunteering to help deliver meals or taking the pledge to end senior hunger by 2020?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important Notifications

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Listen to WGEL 101.7 FM Radio for CLOSINGS due to weather or other circumstances!

White Crane Business Express Box Lunches is now on our summer break, looking forward to serving you again in the fall. Thank you for your support of White Crane and Bond County Senior Center! But if you are a having a business luncheon, please keep us in mind. We will still cater during the summer, even if we aren't doing the lunches each Wednesday. We have a full catering menu and are flexible to work within your needs.

"Live Well and Be Well" Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions Workshop Series Runs Tuesdays May 3 - June 14 (no class May 31). Missed the Apr 29, 2016 registration date? For more information on the topic and to be express your interest in possible related workshops in the future, please call 664-1465 x103.

"Community Champions" highlight March For Meals donation drive in 2016
These Champions will deliver meals and encourage donations to the meals on wheels program during Community Champion's Week (March 20-25) and the following week in March. "The services that we provide the seniors of Bond County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing," said Anna Oestreich, Executive Director of Bond County Senior Center. "Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age."
[CLICK HERE to read the full press release]

To adjust to the reduction in funding from the state of Illinois, beginning February 5, 2016, the senior center will not provide meals on Fridays and Meals on Wheels will be limited to four days per week. The center will remain open for other services.
Anna Oestreich, executive director of the Center, is urging local residents to contact legislators, the governor and other leaders about the service cuts that have occurred due to the lack of a state budget.
[CLICK HERE to read the full press release]

Volunteer drivers are needed for the Bond County Meals-on-Wheels program. For more information, call 664-1465, ext. 104.

August 3, 2015 - Job Openings: Full Time & Part Time Drivers, Part Time Dispatcher Needed at Bond County Transit.
     Looking for full and part time Bond County Transit drivers to provide safe and efficient transportation services in and around Bond County. Drivers are required to have or be able to obtain a Class C CDL license with Passenger Endorsement. Knowledge of the area very helpful. Services based on customer demand, therefore, hours are approximate and not guaranteed. All drivers are required to go through a paid training period.
     Looking for a part time dispatcher/ scheduler approximately 20-30 hours per week. Qualified applicants should be able to learn dispatching software, Microsoft Office products, have the ability to multitask and good customer service skills.
     BCT is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. All employees are subject to drug & alcohol testing, including pre-employment. Benefits available, including vacation, sick and insurance, dependent on eligibility.
     Please pick up an application at Bond County Transit, 102 W. Bowman, Greenville, IL 62246

Sept. 30, 2014 - Food Pantry Opening This Week In New Location
Although work continues on the Frank and Susan Watson Community Building at the Bond County Senior Center, the food pantry is expected to open this Thursday (Oct. 2) in its new location. The food pantry is located on the north side of the new community building section. Food pantry patrons may park on Washington Avenue and enter from the southwest door. Food pantry hours are Monday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 31, 2014 - We have several new things starting at the Bond County Senior Citizens Center in April!
Starting April 8 - WAIT WALKERS - a free walking club for those age 50 and older, will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 am.
Starting April 9 - STRONG FOR LIFE - a free easy exercise class designed to improve strength, function and balance in older adults with or without limitations, will be held every Wednesday from 10:00 am - 10:30 am.
Beginning Wednesday, April 9 - Chronic Disease Self-Management Class - Classes will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the dining room and taught as a 6 week course. For questions, please contact Katie Richards at 618-465-3298 x109.

January 8, 2010
Watch this video and Read this press release. Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

In the News

Senior Center director, Anna Oestreich, was presented the Greenville Women's Club Service Award at the 24th Annual Apple Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015.

L to R: John Tichenor, Anna Oestreich, John Goldsmith, Brian Ward, and Nancy Machmer. [Photo courtesy WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News]

Bond County Senior Center is proud to announce that it has received a $1750.00 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. This year's grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its seventh annual "Share the Love" event.
CLICK HERE to read the full Press Release! [June 10, 2015]

The Little Christmas Village That Could
Kathy Kulhan of Greenville used her Christmas Village to raise funds for the Bond County Food Pantry. Donations she received totaled $160.00. Click Here to read a letter from Anna Oestreich and see photos! [April 1, 2015]

Building Dedicated! [CLICK FOR PHOTOS]
A ceremony and ribbon cutting was held Saturday, November 8, 2014 to dedicate the new Frank & Susan Watson Community Building at the Bond County Senior Center. Rev. Darryl Bolen, representing the Senior Center Board of Directors, and Anna Oestreich, Senior Center Director, presented a plaque to Susan and Frank Watson honoring their generosity and dedication to senior citizens. Also honored were Bruce and Susan Meyer, who were also significant donors to the project. The community building's dining room is named in honor of Bruce's mother and stepfather, Shirley and Foss Meyer. More honorees included Fred and Craig Baumberger, Duane and Linda and John Flowers as well as all the Bond County Senior Center volunteers and staff. [story courtesy Greenville Chamber of Commerce]

Greenville Garden Club Donates to Senior Center
The Greenville Garden Club has a plant sale each spring. This year's sale was very successful. You might say it was bigger than a field of Kansas sunflowers. Proceeds from that sale allowed the Garden Club to make a $1,000 donation for landscaping at the Senior Center and the new Frank and Susan Watson Community Building. Anna Oestreich, Senior Center Director, said the plan is to replace the existing landscaping with something new that will create a seamless, unity between the two sections. [story courtesy Greenville Chamber of Commerce]

Bond County Senior Center broke ground Thursday, June 5, 2014 for the Frank and Susan Watson Community Building! Fundraising for the project began last fall. Work on the addition was slated to begin on Friday, June 6. When completed, the addition will double the space for services and activities. A walk-through food pantry, dining/activity room, and kitchen will be located.in the addition. Click to read the full story from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Sun Newsletter issue June 6, 2014. [photos and story courtesy Greenville Chamber of Commerce]

Surprise Valentines for Seniors. Valentines from Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York trickled and then poured into Bond County Senior Center in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. Read the entire mysterious story here...

Greenville College Football Team holds Pantry Food Drive. Click to see photo from page 12 of Greenville Advocate newspaper issue September 10, 2013.

Bond County Transit Held a ribbon cutting ceremony July 12, 2013 for its new facility located at 102 Bowman Industrial Drive, Greenville Illinois. Click to see photos from the ribbon cutting and also a Time-Lapse Slideshow of the construction!

Bond County Transit broke ground for its new facility in an important ceremony November 1, 2012. The project is sponsored by IDOT and USDOT. The ceremony was attended by many members of the Bond County Senior Center Board, City and County Leaders, BCT customers and members of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Click to see photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.

Funding Cuts Jeopardize Services
Bond County Senior Citizen's Center Life Saver Capital Campaign for the Endowment Fund

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