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

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Contact Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich

 

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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 are moving to 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.



Lifelong Learning!August is for Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment!

"Continuing and Community Education is all about providing classes, workshops and other learning opportunities to enrich lives. It has been noted that life-long learning is imperative to one’s personal health and intellectual growth. Continuing education is for active, curious, and continually learning adults, adolescents and children. Great opportunities are provided for people to get together and participate in programs designed to be socially rewarding, stimulating, and thought provoking. A variety of non-credit and credit classes and activities are offered on a monthly basis throughout the year. There are no exams, homework assignments or grades - just the opportunity to learn for learning's sake," states Kaskaskia College's website. Read more about Lifelong Learning at KC.

Community outreach programs are offered throughout the Kaskaskia College District in both credit and non-credit areas:
   > Non-credit offerings include a variety of programs that provide personal development in a number of skill areas such as musical instruments, health and wellness, and creative arts.
   > Professional continuing education such as Teacher Re-certification and other professional continuing educational opportunities provide a service to area professionals.
   > Customized classes for specific groups are also offered.

Residents who have attained the age of 60 are eligible to receive free tuition for KC's Community Education classes. Some classes, however require a lab or supply fee which is not waived. Lab fees help cover the cost of any materials that will be used during the class. For age 60+, KC also extends a waiver of tuition and activity fees applicable to all baccalaureate and vocational courses (credit courses) for which Kaskaskia College receives funding on a per semester hour basis from the Illinois Community College Board. Read More about free tuition for 60+ at KC.

 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Office of Educational Outreach offers continuing education opportunities for everyone in Edwardsville, the Metro East and the Greater St. Louis area. You can benefit from all the resources of their University community, including their outstanding SIUE faculty and staff. Sign up for fun, stress-free non-credit leisure learning classes - including language classes, business and accounting programs, piano lessons, special programs for Lifelong Learners. Read More about SIUe's continuing education programs.

 

Greenville College offers Adult and Graduate Study programs as well as free lectures, concerts, and chapel programs. Greenville College's Ruby E Dare Library and Greenville Public Library can also help you enhance your knowledge and abilities and get more out of life. Whether you're looking to take up a new hobby, get your household affairs in order or improve your health and wellness, personal enrichment courses, events and independent reading will help you attain your goals.




March for Meals logo

June 10, 2015 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!




The Little Christmas Village That Could

Kathy Kulhan of Greenville used her Christmas Village this past winter to raise funds for the Bond County Food Pantry. Donations she received totaled $160.00.

Below is what Kathy wrote to Anna Oestreich, executive director of the food pantry and Bond County Senior Center, inviting her to visit the miniature Christmas Village display on March 17, 2015 and personally accept the financial donation:

Many friends and neighbors have come to see it and have honored my 'request' of an 'Admission of 50 cents to $50.00.' :) Because of busy holidays and several illnesses, visitors are STILL coming this week, from Effingham, Springfield & even Greenville. I would like for you to be the last visitor before I begin packing it all away until the next time.
I think you had a great suggestion to put the story and a few pictures on your website. I hope it would encourage others to do something similar for the Food Pantry, and even try to 'out-do me' with the amount of $$$ raised. :)
Thanks very much, Kathy

Anna Oestreich says, "I really enjoyed touring the village and visiting with Kathy and Bob. It was amazing - so much detail! It was a wonderful idea and it was so gracious of her to make it a benefit for the food pantry. I took [several] photos. I like the close-up and the train magical!"



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.

VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance February - April each year. Tax assistance is available to all households regardless of age with combined incomes of $52,000 or less, in 2014. 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 August - 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 August - 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, August 20 - 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, September 17 - 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

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

Jan. 30, 2015 - White Crane Business Express Lunches Are Back!!
White Crane Catering offers Sandwichs and Salads on Wednesdays October-May. Click Here to find the monthly menu offerings! If you would like to be on our email list to receive our menus please email
Vickie.gray[at symbol]bondseniors.org

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

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]

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.

Bond County Food Pantry helped by end of school year Junior High food project. Click to see photo from page 2 of Greenville Advocate newspaper issue May 29, 2012.

Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders of Bond County make donation to Bond County Senior Center Food Pantry. Photo and cover page article appears in February 2012 issue of Agriculture Advocate, a news publication for multi-counties of Illinois Farm Beureau.

Community Service Award
Bond County Senior Center honored by Greenville Women's Club in October 2011 for Community Service.

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

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