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.



Upcoming Workshop Classes: Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

"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



September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month & Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Strike Out Cancer

One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer -- such as leukemia or lymphoma -- approximately every three minutes.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated combined total of 171,550 people in the US were expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma in 2016.

Approximately every nine minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents approximately 160 people each day or more than six people every hour. Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to cause the deaths of an estimated 58,320 people in the US in 2016. These diseases are expected to account for 9.8 percent of the deaths from cancer in 2016, based on the estimated total of 595,690 cancer deaths.

Leukemia remains among the most common types of cancer among children. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down.

Leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.

The dramatic improvement in blood cancer treatment that began during the latter part of the 20th century is largely the result of chemotherapy. Several new drugs (and new uses for established drugs) have greatly improved rates of blood cancer cure and remission. People living with some types and stages of cancer may also benefit from treatment with radiation.

Every September The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society observes Blood Cancer Awareness Month as a way to raise awareness about blood cancers and the work LLS is doing to advance research to find cures and provide access to breakthrough treatments for blood cancer patients.

Since 1949, LLS has invested almost $1 billion in research to advance therapies and save lives. They are working everyday to provide resources and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Funding from everyday ordinary people is helping save lives not someday, but today. Click to learn more about helping LLS.

Help Strike Out Cancer with the Jason Motte Foundation and the St Louis Cardinals! Visit the organization website to learn more.




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.

photo by rainofhearts

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 Monday of each month. Call the center to schedule an appointment. Beginning September 19, 2016, legal assistance will be changing to the THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH.


Upcoming Events Schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays in September - 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 September - 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, September 15 - 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, October 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

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

Live Well and Be Well: Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Workshop - Wednesdays 9:30a - noon Sept 21 - Oct 19. We are offering a great class for individuals with chronic diseases (COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Other physical and mental conditions). If you or someone you know would like some guidance in self managing their chronic disease, please call and register for the class!! Call 618-664-1465 x103. Please Register by Sept 20, Space is Limited! Click Here to read full info flyer!

Upcoming Seminar Sept 6: Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Treatment and Options: Learn more about sleep disorders and the options for treatment including an oral appliance. Tuesday Sept 6, 2016 @ 10:45AM, Bond County Senior Center. Presented by Greenville Family Dentistry's Matthew J. McCullough DMD.

Parkinson's Disease support group meets the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30am. The group is open to anyone with Parkinson's and/or their caregivers. No registration is needed to participate in the Parkinson's Disease support group. Refreshments are served.

Senior Center Awarded Meals On Wheels Grant
Bond County Senior Center is proud to announce that it has received a $1,750.00 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was the Center's 2nd year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.
[CLICK HERE to read the full story from WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News]

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.

"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.

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]

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

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