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
Celiac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May and is supported by Beyond Celiac (formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) (and other relevant organizations). This event raises awareness about celiac disease, and highlights the work of Beyond Celiac which provides support for those affected. Beyond Celiac, in collaboration with scientists and other organizations, also supports research into celiac disease.
In the United States, approximately 3 million people have celiac disease (that's 1 in 133 Americans!); 21 million people have this disease or are sensitive to gluten. Of the 3 million who have this disease only 5% know they have it. This awareness event aims, in part, to make more people aware that they may have this disease and that by eating gluten free foods, they can eliminate their symptoms.
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease which damages the small intestine. The small intestine is part of the gut which digests & absorbs nutrients from food. When the small intestine is damaged, the rate of nutrient absorption from food is reduced.
Celiac disease can affect people in many different ways and symptoms vary in severity. Due to the large number of possible symptoms, there are 3 recognized types of celiac disease.
In many cases, where there are no noticeable symptoms, a person has 'silent celiac disease'.
People with 'minor celiac disease' have minor symptoms. These can include a wide range of symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, weight loss, and mild abdominal pain.
People with 'major celiac disease' have severe symptoms which can be of great discomfort. These may include 'minor celiac disease' symptoms which are more severe, and other symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea and muscle spasms.
People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten which triggers these symptoms. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as barley, wheat and rye. Consumption of gluten can affect the whole body. Celiac Awareness Month also raises awareness about sensitivity to gluten.
Treatment for celiac disease and gluten intolerance is straight forward; those affected are advised to avoid foods which contains gluten. This awareness event helps educate and inform the public about gluten free foods. However, it is not always easy to determine if a food item is gluten free; this event also encourages appropriate labeling on food items.
Read more about Celiac Disease, Gluten, Advocacy, and Research at BeyondGluten.org.
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.
Senior Health Insurance Program
Medicare Supplement enrollment
Medicare Savings Program
Medicare claims & appeals
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 May - WAIT WALKERS
Wednesdays in May - STRONG FOR LIFE
Thursday, May 19 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 16 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Bond County Senior Center partners with the Energy Assistance Foundation to provide energy assistance through
Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends.
Support our BAKELESS Bake Sale!
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"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
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...
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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