Be a Santa to a Senior in 2020
For the 2020 Subaru Share the Love Event (Sponsored by Subaru of America), Bond County Senior Center would like to Share the Love locally by giving each Meals on Wheels senior a gift from Santa.
This year especially is so important to remember our seniors in these uncertain and isolating times. Each senior’s gift request(s) are written on a “Be a Santa to a Senior” Christmas Bulb.
This year, due to COVID-19, Christmas Bulbs are available through the drive-through at Bradford National Bank Main Branch, FNB Community Bank, or at the Senior Center. We are also asking for donations of any of the following items as well:
Fuzzy Socks w/Gripper Bottoms, Sugar Free Cookies or Candy, Hats/Gloves, Jigsaw Puzzles, Adult Coloring Books/Pencils, Word Search or Crossword Books, Paper/Stamped Envelopes, Throws, Women’s Body Powder or Spray, Men’s Body Wash/Shampoo-in-One or Men’s Talc.
Return your unwrapped gift(s), along with the Christmas Bulb tag attached to gift or your donations to the Senior Center by December 11, 2020.
Place gift in the designated box at the Senior Center at 1001 E. Harris Ave. from 8am-2pm Monday through Friday.
Thank you for helping to brighten a Bond County Senior’s holiday season! We are excited to team up with Subaru again for this program which means so very much to us!
White Crane Is Back mid-October
White Crane is coming back on Wednesday, October 14th! This popular fundraiser serves the community and helps support the Bond County Senior Center and the vital services it provides, including the food pantry.
Volunteers prepare the food and deliver it to local businesses. White Crane, which has been offered by the senior center for over 10 years, runs from October through May.
If you want a meal, the order must be in no later than 12:30 PM on Tuesdays. The meals go out Wednesday morning. Find the current menu or how to subscribe to White Crane news on our White Crane info page.
November 3, 2020: We are asking for your help in picking up donations for the Food Pantry. We are in need of volunteers to go to Fairview Heights on November 9th and November 30th in the evening to pick up donations. If there is anyone who could help, please call 664-1465. Thank you!!
August 21, 2020: The Bond County Senior Center is in dire need of volunteers due to the continuing abundance of concern many people are taking in this COVID-19 pandemic. Food pantry distribution is Monday and Thursday from 2 to 4 PM.
Currently, volunteers take the food to the patron’s vehicles. Some home delivered meal drivers are also needed. That time commitment is about an hour and delivery is contact-free.
The two major home-delivered meal routes needing volunteers are Millersburg and Mulberry Grove. Volunteers drive their own vehicles to deliver meals then return the bags and coolers.
Also seeking new volunteers for the SHIP program (train virtually ASAP, serve during open enrollment this fall). SHIP volunteers are called on to assist with questions on Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicaid, employer benefit plans, managed care plans, long-term care, help pay for prescriptions and more.
Counseling can include an analysis of insurance needs, side-by-side policy comparisons, help with filing claims, and appeals or filling out applications for assistance.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should call the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.
Suspension of Services: Senior Center Making Adjustments For Coronavirus
March 18th Updates: As we continue to weather the COVID-19 storm, the senior center is making some more adjustments to our procedures.
These changes are effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.
1. Bond County Senior Center will be closing each day at 2:00 pm. This does NOT affect food pantry distribution.
2. We will not be accepting any face to face appointments. This means no license plate discounts, energy assistance, or Medicare appointments.
We will be accepting phone calls.
3. The doors to our facility will not be open. This is to limit our chances of our facility from becoming contaminated.
Congregate meal clients to pick up a meal — please call 664-1465 to let us know you are here and we will bring your meal to your vehicle.
4. Home delivered meal volunteers — please wait in your vehicle. We will let you know when the meals are ready and bring them outside for you to get.
5. The food pantry volunteers will take the food box out to the patron’s vehicle. Please stay in your vehicle.
The services we provide are extremely important to the most vulnerable populations in our community and we want to be able to provide them as long as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
READ FULL PRESS RELEASE — [March 11, 2020] Per direction by the Illinois Department on Aging, Bond County Senior Center will be suspending our congregate meal program, salad bar and going out to eat program to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Bond County Senior Center will offer a carry out meal or a meal delivered by a volunteer during this suspension of services to those who would normally come eat at our site. If you want a meal, please call 664-1465 and let us know which way you wish to receive it. We will have to strictly follow a policy of making a reservation by 4:00 pm the day before in order for us to pack a meal.
Home delivered meals will still be provided. We are also purchasing shelf stable meals for all home delivered meal clients. These meals are in the event there is a verified case in our area and we are unable to provide meals. They will be delivered to our clients as soon as possible.
All meetings and after hours gatherings at the Senior Center will be postponed until further notice. Group leaders have been notified. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.
Our main focus is to limit exposure to vulnerable populations to this virus, while still providing for their needs. If you have any questions, concerns or needs please call the center at 618-664-1465.