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Bond County Senior Center

Supporting Positive Aging for Bond County Residents (of all ages!) since 1976

We provide Nutrition, Transportation (BCT), Information & Assistance, Insurance Counseling, Pharmaceutical Assistance, Options Counseling, AARP TaxAide Income Tax Assistance, Education, Health Screenings, and Recreation. Also, a representative from Land of Lincoln Legal comes to the center each month.

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Income Tax Assistance Begins March 8

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will begin preparing tax returns on Monday, March 8.
ALL APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.
If you left your name and number with Center staff, they will be calling you with more information.

More about FREE Tax assistance

White Crane Business Lunches Is Back!

White Crane returned in October 2020! 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.

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.
  The AARP FOUNDATION TaxAide Program is suspending free tax preparation nationwide in response to the COVID-19 threat. The Bond County Senior Citizens Center site will reopen when the Foundation determines that it is safe to do so. We strongly regret this decision and fervently hope to serve taxpayers again 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.

Welcome to the website of Bond County Senior Center.

HOURS: 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday

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. Listen to WGEL 101.7 FM Radio for CLOSINGS due to weather or other circumstances. Watch the MARQUEE SIGN at our location at 1001 East Harris Avenue in Greenville for more announcements and be sure to follow Bond County Senior Center on Facebook!

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Meet Our Staff! Top Row (left to right): Executive Director Jill Ohnesorge.
Middle Row (left to right): Site Manager Darleen Jones, I & A Specialist Tricia Jenner.
Bottom Row (left to right): BCT Driver Dave Doll, BCT Driver Brad.
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New Food & Fun at the Center

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Here are just some of the programs and services we offer!

Thanks to your generosity, we serve more than 18,000 meals to older persons each year!   Over 1100 meals a month are home-delivered to homebound older adults. That’s 56 patrons! And an average of 40 congregate lunch meal patrons are served in our dining room Monday through Friday.   Over 40,000 trips were provided to Bond County residents via Bond County Transit in 2018.   Information on Medicare, insurance, income taxes, and other expense saving programs was supplied over 5,000 times to hundreds of residents.   During February-April 2019, we helped over 237 income taxpayers and brought back more than $190,000 in refunds to the clients and the community.   Each month, the Food Pantry provides food to an average of 250 Bond County families.   That’s 900 people!

Your Donation Today will help ensure Bond County Senior Center can continue to offer these great programs and services in the future.

AARP Foundation “Tax-Aide” Income Tax Assistance & Preparation

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will begin preparing tax returns on Monday, March 8. ALL APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. If you left your name and number with Center staff, they will be calling you with more information.

FREE Tax assistance available and intended for senior citizens and low-income taxpayers of ALL AGES.

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program

Nutrition Programs

  • CONGREGATE MEALS at the Center Mon-Fri at 11:30 am.
  • MEALS ON WHEELS delivered to homebound seniors or disabled Mon-Fri.
  • FOOD PANTRY open Mondays & Thursdays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. AND last Tuesday of each Month 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
  • WHITE CRANE catered box lunches on Wednesdays, October to May.
  • SALAD BAR open to the public Mon-Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
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Insurance Counseling

  • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
  • Medicare Supplement enrollment
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Medicare claims & appeals
  • Beneficiary Rights

Pharmaceutical Assistance

  • Social Security Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help)
  • Medicare Part D

Energy Assistance: 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, THEN call us to see if you qualify for this energy assistance program.

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Transportation

Bond County Transit (BCT) can help you get to your destination. Our professional drivers will provide courteous, curb-to-curb service from your home to your job, doctor, grocery store, pharmacy, beautician, or other destination. BCT is a Transportation Service for the General Public - Anyone of Any Age is eligible to ride!

Need a Ride? Call 618-664-9844 or toll free 1-800-257-9012.

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Recreation

The Center provides a place to relax and visit with friends, enjoy cards, games, movies, parties, special trips, and a variety of other activities.

  • BINGO for Seniors (60 & Older) is currently suspended due to Covid-19 precautions.
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Options Counseling

An interactive decision-support process to determine appropriate long-term care choices in the context of the consumer’s needs, preferences, values and individual circumstances.

Health Screenings

  • Currently suspended due to Covid-19 precautions.
  • Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar checks on first Tuesdays 11am-1pm, sponsored by Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  • A blood pressure computer is available for those who would like to monitor their own blood pressure.
  • Hearing Screenings, call for information.

Education

Educational classes and workshops include Rules of the Road, 55 Alive Driver Safety Course, consumer awareness, food demos, health and safety, Medicare issues, and other topics of interest.

Announcements & Notifications

Age Smart Learning Channel Classes

AgeSmart’s Learning Channel Virtual Classes Are Here!

AgeSmart is partnering with GetSetup to offer a free online learning pilot program for a limited time to help you stay connected, learn new skills so you can live your life to the fullest. These small group classes, taught by retired educators, are designed to keep your mind active, allow you to engage with others, and increase your ability to live independently. But most importantly, have fun!

Rules Of The Road Review Classes

Rules of the Road Review Class for Seniors

Sponsored by: the Secretary of State
All classes are held at the Senior Center 9:00am to 11:00am
Pre-Registration is required for all classes. Call Center Manager, at 664-1465.

March 8, 2021
June 7, 2021
September 13, 2021
December 13, 2021


More Programs & Activities in 2021 include:

“Buy One Lunch, Get One Free”

On a specified date, Bring a friend (60+) to lunch at the Senior Center and they will eat free! Everyone should take advantage of this great offer. Meet new people, reacquaint with old friends, have a nice lunch and a good visit.

Meals On Wheels

America, Let’s Do Lunch

When you bring someone a meal, you show that you care.
   Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver 1 million nutritious meals to seniors every day. Volunteers also provide safety checks and friendly visits – helping seniors to stay healthy and in their own homes.
   With 1 in 6 seniors already facing the threat of hunger and the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs dedicated volunteers now more than ever. Donate your lunch break to volunteer with Meals on Wheels and start making a difference in your local community.

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PayPal accepted at Bond County Senior Center

We are proud to offer a method of secure online payment for donations. Bond County Senior Center accepts PayPal for services, programs, Meals On Wheels funding, and our building maintenance fund. PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

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March For Meals, a nationwide celebration of neighbors serving neighbors through the Meals On Wheels program. Celebrate and support home-delivered meals each March by: Volunteering your time, Contributing what you can, Speaking up for seniors, and/or Becoming a strategic partner.

Drink Prairie Farms Milk and Give to What Mooves You. Bond County Senior Center participates in Prairie Farms’ “Our Caps, Your Cause” Program. We need your help to get to 1,000 caps so we can get a donation check. You can peel the labels and enter the codes on the Prairie Farms Milk Caps website yourself, or you can drop them off at the Center and we will enter them. Thank you for your continued support!

“Extra Help” with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. Chubby Checker wants everyone to know about the “twist” in the law that makes it easier for senior and disabled Americans to qualify. To apply for extra help, there is an easy-to-use online application available at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Subaru Share the Love Event - Meals On Wheels America

Subaru “Share The Love” Event supports Meals on Wheels at Bond County Senior Center

   For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from mid November, through early January, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of a participating charity, one of which is Meals on Wheels. At the time of 2020’s promotion, Share the Love had helped deliver over 2.3 million meals to America’s seniors. Meals on Wheels America, along with ASPCA, are the only national partners that have participated in Subaru’s Share the Love Event since its inception in 2005. Subaru and its retailers support Meals on Wheels because it’s part of their commitment -- to leaving the world a better place than they found it through the core values of trust and love.
   Through Meals on Wheels America and Subaru, Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. has received 11 grants (as of 2018). These grants help fund our local Meals on Wheels program. If you are considering a new vehicle, please consider Subaru and support the charities!

Non-Discrimination Statement

Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. receives funding through the Older Americans Act; U.S.A.O.A., the Illinois Department on Aging, and SWIAAA. Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. does not discriminate in admittance to programs or treatment of employees, or in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act; the United States Civil Rights Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the United States and Illinois Constitution. Persons who feel that they have been discriminated against have the right to file a complaint with the Illinois Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 (voice or TDD) or with the Director of Bond County Senior Center at (618) 664-1465.