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.
July 15, 2020: Calling out to our amazing communities again. We are looking for several volunteers to drive to Fairview Heights and Edwardsville a couple days a month to pick up donations for the Food Pantry.
We have several openings in August we are needing to fill. Please call 664-1465 for more information. Thank you for your support!
Suspension of Services: Senior Center Making Adjustments For Coronavirus
March 23rd Update: “Due to current circumstances, we will not be having White Crane lunches until further notice. We will start these up again as soon as possible. Thank you, Darleen, Nutrition Site Manager, BCSC”
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.