This July we're celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. From the start, parks were created to serve the people—to give them a place to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and have fun. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future. This July, let's celebrate the past, present and future of parks and recreation!
Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community, serving millions of people as the places anyone can go to be active, live healthier, connect with nature and gather together. Parks and recreation make our lives and communities better. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future.
According to a 2014 article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, higher levels of green space were associated with lower symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. The Centers for Disease Control found that increased access to places for physical activity led to a 25.6 percent increase in people exercising 3 or more times per week. Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
Bond County Senior Center organizes a free walking club for those age 50 and older, held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 am. at Wait Park & Swimming Pool in Greenville. Weather Permitting. Join us in July, National Park & Recreation Month!
June 10, 2015 – 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!
Kathy Kulhan of Greenville used her Christmas Village this past winter to raise funds for the Bond County Food Pantry. Donations she received totaled $160.00.
Below is what Kathy wrote to Anna Oestreich, executive director of the food pantry and Bond County Senior Center, inviting her to visit the miniature Christmas Village display on March 17, 2015 and personally accept the financial donation:
Many friends and neighbors have come to see it and have honored my 'request' of an 'Admission of 50 cents to $50.00.' :) Because of busy holidays and several illnesses, visitors are STILL coming this week, from Effingham, Springfield & even Greenville. I would like for you to be the last visitor before I begin packing it all away until the next time.
I think you had a great suggestion to put the story and a few pictures on your website. I hope it would encourage others to do something similar for the Food Pantry, and even try to 'out-do me' with the amount of $$$ raised. :)
Thanks very much, Kathy
Anna Oestreich says, "I really enjoyed touring the village and visiting with Kathy and Bob. It was amazing - so much detail! It was a wonderful idea and it was so gracious of her to make it a benefit for the food pantry. I took [several] photos. I like the close-up and the train – magical!"
Here are just some of the services we offer!
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.
VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance February - April each year. Tax assistance is available to all households regardless of age with combined incomes of $52,000 or less, in 2014. 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 July - WAIT WALKERS
Wednesdays in July - STRONG FOR LIFE
Thursday, July 16 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 20 - 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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Jan. 30, 2015 - White Crane Business Express Lunches Are Back!!
White Crane Catering offers Sandwichs and Salads on Wednesdays October-May. Click Here to find the monthly menu offerings! If you would like to be on our email list to receive our menus please email
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.
May 8, 2014 - Job Openings: Full Time & Part Time Drivers Needed at Bond County Transit.
Looking for full and part time 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.
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
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
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]
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.
Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders of Bond County make donation to Bond County Senior Center Food Pantry. Photo and cover page article appears in February 2012 issue of Agriculture Advocate, a news publication for multi-counties of Illinois Farm Beureau.
Community Service Award
Bond County Senior Center honored by Greenville Women's Club in October 2011 for Community Service.
Funding Cuts Jeopardize Services
Bond County Senior Citizen's Center Life Saver Capital Campaign for the Endowment Fund
Read what else we've been up to over the years.