1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-1465

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Contact Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich

 

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Welcome to the website of Bond County Senior Center.

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.


We support positive aging for Bond County residents (of all ages!).

We are moving to a new building on a new site to better provide our services.

Use the links on the right hand side to see what we've been up to.

Use the links along the top of the page for current lunch menus, services, and schedules.

Here are just some of the services we offer!

Nutrition Programs:
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 located at 1445 S. State Highway 127 (on the corner of Rt. 127 and Bowman Industrial Drive) right behind Greenville Flower Shoppe. 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.

Insurance Counseling:
Senior Health Insurance Program
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 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 2013. Appointments needed.

Veteran's Administration: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call the center to schedule an appointment


Upcoming Events Schedule:

Thursday, April 3 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave)
Sponsored by First National Bank

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.

Tuesday, April 15 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Learn - Fraud and Scams - presented by Karen Kessinger of Midland Bank at the Bond County Senior Center. Come learn how to keep a step ahead of the crooks!

Thursday, May 1 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave)
Sponsored by First National Bank

We have moved on September 23rd!

to 1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville.

Watch the marquee sign at our new location for more announcements and be sure to...
LIKE Bond County Senior Center on Facebook!


Your County, Your Center Capital Campaign in progress!

Photo Credit Greenville Chamber Of Commerce, mid-December 2013.

"Your County, Your Center"

Dan Johnson of Johnson Signs & Designs turns the heat up on the fund raising thermometer at the Bond County Senior Center. The capital campaign for the Frank & Susan Watson Community Building addition has steadily drawn closer to the goal of $650,000.

This addition should include a full kitchen, large dining room, and food pantry collection/distribution center. You can donate to the Bond County Senior Center Capital Campaign any time. Contributions can be sent to our location at 1001 East Harris Avenue in Greenville, Illinois. For more information, call the Center at 664-1465. We've supported positive aging for Bond County residents (of all ages!) since 1976 and we need your help now.

 

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Remember...We Are Their Voice.

According to the ASPCA, every ten seconds an animal is abused or beaten. In 2014, the ASPCA celebrates 148 years of fighting animal cruelty. Recognizing cruelty is simple right? Not quite, say ASPCA experts. "It's almost impossible to make conclusions based on a pet's behavior alone" says the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center's Kristin Collins, CPDT.

You are probably familiar with well-publicized animal cruelty cases BUT did you know:
-- Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair? That is animal cruelty.
-- Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without shelter? That is animal cruelty.
-- Your neighbor who doesn't treat their diabetic cat? That is animal cruelty
-- Your co-worker who keep his puppy in a crate 24 hours a day? That is animal cruelty.

"Reporting suspected animal cruelty ensures that animals in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care" says ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano. "By making a complaint to the police or Humane Society in your area-you can even do so anonymously-you can help ensure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators of animal cruelty are brought to justice." When you call to report animal cruelty, make sure to keep a careful record of whom you contact, date, and outcome of your discussion. If you witness the cruel act yourself, you can go to your local police commissioner and ask to swear out a warrant to summon the accused person to court.

Every year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to Go Orange for Animals throughout April. So, here are five ways you can Go Orange for Animals this month:
-- Donate to an Animal Welfare organization, preferably your local humane society, animal shelter or wildlife rescue in your own city or county. First, research how the organization budgets its finances and try to donate only where your money will make the most direct impact in the lives of animals.
-- Volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue. If you'd like to make a difference in the lives of abandoned animals, volunteering at an animal shelter is one of the best ways that you can get involved. Providing animal care, cleaning kennels, walking dogs, fostering, grant writing, and participating in fundraising events are all activities that you can take part in as a volunteer.
-- Learn more about the animal welfare organizations that are fighting for the welfare and conservation of animals. Read books and watch documentaries that raise awareness, promote the protection of animals and that celebrate the beauty and intelligence of animals. Also, continue learning how you can be a responsible and loving pet parent and how you can help others to do the same.
-- Take Action. Make a personal vow to be a responsible pet parent, and to speak out against animal abuse. We are the voice of those who cannot speak so if you are a witness of animal cruelty or neglect, don't hesitate to report it. Another way to take action is to be mindful of the products that you use, products such as cosmetics which are often tested on animals. Make a conscientious effort to be cruelty free.
-- And finally, ADOPT a homeless animal from a shelter, spay/neuter your pets, and keep them vaccinated and safe. Bond County Humane Society in Greenville, Illinois is offering free spay/neuter this month for those skittish outdoor cats you might be feeding. Visit their website for their contact information to find out more!




Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Assistance with income tax preparation through the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and the AARP TaxAide Program continues February through April 15, 2014. Tax assistance is available to ALL households regardless of age with combined incomes of $52,000 or less, in 2013.

We are now taking appointments and will begin offering the service February 3. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.




Bond County Senior Center partners with the Energy Assistance Foundation to provide energy assistance through 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

Call us to see if you qualify. It is a matching program that allows us to match a payment the customer makes up to $350.00, even if it leaves a credit on the clients account for next month. The income guidelines are set so that if you make a little too much to qualify for LIHEAP you will qualify for this program!


March for Meals logo

Support our BAKELESS Bake Sale!

Send a $$ donation to:
Pledge to End Senior Hunger by 2020Bond County Senior Center
1001 East Harris Avenue
Greenville, IL 62246

Bond County Senior Citizens Center provides meals to homebound seniors & seniors who congregate at the center. These seniors are your neighbors, friends, teachers, parents and grandparents. We seek to get the word out & raise money for these nutritional programs. Won't you consider volunteering to help deliver meals or taking the pledge to end senior hunger by 2020?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important Notifications

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.

March 3, 2014 - White Crane Lunches Are Back!!
White Crane Business Express offers Sandwichs and Salads on Wednesdays. Click Here to find the monthly menu offerings!

October 31, 2013 - Senior Center Launches 'Your County, Your Center' Capital Campaign. Plans for an expansion project were announced at a special breakfast today. Bond County Senior Center launched a campaign to raise funds for a 3,200 sq ft addition to its new location. The addition will be named for Senator Frank Watson and his wife, Susan, in honor of the work done by the couple to support the community as a whole, and the work of the Center in particular. The future addition will house a dining room, kitchen, and food pantry. When the new addition is complete, the space now used for dining will be converted for meetings and general community use. The campaign's goal is $650,000. Those interested in contributing to the campaign should contact the Center at 664-1465. CLICK HERE to read the full article from the WGEL 101.7FM Daily News.

August 31, 2013 - Guess who's moving! We are! By mid-September 2013, Bond County Senior Citizens Center will have moved into its new home at 1001 East Harris Avenue in Greenville - the Mt Zion Temple building. Lunch dining; social recreation activities; various health, financial, legal, etc services; and regular group meetings will all relocate with little or no interruption. The Food Pantry, however, will operate for a time at a separate location: 1445 S. State Highway 127 (on the corner of Rt. 127 and Bowman Industrial Drive) right behind Greenville Flower Shoppe. Parking is available behind the building. CLICK HERE to read the full article from the Greenville Advocate Newspaper July 11, 2013 edition.

March 12, 2013
Bond County Senior Center is now part of FACEBOOK! CLICK HERE to visit our new Facebook page and "LIKE" it. Stay up to date with all of our services and activities. Share with your families and friends as we support positive aging for Bond County residents of ALL ages!

November 30, 2012
White Crane Business Express Box Lunches are available on Wednesdays and may be eaten in our dining room, picked up, or delivered by a BCSC volunteer. CLICK HERE to read more about White Crane Lunches!

May 5, 2012
Bond County Senior Center has recently received a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust to purchase pet food for our Meals on Wheels Clients with dogs and cats! More information will be posted when the program here is underway. For now, read more about the Banfield Charitable Trust and how you can donate and help fund expenses associated with starting or maintaining a pet food distribution program.

January 8, 2010
Watch this video and Read this press release. Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

In the News

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...

Greenville College Football Team holds Pantry Food Drive. Click to see photo from page 12 of Greenville Advocate newspaper issue September 10, 2013.

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.

Bond County Food Pantry helped by end of school year Junior High food project. Click to see photo from page 2 of Greenville Advocate newspaper issue May 29, 2012.

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

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