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

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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 have moved into 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.



We Welcome Jill Jones as New Bond County Center Center Director!

January 31, 2017 - The Bond County Senior Center has its third executive director in the 40-year history of the center. Jill Jones, who spent January as acting director of the senior center, has been hired as the new director, replacing Anna Oestreich, who was director the past 34 years. Darryl Bolen, member of the senior center board, said Jones has been the business manager at the Senior Center for several years and has done a marvelous job. He praised Oestreich for preparing Jill for her new role. The director also oversees Bond County Transit and the Bond County Food Pantry. Read the full story, and listen to a soundbyte at WGEL 101.7FM Daily News.

Anna Oestreich and Jill Jones (right)

Employment Opportunity!

Job Opening: Part Time Assistant Cook Needed at Bond County Senior Center.

PT Asst. Cook Wanted: Looking for responsible, organized individual with valid IDPH Food Sanitation license to assist in our kitchen. Must be able to lift 50 lbs., stand for long periods of time and work independently. Responsibilities include assisting head cook with cooking food, prepping home delivered meals & dining room for congregate meals, serving in dining room and cleaning. Will be required to learn how to run kitchen during cook's absence. Approximately 25 hours per week. Applications available at Bond County Senior Center, 1001 E. Harris Ave., Greenville, IL 62246 or email resume to jill.jones@bondcountytransit.org. Bond County Senior Center is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Benefits available, including vacation, sick and insurance, dependent on eligibility.
[DOWNLOAD/PRINT THIS JOB DESCRIPTION]


Quilt Block Design Contest: Theme "County Fair"!

Quilt Block Contest, a part of Bond County Historical Society's 15th annual Quilt Show. Completed quilt blocks are due February 25, 2017. Prizes will be awarded! Official Contest Rules and Entry Forms are available at the HSHS Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Greenville, Illinois and online at bondcountyhistorical.org. Quilt Block entries and winners will be displayed at the Quilt Show March 18, 2017 9a-4p at Greenville Free Methodist Church.


New Food Pantry Hours, Mon and Thurs 2pm to 4pm


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Bond County Senior Center offers FREE tax preparation, Sponsored by AARP Foundation TaxAide Program.

February 2 - April 13, 2017. Each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 2:00pm (last appointments at 1:00pm). Free tax preparation for Senior citizens and taxpayers of ALL ages with income under $55,000. We do most simple returns; taxpayers with complex returns may be referred to a paid preparer. Clients may call the Bond County Senior Citizens' Center for appointments beginning Monday, January 9, 2017.

Clients should bring last year's return, all 2016 tax documents (W2, 1099, Social Security, records of all cash income and deductions, and all other tax materials), as well as photo ID and Social Security card or statement.

In 2016, we helped to prepare and file over 225 returns, and brought back almost $140,000 in refunds to the clients and the community. Yours can be next!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.

AARP Tax Aide (an AARP Foundation tax assistance and preparation program offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service) is the largest, free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service in the nation. It provides service to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those who are 60+, during the tax season from February 1 – April 17 at more than 8,000 sites around the country.


National African American History MonthFebruary is National African American History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

While African American history should be taught and explored throughout the year as part of American History, February's Black History Month is the perfect time to investigate more deeply the struggles, challenges and achievements of African Americans.

So where to start? Go watch the empowering biographical film "Hidden Figures" again or for the first time! (or read the book by Margot Lee Shetterly!)

Next, read more at your local library or at the following websites, and search Google yourself for even more topics, stories, and achievements by Americans lesser studied but equally important!

National Park Service – African American Heritage
The History Channel - BHM Origins, Videos, Photos, Speeches
Smithsonian Education – Black History Month
National Endowment for the Humanities – Black History Month



America, Let's Do Lunch.

America, Let's Do Lunch - Meals On Wheels America

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.

At Bond County Senior Center, we are in great need of Meals on Wheels substitute drivers for 2017. Routes take about an hour. If there is anyway you can occasionally fill in to help us deliver our mid-day Meals on Wheels or know someone who might be available, please call Jackie 664-1465 x104.




Stay Warm This Winter!
Bond County Senior Center offers Energy Assistance advice and help for the Warm Neighbors / Cool Friends energy assistance program. Call the center to schedule an appointment. And CLICK HERE to learn more.



"Drink Prairie Farms Milk and Give to What Mooves You"

Our Caps, Your Cause

Bond County Senior Center is participating in Our Caps Your Cause by Prairie Farms. We are currently at 547 caps [as of December 2, 2016]. We need your help to get us to 1,000 so we can get a check! You can peel the labels and enter the codes on the Prairie Farms website yourself, or you can drop them off at the senior center and we will enter them in. Help us get a donation from Prairie Farms just by saving your milk caps!

Thank you for your help and continued support! #ourcapsyourcause
Here's the link to the website: www.prairiefarms.com/our-caps-your-cause.aspx


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 now located at 1001 East Harris Avenue (Use Washington Avenue entrance behind new addition of our building). Open Mondays & Thursdays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. (New Pantry Hours as of Nov 7, 2016.)
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

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.

AARP / VITA Income Tax Assistance & Preparation from February - April each year. FREE Tax assistance is available to all households regardless of age with combined incomes of $53,000 or less, in 2016. Appointments needed.

Veteran's Administration representatives are now co-located at Bond County Health Department.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance: 3rd Monday of each month. Call the center to schedule an appointment. Beginning September 19, 2016, legal assistance will be changing to the THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH.


Upcoming Events Schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays in February - WAIT WALKERS
A free walking club for those age 50 and older, will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 am. Weather Permitting.

Wednesdays in February - 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 10:30 am - 11:00 am.

Thursday, February 16 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave). Sponsored by Helia Healthcare

Thursday, March 16 - 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Bingo for Seniors (60 & Older) at Bond Co. Senior Center (1001 East Harris Ave). Sponsored by Helia Healthcare

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...
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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:
Bond County Senior Center
1001 East Harris Avenue
Pledge to End Senior Hunger by 2020 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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Meals On Wheels America 2017 Member

Job Opening: Part Time Assistant Cook Needed at Bond County Senior Center. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT JOB DESCRIPTION (Posted December 22, 2016)

Quilt Block Contest, a part of Bond County Historical Society's 15th annual Quilt Show: theme "County Fair". Completed quilt blocks are due February 25, 2017. Prizes will be awarded! Official Contest Rules and Entry Forms are available at the HSHS Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Greenville, Illinois and online at bondcountyhistorical.org. Quilt Block entries and winners will be displayed at the Quilt Show March 18, 2017 9a-4p at Greenville Free Methodist Church.

Volunteer drivers are needed for the Bond County Meals-on-Wheels program in 2017! Routes take about an hour. For more information, call 664-1465, ext. 104.

Anna Oestreich is retiring after 34 years as executive director of the Bond County Senior Center. Oestreich will work through the end of December, then Jill Jones will become the acting director in January 2017. A transition team, which includes staff members, has been formed. Oestreich notes that nothing will change as far as services to the public. Read the full story at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News or in the Dec 1st issue of the Greenville Advocate newspaper. [CLICK HERE to read full text]

Food Pantry Hours of Distribution, on Mondays and Thursdays, are being changed to 2p - 4p, beginning Monday November 7. Anna Oestreich, executive director, said, "We're going to change the hours from 1:00 to 3:00 to 2:00 to 4:00. So, just moving it back an hour in the hopes that that extra hour will give our volunteers time to unload trucks and get everything stocked."
Read the full PRESS RELEASE here.

Oct. 17, 2016 - 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
Jackie.mueller[at symbol]bondseniors.org

Parkinson's Disease support group meets the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30am. The group is open to anyone with Parkinson's and/or their caregivers. No registration is needed to participate in the Parkinson's Disease support group. Refreshments are served.

"Community Champions" highlight March For Meals donation drive in 2016
These Champions will deliver meals and encourage donations to the meals on wheels program during Community Champion's Week (March 20-25) and the following week in March. "The services that we provide the seniors of Bond County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing," said Anna Oestreich, Executive Director of Bond County Senior Center. "Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age."
[CLICK HERE to read the full press release]

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

In the News

Senior Center Debt Paid - January 30, 2017.
At a reception Saturday afternoon, to honor retiring Bond County Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich, Darryl Bolen, member of the senior center board, made an important announcement. He told the large audience the center's $700,000 debt would be paid off as of Monday morning. The debt was for the addition of the Frank and Susan Watson Community Building, to expand the senior center at 1001 East Harris Avenue in Greenville. [Read more and view photos at WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News]

Senior Center director, Anna Oestreich, was presented the Greenville Women's Club Service Award at the 24th Annual Apple Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015.

L to R: John Tichenor, Anna Oestreich, John Goldsmith, Brian Ward, and Nancy Machmer. [Photo courtesy WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News]

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]

The Little Christmas Village That Could
Kathy Kulhan of Greenville used her Christmas Village to raise funds for the Bond County Food Pantry. Donations she received totaled $160.00. Click Here to read a letter from Anna Oestreich and see photos! [April 1, 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]

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]

Funding Cuts Jeopardize Services
Bond County Senior Citizen's Center Life Saver Capital Campaign for the Endowment Fund

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