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.


Call now for free assistance in reviewing your Medicare Part D

2nd Annual “Night of Comedy” Nov 3, 2018

Bond County Senior Center is holding it's 2nd Annual Night of Comedy. It's an all you can eat soup supper with pulled pork by Wes Pourchot followed by the comic magician Steve Barcellona. There will be raffles and a silent auction. RSVP and share with family and friends on Facebook!

All proceeds benefit Bond County Senior Center. The center provides Meals on Wheels, Senior Dining and entertainment, Medicare counseling & enrollment, and the County food pantry.

Tickets are on sale now at Watson's Drug Store and the Senior Center:
$25 a couple — $15 individual — $7.50 ages 6-13 — 5 & under free.

Bond County Memorial VFW Post 1377
2043 S 4th St, Greenville, Illinois 62246

Doors open at 5 pm — Meal 5:30-7:00 — Entertainment 7:30 - 9:00 — Silent auction immediately after

Photo Courtesy stevebarcellona.com

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. This year, the awareness month is focusing on four routines that can help people maintain healthy smiles: brush, floss, rinse and chew. According to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes, with a soft-bristled brush.

Although recent news reports have questioned its benefits of cleaning between your teeth, it is still an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque that is not removed by brushing. Plaque can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

Because teeth alone account for less than half of the mouth, rinsing can help eliminate biofilm and bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot. Rinsing often, along with brushing and flossing, may help reduce the chance of dental decay and infection. However, avoid rinses that have alcohol in them.

Lastly, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.

Congratulations to our Adult Coloring Contest Winners: Toni Van Orden, Sandra Landert, and Ruby Corbus! Thank you for all of your entries and we hope to run our summer contest again in 2019.

 


Bond County Senior Center Volunteer Opportunities

[Oct 7, 2018]
Meals On Wheels Drivers Needed

The Bond County Senior Center is seeking drivers to deliver meals to county residents in the Meals On Wheels program. The program delivers meals to homebound persons in the county. The need for drivers is more critical since the fall season has arrived. Several volunteers leave Greenville during cold weather, leaving some slots open. Volunteers go to visit the communities of Keyesport, Mulberry Grove, Greenville, Pocahontas, Old Ripley, and Sorento. The number of clients usually increases during colder weather. 56 people are currently on the list and when the weather gets bad, peoples' health often declines, leaving them homebound and unable to cook for themselves. Those interested in driving can call the senior center at 664-1465 and ask for Darlene Jones.

Bond County Senior Center Employment Opportunities

[May 21, 2018]
Cheryl Schmollinger-File has announced her decision to retire. What a void she will leave within our team! We wish her well in her retirement, and are on the hunt for someone to fill her spot.

The position is Information & Assistance Specialist (part time - M-T 9am - 3pm).
Major duties include, Medicare counseling, options counseling, resource referrals, administering the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends program.
Qualifications: Must be accustomed to using the computer and internet to find answers. Must have the “can do” attitude. This position will be trained and certified as a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor. Knowledge of the Bond County area is helpful but not required.
Please pick up an application if you are interested at 1001 E. Harris Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.

Bond County Transit Employment Opportunities

[September 16, 2018]
FT Dispatcher

Opening for a FULL-TIME DISPATCHER in a fast paced office environment. Responsibilities include daily trip management, demand trip requests, communications and record keeping. Must be able to multi task, have computer and telephone skills. Knowledge of Bond County area is preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age, a negative pre-employment drug test and being part of random drug testing pool is required. 40 hours per week, but flexibility is required.
Applications available at Bond County Transit, 102 Bowman Dr., Greenville, IL 62246 or email resume to julie.pustelnik@bondcountytransit.org. Bond County Transit 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 upon eligibility.

Bond County Transit Bid Opportunities

There are currently no Bid Opportunities with BCT.

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

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 2018. 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 x108.




Stay Cool This Summer!
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.

And don’t forget! When temperatures rise so high in Bond County that a HEAT ADVISORY is issued, the Bond County Senior Center serves as a cooling center from 9:00 - 5:00 weekdays.



"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 991 caps [as of September 21, 2018]. 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/ocyc-redeemcodes/



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 TaxAide Foundation 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 2017. 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 - 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 - 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, October 18 - 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, November 15 - 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...
LIKE Bond County Senior Center on Facebook!



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!


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Support our BAKELESS Bake Sale!

Send a $$ donation to:
Bond 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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Meals On Wheels America 2018 Member Do you love shopping on Amazon? Of course you do. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Next time you hop on Amazon, try using Amazon Smile and select Bond County Senior Citizens Center from the drop down box of charities and organizations to support.

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Rules of the Road Review Class for Seniors Sponsored by: Kiwanis Club of Greenville & 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 Jackie Mueller 664-1465 ext 108.
December 10, 2018

Volunteer drivers are needed for the Bond County Meals-on-Wheels program in 2018-2019! Routes take about an hour. For more information, call 664-1465 and ask for Darlene Jones.

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.

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.

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

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]

Doane Bonney (right) and Darryl Bolen (left), who have retired from the senior center's board, were honored at a special program Friday, July 21, 2017.

[Photo courtesy WGEL 101.7 FM Daily 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]

"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]

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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