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

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Contact Senior Center Director Jill Jones

 

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Services Provided

Information last updated on December 1, 2014.

Meal Program

Meal Program

  • A nutritious meal is available Monday through Friday (serving of Lunch lasts 11:30AM - 12:15PM) at the Center located at 1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville, IL or call 664-1465. Meals are published in advance and reservations are accepted until 4 p.m. the day before the meal is served. Confidential, voluntary contributions are all we request to help defray the cost of this, as well as our other services. Our suggested donation for meals is $4.00 for seniors age 60 or older (diner's card also available making each lunch $3.50), and $7.60 for all others. Click here for this month's menu.

 

 

 

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Home Delivered Meals

Home Delivered Meals

Meals On Wheels America 2017 Member
  • Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., meals are delivered to persons who are homebound. Call the Senior Center for further information.

  • Ask us about our Dog and Cat Food! Yes, even your pet can benefit from the Meals on Wheels program! Pet Food Distribution thanks to a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust.
Additional Options

 

 

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Central Illinois Foodbank

Food Pantry

Bond County Food Pantry is now located at 1001 East Harris Avenue (as of October 2, 2014). The food pantry is located on the north side of our new community building section. Food pantry patrons may park on Washington Avenue and enter from the southwest door.

The pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (New Hours, beginning November 7, 2016).

Donations outside of normal Pantry hours should be delivered to the Senior Center - 1001 East Harris Avenue, Greenville.

And ask us about our Dog and Cat Food! Yes, even your pet can benefit from the food pantry!

Operation Food Search
  • Bond County Food Pantry - in association with Operation Food Search, Mid Illinois Food Bank, and Central Illinois Foodbank (part of Feeding Illinois and Feeding America) - helps fill the void for Bond County families. The pantry tries to supply basic food items to supplement an individual or family's monthly food budget. Most of the food distributed by the pantry is donated by local residents and the pantry is grateful to local growers, churches, businesses and organizations that make periodic donations.
  • Hours: The pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Since the pantry is staffed by volunteers, we appreciate participant adherence to the established hours. Product donations are accepted during normal Food Pantry hours. Donations outside of normal Pantry hours should be delivered to the Senior Center. Checks should be made payable to Bond County Senior Center and designated for pantry use.
  • Please call or visit the Senior Center to pick up a complete informational pamphlet about Bond County Food Pantry services, income eligibility guidelines and volunteer opportunities.
  • The pantry serves residents of Bond County. The income eligibility guideline is established by the Illinois Dept. of Human Services and is periodically adjusted when the poverty guideline is changed.

DHS MAXIMUM MONTHLY GROSS INCOME FOR RECEIPT OF USDA COMMODITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 (JULY 1, 2013 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2014)

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Monthly Income

$1,771

$2,391

$3,011

$3,631

$4,250

$4,870

$5,490

$6,110

For Each Additional Household member over 8, add $620

 

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Bond County Transit Bond County Transit vehicles

Transportation

 

Bond County Transit (BCT) can help you get to your destination. Our professional drivers will provide courteous, curb-to-curb service from your home to your job, doctor, grocery store, pharmacy, beautician, or other destination. BCT is a Transportation Service for the General Public - Anyone of Any Age is eligible to ride!

 

COST

One-way trip within BCT Greenville boundaries or within Bond County on normally scheduled days:
Rider 0 - 12 years:  Local $0.75 / County $1.75  (Please note that children under age 7 must be with an adult.)
Rider 13 - 59 years:  Local $1.75
Senior Rider 60+ years:  Local $1.10
County:  $3.50

Special trips are individually priced.

BCT is Medicaid approved.  This means that medical transportation is FREE to those who qualify under public aid.

Discounted 30-day City transit passes and 10-ride County transit passes are available for purchase.

Exact change is accepted on the bus (drivers cannot make change).

Passes for seniors 60+ years are available on a donation basis.  Please ask the driver or call the office for more information.

No Pets, But He'll Expect You Home
  • Curb to curb service
  • No expensive fuel
  • No wear on your car
  • Any one -- any age

  • PLEASE CALL for the most up-to-date transportation service details.

  • Office Hours are: 7:30am - 5:00pm M-F
  • 618-664-9844 OR TOLL-FREE 1-800-257-9012
  • www.bondcountytransit.org
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Bond County Transit Special Trips

Recreation

  • The Center provides a place to relax and visit with friends, enjoy cards, games, parties, special trips, and a variety of other activities.

 

 

Education

  • Educational classes include Rules of the Road, 55 Alive Driver Safety Course, consumer awareness, health and safety, Medicare issues, and other topics of interest.
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Financial And Legal Assistance

  • Legal assistance is provided on a regular basis through Land of Lincoln Legal Services. Our trained Center staff will help you complete Pharmaceutical Assistance, income tax, etc.
Health Programs

Health Programs

  • Screenings including blood pressure and hearing as well as lectures and workshops on health issues are held on a regular basis.  A blood pressure computer is available for those who would like to monitor their own blood pressure.
  • Plus on the first Tuesday of each month 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., we host Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar checks, sponsored by Helia Healthcare.

Options Counseling

  • Options counseling is an interactive decision-support process whereby consumers, family members and/or significant others are supported in their deliberations to determine appropriate long-term care choices in the context of the consumer's needs, preferences, values and individual circumstances.   This service is helpful when:
    • People are considering (or making) a change of residence
    • People are transitioning from school-based system to adult services system
    • People need help to access publicly funded benefits to finance long-term care services
    • People need to know how to access private pay service options
    • A major life changing event has occurred and people need assistance with long-term care needs.
    The goal: To ensure that people have the information they need to make informed choices about long-term care.
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Other Services

  • Friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, outreach, and other activities are provided by the Center. In addition, representatives of other agencies have office hours at the Center. Check out our calendar or call for dates and times 664-1465.

  • Volunteer Excellence

    Medicare Part D Assistance

    Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) is a voluntary program created by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).  The drug benefit is provided by private companies and offers coverage of outpatient prescription drugs through a standard benefit plan that is set by law.  some plans might offer more coverage and/or additional drugs.  It is available to Medicare recipients regardless of income, health status or prescription drug usage.  Before enrolling in a Medicare prscription drug plan, bring in a list of your drugs, along with your Medicare card, to the Senior Center.  Your drugs will be entered into the computer to determine which plan offers the best coverage.  The premium, cost of each drug, and co-pay will be on the computer print-out.

    You can pay your premium directly, have the premium deducted from your Social Security check, or have it deducted from your bank account.

    Help is available for people with lower incomes and few savings or other assets.  Depending on your level of need, your premium may be reduced or eliminated, your deductible may be reduced or eliminated, your co-insurance and co-pay amounts may be reduced and your coverage gap may be eliminated.  In order to determine if you qualify for this help, you must submit Form SS-108-20B-OCR-SM, Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (also called the Low-Income subsidy or Extra Help Application).

    Open enrollment is November 15 through December 31 each year.  You will be able to change plans once a year.

    A SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) volunteer is available to assist with determining eligibility and enrollment in the Medicare Part D plan. See our calendar for appointment information.
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  • AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program

    Bond County Senior Center offers FREE tax preparation. Our tax preparers have been trained by AARP/VITA and work through the AARP Foundation Tax Aide program. Assistance continues February 2 through April 13, 2017. Tax assistance is available to ALL households regardless of age with combined incomes of $55,000 or less, in 2016.

    Clients may call the Bond County Senior Citizens' Center for appointments beginning mid-January. At their appointment, 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.

    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.

    Volunteers assist only with simple returns, supporting schedules and forms for which they have been trained.  Taxpayers with tax situations outside the scope of the volunteers' training, experience, and certification will be referred to preparers with the necessary training and experience.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Center offers a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. Community members sharing their time, energy, and talents gain personal satisfaction while helping us provide many valuable services.

 

 

 


Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. receives funding through the Older Americans Act; U.S.A.O.A., the Illinois Department on Aging, and SWIAAA.  Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. does not discriminate in admittance to programs or treatment of employees, or in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act; the United States Civil Rights Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the United States and Illinois Constitution. Persons who feel that they have been discriminated against have the right to file a complaint with the Illinois Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966(voice or TDD) or with the Director of Bond County Senior Center at 618-664-1465.


 

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In the News

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.

Senior Center Awarded Meals On Wheels Grant
Bond County Senior Center is proud to announce that it has received a $1,750.00 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was the Center's 2nd year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.
[CLICK HERE to read the full story from WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News]

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]

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...

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

July 15, 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.

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.

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

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