1901 Tom Merwin Drive
PO Box 376
Mendota, IL 61342
Call Us at 815-539-7700, 815-539-9673, or 1-800-535-5970
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From the Director
MASS Wish List
MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support
The annual fund drive for MASS continues and at the end of the first 6 months of our FY we are on our way of meeting the 2017 goal of $64,824, but are not at the finish line yet. This is cash match we must provide to receive our federal funding. All funds are used in providing Information and Assistance, Outreach, and Caregiver, SHAP, and Option Counseling services in a ten township area – Adams, Earl, Freedom, Mendota, Meriden, Mission, Northville, Ophir, Serena and Troy Grove Townships and for Transportation Services in all of LaSalle County. Please keep that in mind when you make your contribution. THANK YOU FOR CARING!   

AARP Tax Services Thank You
MASS would like to thank Bob Krenz and Susan Hochstatter for volunteering their services through the AARP Tax Assistance Program. They devoted 9 weeks of their time to come to MASS twice a week and prepare income tax returns for our senior and disabled clients. We would also like to thank John Huff from Princeton, who coordinates all of the tax sites and volunteers. Without his guidance, the service would not be offered. Thanks John!! A huge shout-out is sent to Carol Kern, Lynn O’Sadnick and Geri Sauer for being our appointment greeters and making sure all of that necessary “paperwork” was completed. Thanks ladies for giving up your time to help us out!

On our ‘wish list’ this quarter are a few more seatbelt extenders for use in our vans. The drivers are finding the need touse these quie often, and it assists them greatly to have enough in each van. The cost for each one is approximately $25.00. If you are interested in assisting with this wish, please call MASS and let us know and please know that it is greatly appreciated!


Happy Spring/Summer Everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the support we have received over the first half of our fiscal year! We are still standing strong, and it’s because of the generosity of each one of you! However, we all know that the state budget issue is still there, and now we are facing issues with the federal budget. This is an added challenge that we must take on. MASS has already made cuts were possible. Open staff positions have not been filled, and we are looking everywhere imaginable to save money. We have to find the additional monies that the state is not paying us somewhere. You may find that transportation hours are not always available when you want them. Our Information & Assistance Specialist is extremely busy, as she is covering both her position and the Outreach position so that we do not have to hire another staff person at this time. The Senior Center open position has not been filled adding additional work to our already over-worked staff.

With this being said, I need to ask a huge favor of all of you. Please be understanding with us when you request services. Drivers are not sitting in the office waiting for clients to call which is saving us money. If you do not call ahead for your transportation needs we may not be able to get you where you need to go. Also, please try to avoid cancelling transportation trips at the last minute. When those rides are scheduled, staff is brought in to provide your rides, and when cancellations come in we are paying staff to be available for no reason. For assistance in the office we ask that you call and make an appointment. We can no longer accommodate walk-ins who expect to be assisted immediately. Office staff will provide you with the same great service as always, but we ask that you be patient, as it may take some time to get to each client that needs our help.

If we all work together and make a few of these small changes now, it will benefit all who depend on MASS services in the future. Lastly, if you have not made a contribution to MASS this fiscal year or could give another we hope you will consider us.

Thanks again for your understanding during these challenging times and………have a GREAT summer everyone!!  

Rayanne

MASS would like to thank everyone who supported our Pork Chop BBQ on March 29th. We send our apologies to those who did not receive dinners. As you have probably heard, the chops were increased to 1000 this year and we still ran out!! We also send a huge apology to those who waited more than ½ hour in the drive-up carryout line.

We are already brainstorming about how we can make it faster and more efficient next year! Our evening ended with a fantastic concert provided by extremely talented musicians from throughout our area. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your talent!

A special thank you to Mendota Heritage Health, Mendota Lutheran Home, Stonecroft Village, and OSF St. Paul Medical Center for their contributions to our event. A VERY special thank you to Erv Safranek for his awesome potato salad, Kevin Malach for cooking all of those wonderful chops, and the best volunteers ever for all of their hard work! Our appreciation is also sent to WGLC Radio for giving away donated tickets and to the Mendota Civic Center for use of the facility. A special thank you is sent to Eureka Savings Bank, First State Bank, H.F. Gehant Banking Co., Pioneer State Bank and First Federal Savings Bank for donating tickets. Lastly, thank you to the community for the support you give to MASS, it is greatly appreciated! See you all next year!!

Congratulations to Shirley Pierson our second annual Lottery Tree Raffle winner. Hopefully you scratched some   great tickets! Also, congratulations to Duane Fassig, our 50/50 Raffle winner. Between the two of these raffles MASS brought in $360! Last but not least…..although our Silent Auction was small this year (mainly due to time constraints of this author), we would like to send a very special THANK YOU to June Prentice for donating quilts to use for the auction! The two winners were: Roseann Godawa & Alan Russell. Congrats!


Pork Chop BBQ.........
LIHEAP "Cooling Assistance"
MASS is collecting aluminum cans to help us meet our FY17 fund drive. Bring us your bags of cans (we’ll take 
any amount) and we will recycle them for cash. Our goal is $500, and at printing time we are at $201! PLEASE ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bag them and bring them to MASS! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! 

Can Drive Continues
MASS is currently taking names of those interested in receiving cooling assistance through LIHEAP. We will not know if funds will be available until later this summer. If you want to be notified if funds do become available, please call MASS and request your name be put on our list. We will notify you as to when and where applications will be taken.
A massive Thank You is sent out to Heritage Health, the sponsor of this amazing fundraiser. We also thank all of those in our Community who supported and donated to this fund. To the participants went so far above and beyond this year trying to earn extra funds for MASS, please know that it did not go unnoticed and is appreciated more than we can express in words. MASS received approximately $10,774 ~ the most money ever raised!! That is  absolutely incredible!! Michelle Hansen of Heritage Health – Mendota was the lucky winner this year and won the privilege of kissing “Peaches the Skunk”!  Go to the Scrapbook page to see some pictures of the finale!
Kiss the Critter a Huge Success!
MASS would to thank some very special donors who helped with our wish list request last quarter. Thank you to ~ Bernice Spanier, Ron & Kay Brunoehler, and Lori Simonton. They gave us a start towards our goal of having sufficient seatbelt extenders in each MASS van. We are very appreciative and feel very blessed to have such great community support. 
   Thanks for granting our wish!!

Wish List "Thank You"!