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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  We are here for you, you are here for us!  Each day is a treasure.
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MASS Wish List
MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support!
The annual fund drive for MASS is in full swing. The goal for fiscal year 2019 is $103,505. This is cash match we must provide to receive our federal and state funding. All funds are used in providing Information & Assistance, Outreach, and Caregiver services in our 10-township area ~ Adams, Earl, Freedom, Mendota, Meriden, Mission, Northville, Ophir, Serena and Troy Grove. MASS also provides transportation services in all of LaSalle County. We appreciate you being as generous as possible when making your donation!

 Our ‘wish list’ has a different theme this quarter.
We want to “wish” to our seniors, supporters, volunteers, board members, staff and their extended families a simple message ~

Thanks for being so caring.
Thanks for being so loving.
Thanks for being so helpful.
Thanks for being so thoughtful.
Thanks for being so selfless.
Thanks for volunteering.
Your actions are priceless……

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, 
a very Merry Christmas, and 
a Happy New Year! 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Leaves are falling, and the holidays are quickly approaching! I say this often; can you tell I love this time of year!

I first want to say…. THANK YOU! We have completed another fiscal year! As always it was extremely challenging! We fell about $10,000 short in meeting our FY18 cash match goal, and due to needed van repairs we went a little over budget. However, we made it and we couldn’t have done it without you!  The donations and support that we received has been inspiring and helped us to meet all our fiscal year obligations. We, and the clients we serve, deeply appreciate all of the generosity shown to us. October begins a new fiscal year at MASS and a new fund drive campaign. We will need to raise $103,505 to continue with the services that we are currently providing. We are positive that your support and generosity will continue and help us meet a hefty FY19 goal! We are busily working on our fund drive letter that will hit your mailboxes in December. Please consider a gift to MASS knowing that your support stays local and helps those around you.

This newsletter is filled to the brim with information! Please take some time to look it over. We are excited about our new venture, hosting a congregate meal site! There is information and a menu located on the insert inside! We hope you will consider stopping in and joining the fun! Don’t forget our fundraisers that are coming up, and please keep those cans coming! (We raised $522.94 in FY18)!
Remember, my door is always open. Please feel free to stop in with comments, suggestions, and complaints, or to just to say hi and have a cup of coffee.

“Sometimes we need someone to simply be there…Not to fix anything or do anything in particular, but just to let us feel we are supported and cared about”. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

Elves for the Elderly
MASS is sponsoring our first ‘Elves for the Elderly’ program. Senior names along with several gift ideas will be placed on Christmas trees at four of our local churches in Mendota. People may select a name(s) from the trees and buy a gift or gift cards for that senior. For many of our seniors, this may be the only gift they receive during the holiday season. Please help us spread holiday cheer by selecting a name or two. At printing time, the church locations were still being determined. You may call the MASS office after November 21st for the tree locations. The trees will be filled with names from November 23rd through December 12th. Gifts may be dropped off at the MASS office and will be delivered the week of December 17th. Thank you for helping!

With winter weather quickly approaching, we want to remind everyone that MASS will announce closings due to weather on 100.1 WGLC-FM Radio and on our Facebook page. Remember, if Mendota schools are closed, MASS is closed, and the MASS vans WILL NOT RUN.

​Winter Weather Closings

Are you a regular Amazon.com user? If so, consider participating in AmazonSmile and designating Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS) as your charitable organization. Here is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support MASS every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to MASS.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com, choose “Mendota Area Senior Services” (MASS) from the list of charitable organizations, and continue shopping. Be sure to bookmark AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return to. Every time you shop using AmazonSmile, MASS will receive a donation from every eligible purchase.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Thank you so very much for considering this option as
 another way to assist MASS in meetings their goals!!

Help MASS While Shopping
It is well known that MASS relies heavily on donations to survive, especially during the budget issues over the last two years. Although some funding is beginning to flow, recovering and maintaining will always be a challenge. We extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to all our supporters: volunteers, board members, the communities we serve, and to all who donate to MASS. We would not be able to be here and SURVIVE without all of YOU! 
Thank You ~ Thank You ~ TY!
MASS will be offering income tax assistance for 2018 returns for seniors and disabled persons. This service is for simple tax returns only. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call MASS after January 21, 2019.  
Appointments will begin sometime in February.

Income Tax Assistance
MASS Wish List  -  A Special Thank You!
MASS would like to thank very special donors who granted our wish list request for last quarter. Thank you to ~ Lori Simonton and “The Quilt & Craft Ladies’ (Jan, Tina, June, Helga, Diane)! You have helped us to fulfill our wish! We are very appreciative and feel very blessed to have such great community support. 

We are always looking for new ideas for activities, programs and day trips to offer at MASS. Please stop in or call if you have any suggestions. We are also investigating an exercise program for active seniors or the possibility of a walking club for the summer. Please let us know if you have ideas or are interested in new activities. We are also in the process of updating our volunteer list. Call Mass if you want to help with any of our many fund raisers or other activities.
Ideas, Suggestions & Volunteering
Thank You!
​MASS would like to thank the Family of Sally Eich for their donation of ceramics, paints and brushes. Check the calendar for painting times that are scheduled to create your own holiday treasure. The next painting opportunity will be in the spring. 

Volunteer Information Card shared by Schwimmer Chevrolet Buick.
​United Way of Illinois Valley fund drive campaign began in September. Your support helps 17 agencies in our area provide a variety of valuable services. MASS is one of those agencies. You can make a general donation to United Way, or you can designate a particular agency to benefit from your contribution. Remember all donations stay in the Illinois Valley helping friends and neighbors in your community. 
United Way Fund Drive
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Thrivent Choice Dollars® directions can help MASS!
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars? By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable funds. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice®” after the prompt. Thank you for giving!

Our third annual Quarter Auction is in the books! We had so many amazing items donated for auction, yummy goodies made for the bake sale, and a tremendous crowd spending those quarters! MASS brought in a total of $937. Thank you to our bakers for the tables of treats to choose from! A huge thank you to June Prentice, Shirley Boyle, Delores Kaminky, Louise Ketcham and Tina Brouhle for donating the auction items! We send a mega shout-out to the vendors, the Moose Lodge, and the Quarter Auction group that coordinates the evening because as always, you did a fabulous job! THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported us, YOU are awesome!

The Results Are In ~