1901 Tom Merwin Drive
PO Box 376
Mendota, IL 61342
Call Us at 815-539-7700, 815-539-9673, or 1-800-535-5970
Welcome to Mendota Area Senior Services

  We are here for you, you are here for us!  Each day is a treasure.
Serving:
Adams•Earl•Freedom•Mendota•Meriden
Mission•Northville•Ophir•Serena•Troy Grove
Fax: 815-538-2049  -  Email: massinc78@yahoo.com
Website: www.mendotaareaservices.org       
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From the Director
MASS Wish List
We Are In Need Of Your Support
The annual fund drive for MASS is in full swing. The goal for fiscal year 2018 is $80,824. 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 first want to say….THANK YOU! We have survived another fiscal year that has once again been extremely challenging! The state funding issue has been a cloud over our heads for many months, and even though a budget has been passed, we are not receiving state funds as promised. Added to that is a certainty that once the federal budget is officially passed at the end of 2017, we will most likely receive a cut in our federal funding. Given all that, we could not have survived this past year without you!  The donations and support that we received has been inspiring and has allowed us to overcome the lack of funding to meet all of 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 $80,824 to continue with the services that we are currently providing. We are positive that your support and generosity will continue and help us meet our FY18 goal! 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 have several new activities, and as always, our old favorites. We hope you will consider stopping in and joining the fun!

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 NewYear!!

Rayanne

LIHEAP Funding Available
You can apply for LIHEAP assistance at the LaSalle County Housing Authority Building, 100 9th Avenue, Mendota between 9AM and 3PM on Mondays throughout November and December.
When you apply you need to bring the following with you:
 - Most Recent Electric and Gas Bill

 - A copy of your Medicaid card or Medicare Disability Card

 - Proof of income from last 30 days for everyone in your  household

 - Social Security Cards for everyone in your household

 - If utilities are included in rent, you must provide proof  of rent amount (i.e.: rental/lease agreement)

If you have questions, please call MASS at 539-7700 

​MASS’ first annual Book Sale was a huge success! We brought in $279. To everyone who donated books or puzzles for the sale, we thank you very much! A special Thank You goes out to Tina Brouhle and June Prentice and the many other volunteers for their hard work with set-up and tear-down. We couldn’t have done it without you! 
​Book Sale Update
To Darlene Meisel for donating part of her Caregiver Fair cash prize back to MASS!
A Special Shoutout....
Winter Weather Closings
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.
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 Illinois Valley helping friends and neighbors in your community. 
United Way Fund Drive
​Do you love to shop? Do you still have Christmas presents to buy? Why not benefit yourself and MASS while doing some shopping?! For 4 days only, a $5 coupon book will provide you with over $500 in exclusive savings!! These coupons are good online and at various stores including Bergners, Younkers, BonTon, and Carson Pirie Scott.
   

This 4 day event will be held on: Wednesday, November 8th ~ Saturday, November 11th. Hurry in to MASS today to buy your $5 coupon booklet before they are all gone!

​Community Days Sale
​MASS will be offering income tax assistance for 2017 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 19, 2018.  
Appointments will begin sometime in February

​Income Tax Assistance





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!!

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