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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MASS Wish List

On our ‘wish list’ this quarter is a kind-hearted person who will help us out at our transportation garage. We need someone who has access to an end loader or Bobcat and has some time available to spread around a pile of dirt at the garage. The City of Mendota has graciously donated the dirt to fill in ruts left by a semi who used our area as a turn-around during all of the wet weather. This is not a big job; we just don’t have the equipment needed. We appreciate the generosity we have seen since the start of our “Wish List”! Please know that we truly appreciate everything that is done for us! 

Happy Fall Everyone!

It’s hard to believe that I am writing those words again! A year has gone by so quickly, and as I look over what I wrote last year at this time, I am amazed at how some things stay the same!

Our fiscal year will soon be ending, and I want to again take this opportunity to say Thank You to all who have given so generously of your time and money! We would never make it without you! Your belief in us and what we do keeps us going! 

The need for our services is constantly increasing, and the amounts we receive through federal and state funds does not increase. Like other non-profit organizations, we must raise additional funds (called cash match) to receive the federal & state funds designated to us. That is why your help is so critical. With each donation given, you know that it will stay local and will help with our day to day operations. By September 30th, we must match $103,505 to meet our budget. At printing time, we are still $40,000 short of reaching our goal and we need your assistance. If you have not given your donation yet this fiscal year, would you consider helping? Whether you can give a little or a lot, every single gift helps!

As we begin a new fiscal year in October, we will face new challenges. Our service needs will continue to grow, along with an increased fund drive amount. The MASS Board, Staff, and I are committed to meeting those challenges.

Take a minute to look through our newsletter as it is packed with information. There are new activities, programs, and changes to Medicare D Open Enrollment. We hope you will join in on some of the fun, or just stop in to say hi! Remember, fall is coming, and it is my favorite time of the year! I can’t wait for falling leaves, cool nights, bonfires, s’mores, and of course football! I hope you enjoy it too! 

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/when funds 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.

​LIHEAP "Heating 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!!

Help MASS While Shopping
MASS Can Drive Continues
​MASS is collecting aluminum cans to help us meet our FY19 fund drive. Bring us your bags of cans (we’ll take any amount) and we will recycle them for cash. Our goal is $1000 and at printing time we are at $206!! Please ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bring them in or call us & we’ll pick up. We need your help to pass our goal by September 30th! Bottoms Up!!
Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is providing a free class for people who want to learn more about using their smartphones. All smartphones are welcome-iPhone and Android operating systems will be covered. Smartphone basics will be discussed with Q&A at the end of the presentation. Join MASS & WIAAA on Thursday, October 24th at 10 AM in the Feik Senior Parlor at the Mendota Civic Center. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend! Pre-registration is helpful!  
Know Your Smartphone
Volunteer Information Card shared by Schwimmer Chevrolet Buick.
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!

The annual fund drive for MASS is in full swing. The goal for this year is $103,505. This is cash match we must provide to receive our federal funding. All funds are used in providing Information and Assistance, Outreach, and Caregiver 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. 

MASS needs to raise $40,000 by September 30th to meet our commitment and continue to meet the needs of the people we serve! Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! 

MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support
Leaving A Legacy
Most people consider giving a financial gift or a specific item to an heir or loved one, but what about giving voice to your thoughts through written words? ‘Legacy Letters’ can do that for you. Please join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at 1 PM as Gena Cimaroli, Certified Elder Care Coordinator explains what a Legacy Letter is and how you can create one to pass on to your loved ones. Pre-registration is helpful. Call MASS at 815-539-7700.

A Special Wish List "Thank You"
​MASS would like to thank very special donors who granted our wish list request for last quarter. Thank you to ~ Dora Messer, Kathryn Funfsinn, Ron & Donna DeLay, Sharon Wood, Sandra Gann, & Norma Peasley! You have helped us to fulfill our wish! Please let me know if I missed you and accept my apologies! Thank You!   
Our Summer Garage/Bake Sale was a huge success! We made a total of $1,360.33 ($943.33 garage sale/$417 bake sale)! We could not have done it without the help of our MANY volunteers and their hard work before, during, and after the sale. To our volunteers that donated baked goods…thank you so very much! Also…THANK YOU to everyone who donated items ~ your support is vital to MASS. Remember our Fall Garage Sale will be November 15th.
The Results Are In
Don’t feel like cooking today? Feel like visiting with old and new friends? Then join us at our Congregate Meal Site! Lunch is served Monday – Friday at 11:30 AM. If you are 60+ the suggested donation is $4.00/day, and under 60 $6.00/day, but no one is denied due to inability to pay. You can choose the day(s) you want to eat or sign up for an entire week or month. Reservations MUST be made 24 hours in advance so that we can call the count in. A monthly menu is available at the senior center or will be posted on our website. Please call MASS at 815-539-7700 for more information or to register for meals! Come join in on the fun!
Congregate Meals