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.
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From the Director
MASS Wish List
MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support
The annual fund drive for MASS is in full swing. The goal for this year is $80,901. 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. The number of clients we assist keeps increasing, while our funding keeps decreasing. Your contribution helps MASS continue to meet the
needs of the people we serve! THANK YOU! 

  On our ‘wish list’ this quarter is Wal-Mart or Target gift cards in any amount. We find that we “run out” of supplies very quickly when trying to keep our vehicles clean or keep things tidy in the senior center. These are items that are not written into our yearly budget and they add up in a hurry. If you would prefer to give individual items call or stop in and we will tell you what is most urgently 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, but we will soon say goodbye to another fiscal year on September 30th. I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all who have given so generously of your time and money! We are so appreciative of the support we receive!! The need for our assistance is constantly increasing as more and more people learn about the services we provide. Like other non-profit organizations, we must raise additional funds (called cash match) to receive the federal and state funds designated to us. That is why your help is so important. 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 $80,901 to meet our budget. We are almost there, but we still need a little help. We hope you will consider helping us end the year with a shout of “goal met”!!

As the new fiscal year begins on October 1st, as always there will be new challenges. Our service needs will continue to grow, along with an increased fund drive amount. I, the Board of Directors and staff are ready to meet each challenge and continue doing what we do best…. helping people!

I hope you had an opportunity to attend our 40th Birthday celebration that was held on July 27th. What a fun night we had with old friends and new!

Take a minute to look through our newsletter as it is jammed with activities and information. Please feel free to stop in and say hello, have a cup of coffee or see what is going on in the senior center! I’m looking forward to seeing you! 

Remember, fall is coming! It’s my favorite time of the year! I’m looking forward to cool nights, falling leaves, the smell of bonfires, making those yummy, gooey s’mores, and of course watching a few games of football! I hope you enjoy it too! 

MASS's 40th Birthday Celebration
Thank you so very much to the more than 150 people who came to help us celebrate our 40th birthday. What a great night we had! The food, the entertainment, and the company were outstanding! There are many who deserve a special shout-out, so if we miss anyone please let us know!

Extra special thanks are sent to ~
* Mendota Civic Center – for use of the ballroom
* Rachel Green – for her bartending skills
*The MASS Staff – Leesa (& Allen), Jill, Beverly, Ralph, Gary, Bill, Jane (& Chastity), Sonny, Frank (& Nancy), & Rayanne ~ for their hard work in planning and hosting the party
* Doug Hartley – for his help & expert decorating skills
* Carol Kern – for updating & completing the MASS history
And last but not least ~
* Scott Wise – who donated his time and DJ skills for a truly memorable night!

MASS would also like to send an apology to Margaret Ross who was not recognized during past & present staff introductions. You were an important part of MASS for 10 years and we are sorry you were missed!

Rayanne would like to thank the MASS Board of Directors & the MASS Staff for their recognition of her 25th year of employment! Also, many thanks to everyone for the cards, calls and text messages I received! It meant a lot to me!!

We will see everyone in 5 years at our 45th Celebration!

Mendota Area Senior Services is excited to announce that beginning October 1, 2018 we will become a congregate meal site! MASS is partnering with Voluntary Action Center (VAC) to offer a hot, mid-day meal Monday – Friday. Menu’s will be available in advance and will be available in the newsletter beginning in November. Menu’s will also be available to view on our website. You will need to register at least 24 hours in advance for each day you plan on joining us for a meal. 

Meal time has not been determined yet but will be announced soon in local papers and on our website. There is a suggested donation for the meal. Rides will be available for those needing transportation services. As always, call our office with any questions or for more information.
We are very excited about this latest venture
 and we hope we will see many of you at
 our new site in October!!  


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 is collecting aluminum cans to help us meet our FY18 fund drive. Bring us your bags of cans (we’ll take any amount) and we will recycle them for cash. Our goal is $1500 and at printing time we are at $392!! 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!!

MASS Can Drive
MASS Wish List Thank You!

MASS would like to thank very special donors who granted our wish list request for last quarter. Thank you to ~ Jim & Dawn Mathesius! You have helped us to fulfill our wish! We are very appreciative and feel very blessed to have such great community support. 
Thank You!
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
MASS is currently taking names of those interested in receiving heating assistance through LIHEAP. We do not know if funds will be available for this program. If you would like us to notify you if funds do become available, please call the MASS office at 815-539-7700 and request your name be put on the list. We will then notify you as to if, when and where applications will be taken. 
LIHEAP Heating Assistance
Thank You!
​A special thank you to John & Wanda Kofoed for coming to the Senior Center on July 6th and surprising everyone with made-from-scratch Lemon Shake-ups!! It was a special treat for all of us and much appreciated! 
You guys are awesome!

Volunteer Information Card shared by Schwimmer Chevrolet Buick.
Our Summer Garage/Bake Sale was a huge success! We made a total of $1,836.02 ($1,357.77 garage sale/$478.25 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 & 16th.
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