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

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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 $80,901. This is cash match we must provide to receive our federal funding. All funds are used in providing Information & Assistance, Outreach, Caregiver, SHAP and Option Counseling 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. Please take that into consideration when you make your contribution. THANK YOU!

 On our ‘wish list’ this quarter are tires for our transportation fleet. A couple of our vans are in need of new tires and each set has a price tag of approximately $700. This is a cost that was not written into our yearly budget! 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 February everyone! Can you believe we are in the second month of 2018 already? 
I want to apologize to everyone for the newsletter getting to your mailboxes so late. Life has been a bit crazy around our office for the past few weeks, so we are a little behind. Thank goodness this is a quarterly newsletter! 

Unfortunately MASS is still facing the challenge of NO State funding for our FY18. On the federal level with only a stop-gap budget being passed, our funding from that source was reduced and then stopped. We will receive no federal funds for the next several months even if congress passes a permanent budget. We are so very grateful for the support that we have received from our communities and the areas we serve. Without your generosity, MASS would most likely be shut down or providing extremely limited services. On behalf of the clients we assist, the Board of Directors, our staff, and myself, I want to say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!  Because of YOU we have been able to continue with our mission of helping our aged and disabled clients. We hope that we can count on your continued support. If you have not made a contribution to MASS this year, or perhaps could give another, we hope you will consider us. We can never say it enough, thank you!

On a lighter note, it is once again Kiss the Critter time! Take a look inside the newsletter for a listing of all the activities that are happening to promote this awesome fundraiser! While you are looking, check out some of the other events coming up including our world famous Pork Chop BBQ. 

Think Spring!   

MASS Annual Meeting and Volunteer Lunch
The 39th annual meeting of Mendota Area Senior Services was called to order on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM following a luncheon honoring MASS volunteers. The meeting detailed accomplishments of last year along with a summary of upcoming events. Fiscal year 2017 reports were distributed and explained. Changes to MASS by-laws were presented and approved. Board members Allen Bonnell, Nancy Bogle, Mary Louise Ambrose, Nancy Jackson, and James Strouss were all elected to another 3 year term. The annual meeting was preceded by the Volunteer Recognition Party. During the year 2017, 113 MASS volunteers donated 1589.25 hours of their time and energy to MASS. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year was announced and the winner was Allen Bonnell with 224 hours of volunteer service! The majority of Al’s hours are spent being a volunteer driver. Thank you and congrats AL! 
Other volunteers recognized were Bernice Spanier with 218.5 hours, Carol Kern with 73.5 hours, June Prentice with 39.5 hours, and Nancy Smith with 39 hours. To ALL of our volunteers, THANK YOU! We could not do all that we do without YOU!!

​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
Winter Weather Closings
With any luck, winter weather is behind us…But we do live in Illinois so you never know. We do want to remind everyone that MASS will announce closings due to weather on 100.1 WGLC-FM Radio. Also, please remember, that if the Mendota schools are closed, MASS is closed and the MASS vans do 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 including MASS. Please consider a donation to them. 
United Way Fund Drive
​Tax time is in full swing and MASS is offering free tax assistance / preparation. This is a great value to our seniors. Taxes will be done by appointment only for persons age 60 and over or disabled under the age of 60 starting February 12, 2018. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your appointment and bring the following:
-Social Security Card, Photo I.D. & last year’s tax return
-Proof of Insurance (if under age 65)
-If married, both parties MUST be present or POA will be required

This service is for simple tax returns: volunteers are not trained to handle returns that involve difficult capital gains, extensive investment returns or farm earnings. In these cases, seek professional advice. All tax returns will be filed electronically. Appointments will be available on Mondays and Thursdays. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call MASS at 815-539-7700.

Appointments are limited, so call MASS early.

​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!!

Help MASS While Shopping
Fall Garage Sale: With the terrific help of our volunteers and the support of our shoppers and community, MASS profited $1327.91. Awesome!  

Baked Potato Bar: The potatoes were “huge” and MASS made $978. The 50/50 winner was MASS. Thank you to the anonymous person that wrote MASS on their ticket ~ we received $230.00. 

Mrs. Santa Bake Sale: We had great volunteers and lots of “goodies” and profited $426.00.

Spaghetti Supper: The results are still being tallied and will be in the next newsletter. Dave Jones was the lucky winner of $109.50 in the 50/50 drawing and generously gave a portion back to MASS! THANK YOU! 

MASS would like to THANK Wilma Stillwell (for the potatoes), Heritage Health, Mendota Lutheran Home, Stonecroft Retirement Village, and OSF St. Paul Medical Center (for potato toppings and treats), and Mendota Civic Center for the use of their kitchen. A special thanks to Kevin Goy for his expert spaghetti cooking skills, and to the many volunteers who made it all possible! We are lucky to have such great support from our community!

The Results Are In....
MASS is continuing our can drive! Bring us your bags of cans and we will take them to our local recycling plant to exchange them for cash. Our goal this fiscal year is to raise $1500. We currently have raised $108.82! PLEASE ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bag them and bring them to MASS! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! 

MASS Can Drive
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Roberta Northcutt of Stonecroft Retirement Village. Roberta has organized bake sales and has spent many hours baking delicious treats & then donates the proceeds to MASS. Not only did Roberta promote and host these events; she recruited other bakers at Stonecroft! Roberta has decided it is time for her to put away her pans and retire. Thank you for all that you have done, it is people like you that make it possible for us to provide our services to our community.  

Roberta, You Are Amazing!