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
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*******WE RE-OPENED ON TUESDAY, JULY 6TH!******






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 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 $1,000. We currently have raised $_____! PLEASE ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bag them and bring them to MASS!  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom driver refresher course designed especially for drivers age 50 and over. This program aims to help community members retain their driving competency, learn driving strategies, understand the effects of aging on driving, reduce the chance of having an accident and know when to retire from driving. At completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate that can be presented to their automobile insurance holder that may entitle them to a discount. There is a $15 fee for AARP members (with AARP membership card) and $20 fee for non-members; on the first day of class and payable to AARP. This fee covers the instruction book and materials. Please arrive 15 minutes early the first day of class. This 2- day course will be held on a date to be determined from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Feik Senior Center inside the Mendota Civic Center. Please call MASS at 815-539-7700 to register.
AARP Smart Driver Program
(Defensive Driving Course)
Volunteer Information Card shared by Schwimmer Chevrolet Buick.
https://www.schimmergm.com
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 fiscal year 2021 is $143,076. 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 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.
  Please take that into consideration when you make
  your contribution.  THANK YOU!

MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support
March BBQ  "Thank You"
​MASS would like to than​k all who supported out Pork Chop BBQ and made it so successful! Once again we beat out old record of dinners served. The pandemic has made the past year difficult, but we have survived because of you. Thanks to our many volunteers for their hard work and dedication. You are awesome! We appreciate our community of Mendota and the surrounding areas for their continued support of our organization.
We are told life is all about attaining balance. As we age, that becomes literal. As early as age 50 our balance can be affected. Balance involves several systems in the body; vision, inner ear, reaction time, muscle strength, and joint flexibility. If any of these systems are not working properly your balance will be affected. One in three people 65 and older fall at least once a year. Many of these falls cause serious injury.

A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. It includes 8 sessions led by a trained facilitator. Please call the MASS office at 815-539-7700 for more information and to register for the 4-week class. (Tuesdays & Thursdays August 17th - September 9th, 10am - Noon.)
A Matter of Balance 
Know Your Smart Phone
Do you have a smart phone or other mobile devices, but you are not “smart” enough to figure them out? Then MASS can help! Volunteer instructors will be here on Wednesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM. They will help answer questions or assist with problems you may have. Call 815-539-7700 to sign up or to find out more information. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Rayanne
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Welcome Back Everyone! As of July 6, 2021, MASS will be fully open! It seems like it has been forever! I 
never would have dreamed that when we were told to shut everything down on March 12, 2020, that it 
would take us 1 year, 3 months, and 24 days to open the doors to the senior center again.

We will be somewhat conservative at first due to the vulnerable population we serve. If you have not 
been fully vaccinated we will ask that you wear a mask when you enter our area. If you refuse we will 
request that you do not come in. In July we will only be offering Bingo once a week, and noon lunches 
will not start yet. We will have our traditional July ice cream sundae afternoon, but we will serve you. 
The July potluck is still in “wait and see” mode. We ask that you do not bring any treats that are not 
prepackaged at this time. We will serve coffee and tea to you, and there is a water cooler with 
disposable cups for your use. You may bring in your own bottled water if you like. While things might not 
be “normal” to start, the most important thing is that we will all be back together again.

While we have been closed there have been a few changes. We have a “new” senior Center Coordinator that many of you may have not met. Jean Eich joined us during the shut-down, and she is eager to meet you. She has come up with some new activities that she is excited to try, and of course she wants to jump in and learn all about the established activities. She is ready to welcome you back!

Most of you know that we have not sent our newsletter out for quite some time. We will be working on putting that together again and hope to have it to your mailboxes fairly soon. During the shut-down we partnered with Sullivan Foods in Mendota to provide grocery delivery to those who could not or preferred not to go to the store in person. It has worked so well that we have continued with the service. If you want to have groceries delivered, here are the steps to follow. Deliveries are provided every Tuesday. Call Sullivan Foods between 7 AM and 1 PM to place your order. You can either pay with a debit or credit card when placing the order, or with a check or cash when the driver delivers. They will take your payment back to the store. Feel free to call our office if you have any questions about this service. 

The pandemic has been hard on everyone. MASS was not able to hold most of our fundraisers. We need 
your support if you can help. Any donation amount will be greatly appreciated. Please consider helping 
us continue providing our services for our aged and disabled.

Thanks again for being so understanding during these challenging times. We cannot wait to see you! 

Have a GREAT summer everyone!!