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
MASS Fund Drive Needs Your Support
The annual fund drive for MASS is in full swing. The goal for this year is $66,375. 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 for 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!

Set-up or Assistance with 
'My Social Security' Account
On Friday, September 29th, a representative from the Peru Social Security office will be available at MASS from 10 AM to 12 Noon to assist you with the on-line set up of a ‘my Social Security’ account. They will also answer any questions you may have on social security issues. Your personal online ‘my Social Security’ account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits. By setting up an on-line account you can easily view, print or save social security documents that include your:

Verification Letter, Benefit & Payment Information & Earnings Record.

You can also:  Change your Address, Start or Change your Direct Deposit, Get a Replacement Medicare 
card and Get a Replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for taxes.

Please bring a drivers license or state ID card for registration


On our ‘wish list’ this quarter are additional Q’Straint wheelchair tie-downs for use in our vans. As the number of wheelchair clients utilizing our vans continues to grow, we find that we are in need of 2 -3 extra sets of tie-downs. The cost for a set is approximately $333, and is equipment 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 Fall Everyone!

It’s hard to believe that I am writing those words again! It is amazing to me how quickly time goes by!

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

The need for our services is constantly increasing, and the amount of federal funds seems to decrease. Then of course there is the state funding which we won’t even talk about. Like other non-profit organizations, we must raise additional funds (called cash match) to receive the federal 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 $66,375 to meet our budget. We are almost there, but we still 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 jammed with activities and information. 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! 

Rayanne

LIHEAP "Cooling Assistance"
MASS is collecting aluminum cans to help us meet our FY17 fund drive. Bring us your bags of cans (we’ll take 
any amount) and we will recycle them for cash. Our goal is $500, and at printing time we are at $421! PLEASE ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bring them in or call us & we'll pick up. Help us exceed our goal before September 30th! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! 

Can Drive Continues
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. 
Our Summer Garage/Bake Sale was a huge success! We made a total of $1,585.62 ($1,258.12 garage sale/$327.50 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! There was such a variety to pick from and every single one looked delicious! Also…
THANK YOU to everyone who donated items ~ your support is vital to MASS. See you all in Nov.!

The Results Are In!
MASS would to thank some very special donors who helped with our wish list request last quarter. Thank you to ~ Bernice Spanier, Ron & Kay Brunoehler, Lori Simonton, Ken & Sharon Funfsinn, and Margaret Mathesius-Cerveny & Michael Stradner-Cerveny, and Doris Mellott. You have enabled us to completely fulfill our wish! We are very appreciative and feel very blessed to have such great community support.                                 Thank You!   
A Special Wish List "Thank You"!