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
We Are In Need Of Your Support
The annual fund drive for MASS continues and at the end of the first 6 months of our fiscal year we are on our way of meeting the 2018 goal of $80,901 but are not at the finish line yet. This is cash match we must provide to receive our federal & state 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 Transportation Services in all of LaSalle County. Please keep that in mind when you make your contribution. THANK YOU FOR CARING!

On our wish list this quarter are additional Q’Straints for use in our 12-passenger van. This device safely locks the wheelchair in place while transporting. The cost for each is around $100, and we could use an additional 8 devices. This is a cost that was not written into our budget. If you are interested in assisting with this wish, please call MASS and know that your help is greatly appreciated.

Happy Spring/Summer Everyone! As I write this the snow has melted and it is starting to look like spring! I can’t wait to smell lilacs! The next three months will be busy ones for MASS as we celebrate Older Americans Month and a couple of significant milestones. Happy Birthday to you…. it’s MASS’ 40th birthday and we are celebrating with a party!!


On July 24th, MASS will celebrate 40 years of providing services to our communities. Doesn’t time go by in the blink of an eye?! I am so proud of the reputation that MASS has attained, and for all that we do! SO… I would like to invite you to join us on Friday, July 27th as we host ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise 2’ and celebrate 40 years of MASS!! Please look at the enclosed flyer for all the details, and plan on joining us for a fun filled evening. 
(Jimmy Buffet attire is not required but might be fun)! 😊


THEN, on July 27th, I will reach 25 years of employment with Mendota Area Senior Services. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would spend a quarter of my life doing something I love so much! Yes, I am planning on living until I am 100! 😊 I started at MASS doing part-time outreach, moved to full-time I & A, and eventually moved into the director’s position. I have met so many interesting people, listened to stories and learned so much, and have been given the opportunity to go home at the end of each day feeling like I have helped make a difference. As with any job there have been challenges, but I have always been lucky enough to have support from my family, many remarkable co-workers, and the people in the communities that we serve. God willing, I plan on sticking around for a while and I am looking forward to what tomorrow will bring!
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the last 25 years!

Have a GREAT summer everyone!!                                                                             Rayanne

Pork Chop BBQ Results
The staff and Board of Directors of MASS would like to thank everyone who supported our Pork Chop BBQ on March 28th. We served 655 people, cooking 1,200 pork chops, 250 pounds of potato salad, and 7 roasters of baked beans! After brainstorming, we felt our drive-up carryout line ran much more efficiently this year! Our evening ended with a fabulous concert provided by extremely talented musicians from throughout our area.

Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your talent! A special thank you to Heritage Health, Mendota Lutheran Home, Stonecroft Village, OSF St. Paul Medical Center, and Sullivan’s Foods for their contributions to our event. A VERY special thank you to Erv & Gary Safranek for their special potato salad, Kevin Malach for cooking all those delicious chops, Kevin Goy for his expertise in the kitchen, the Mendota Civic Center for use of the facility, and the best volunteers ever!

Another special thank you goes to Eureka Savings Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, First State Bank, H.F. Gehant Banking Co., Midland States Bank, and Pioneer State Bank for donating tickets, and to WGLC Radio for giving them away for us!

 Thanks to all who donated silent auction items, we loved the variety!

 Last, we thank the community for the support you give MASS, it is greatly appreciated. We congratulate Brooklyn Mauch for winning the 50/50 pot, Len Schaller for winning the Lottery Tree raffle, and all the winners who won the silent auction items. See you next year!
A heart-felt thank you is sent out to Heritage Health, the sponsor of this amazing fundraiser. We also thank the other facilities and participants who worked so diligently to help raise funds for MASS. There are not enough words to express how grateful we are! MASS received approximately $10,679 to help us with our cash match goal. Michelle Hansen from Heritage Health won the privilege of kissing “Peaches the Skunk”!  

​Kiss the Critter Follow-up

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 $201! PLEASE ~ don’t throw those cans away ~ bag them and bring them to MASS! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! 

MASS Can Drive
MASS Wish List Thank You!

MASS would like to thank some very special donors who helped with our wish list request from last quarter. Thank you to ~ Norma Peasley, Harold & Darlene Meisel, Jan Kahl, John Elston, Lori & Jeff Simonton, Barb Wieman, and Dan & Sue Doyle. Because of the generosity of these special people, we have been able to start the process of replacing the worn tires on our vans. We are so appreciative and feel fortunate to have such great community support.
Thanks for granting our wish!

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 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 "Cooling Assistance"
AARP Tax Help Thank You's!

MASS would like to thank Bob Krenz and Susan Hochstatter for volunteering their services through the AARP Tax Assistance Program. They devoted 9 weeks of their time to come to MASS twice a week and prepare income tax returns for our senior and disabled clients. We also thank John Huff from Princeton, who coordinates all the tax sites and volunteers. Without his guidance, the service would not be offered. Thanks John!! A big thank you goes to Carol Kern and Geri Sauer for being our appointment greeters and making sure all the necessary “paperwork” was done! Thanks ladies!!