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.
Fax: 815-538-2049 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On our wish list this quarter is a rolling magnet tool for use at the transportation garage. We constantly pick up items in the drive, and this tool would be extremely useful. We are also in need of paper towels for the senior center. If you are interested in assisting with this wish, please call MASS and know that your help is greatly appreciated!
Spring!? As I write this it is snowing, and I am beginning to wonder if spring will ever make her arrival! I think everyone agrees; it has been A LONG WINTER! I am anxious to smell my lilacs and start digging in the dirt. Time has a way of moving faster than we can blink, so I will be right there complaining with you about the hot, humid 90-degree weather. 😊
The next three months will be busy for us here at MASS. We celebrate Older Americans Month in May so we have planned several special events that we think you will enjoy. I like to change things up, so into the mix of our older, established activities, I have added a couple of new ones. Make sure you check out the monthly calendars as they are packed, and I know you won’t want to miss all of the fun! Speaking of change ~ Leesa, our Senior Center Coordinator has moved on to a full-time position. We will miss her, and we wish her well. So, until we have a new coordinator in place please have patience with me!
I do want to mention one event that I didn’t have room for in the newsletter. Western Area Agency on Aging will hold one of their 2019 Public Hearings here at MASS on Friday, May 17th at 10:00 AM. All community members and aging professionals are invited to attend. Learn about their area plan that includes MASS, share your ideas, and voice your opinion. IT COUNTS!
As always, funding issues continue to haunt us. State and federal funding is behind, local dollars are stretched thin, and the need for services keeps growing. One day at a time has been my philosophy since I became Director, and it is amazing at how fast those days turn into years. Your support is what keeps us going, and we appreciate it so much. If you haven’t donated yet this year, we would be grateful if you would consider us.
Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Father’s Day, & Happy 4th of July!
Have a GREAT summer everyone!! Rayanne
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"
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!!
MASS would like to thank Bob Krenz, Susan Hochstatter and Sandra Schauble for volunteering their services through the AARP Tax Assistance Program. They devoted 9 weeks of their time to come to MASS three times/week to prepare tax returns for our senior/disabled clients. Also thank you to John Huff who coordinates the tax sites and volunteers. Lastly, a big thank you is sent to Carol Kern, Geri Sauer and Lynn O’Sadnick for being our appointment greeters and making sure all the necessary “paperwork” was done! Thanks ladies!
AARP Tax Services Thank You
MASS Wish List - A Special Thank You!
MASS would like to thank some very special donors who granted our wish list request from last quarter. Thank you to ~ Dan & Sue Doyle, Edgar & Linda Browder, June Gascoigne, Ron & Kay Brunoehler, Ron & Angela Schmitt, Jane Faber and Anonymous. Because of the generosity of these special people, we have been able to replace the worn tires on our large van and pay for emergency repairs on two of our mini-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
Most people consider giving a financial gift or a specific item to an heir or loved one, but what about giving voice to your thoughts through written words? ‘Legacy Letters’ can do that for you. Please join us on Thursday, July 18th at 10 AM as Gena Cimaroli, Certified Elder Care Coordinator explains what a Legacy Letter is and how you can create one to pass on to your loved ones. Pre-registration is helpful. Call MASS at 815-539-7700.
Volunteer Information Card shared by Schwimmer Chevrolet Buick.
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 staff and Board of Directors of MASS would like to thank everyone who supported our Pork Chop BBQ on March 27th. We served 661 people, cooking 1200 chops, 250 lbs. of potato salad, and 8 roasters of baked beans. Our drive-up carryout line was extremely busy as 277 people went through the line. The evening ended with an awesome concert from extremely talented musicians from all over our area. Thank you 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 help in the kitchen, the Mendota Civic Center for use of the facility, and the best volunteers ever! A special thank you to Eureka Savings Bank, H.F. Gehant Banking Co., Midland States Bank, and Pioneer State Bank for donating tickets, and to WGLC Radio for giving the tickets away for us! Many thanks to everyone who donated silent auction items, we appreciate your support! Last, we thank the community for the support you give to us! We are so very lucky! We congratulate Roger & Linda Grinka for winning the 50/50 pot (and thank you for donating it back to us!), Kandi Zolper for winning the Lottery Tree raffle, and all of the winners of the silent auction items. Next year will be here before you know it ~ see you then!
MASS staff will be at Earlville Library on June 19th, from 1:30-2:30 PM, and at Wildwood Community Center on July 25th, from 9:30-10:30 AM to present an informational program for Pre-Medicare beneficiaries that may be thinking about or getting near retirement. Medicare, Supplemental Insurance, Med D prescriptions plans, and Low-Income subsidies are a few of the topics that will be discussed. This will be an informal discussion and questions are welcome. Please call the MASS office for more information.
Do you have a smart phone or other mobile devices, but you are not “smart” enough to figure them out? Then MASS can help! Anna Schwenker, Community Education Coordinator from Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging will be at MASS Thursday, July 11th at 10 AM. Her program ‘Know Your Smart Phone’ will show you how to navigate the world of technology and “out-smart” your phone. There will be time for questions so start jotting them down now. Snacks will be served.
Thank you to Donna Ganz-Bauer and Theresa
Eich for donating coffee for the Senior Center!
Older Americans Month ~ May 2019
Connect, Create, Contribute
This year’s theme encourages older adults & their communities to: *Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation; *Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment; *Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! MASS will be holding several events in honor OAM month.
May 16th, 9:30 AM ~ Advanced Directives
Stacy Belski, Social Worker at OSF St. Paul Medical Center will present a program on Advanced Directives – a written statement about how an individual wants medical decisions made when they are not able to make them.
May 17th, 12:30 PM ~ ‘Feed Your Brain,
Eating for Cognitive Health’
Susan Glassman from the U of I Extension office will join us to provide some helpful hints on what foods to choose to promote a healthy brain and how best to cook them. A snack will be served.
May 23rd, 1:00 PM ~ Senior Safety Seminar
‘Protect Yourself and Your Money
from the Latest Scams’
Chief Greg Kellen and a panel of senior advisors will advise us on what current scams aimed at older adults are out there, and how to protect yourself.
May 30th, 9:30 AM ~ ‘Maintaining Balance
Molly Pyszka, Registered Dietician at OSF St. Paul
Medical Center will present a program on healthy eating to maintain balance and more.