senior mother - mature daughterJune Sponsor of the Month

Family Service is pleased to recognize Carle  for their ongoing generous support.  They recently donated $2,500 to Senior Transportation to provide rides to the grocery store, bank, doctor, pharmacy, hairdresser, or for medical appointments, volunteering, or visiting a loved one in the hospital.

Demand for Senior Transportation rides quadrupled from 2009-2014, with as many as 800 requests a month.  Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our community and many live long distances from their families or their family members work during the day.  Last year, due to lower funds, we had to decrease the number of rides we provided from two a week to just one.  Still, we received as many as 600 requests a month.  Carle’s generosity during these years has allowed us to meet this incredible demand and we are very grateful.


counseling-lr-201x300Family Service has open clinical therapist position

Family Service seeks to hire a licensed clincial therapist for an immediate opening for a part-time salaried position (28 hours a week).  A master’s degree as well as a professional certification are required.

Appropriate candidate would be expected to provide direct clinical/counseling services to families, couples, individuals, and groups, as well as communicating and networking with collateral and community resources as appropriate.   For details about position and how to inquire, click here.


 Senior Transportation needs your helpSr. Trans. old

Family Service requests greater community support to be able to offer people age 60 or older one ride a week to medical appointments or to get groceries.  We need more volunteer drivers; we can reimburse your gas mileage. We order a cab when we don’t have volunteers, and pay half the cab fare (MTD pays the other half for those with a DASH pass).  These costs are becoming more than we can afford.

If you have a couple of spare hours a week, we could greatly use your help.  Call Terry Goode at 217-352-0099.  

Have more money than time?  Your tax-deductible donation to Family Service Senior Transportation will make a great difference to older adults in our community.  You can help them access everything else they need.  Thank you.


10624881_676809369074969_1534771233435475221_n[1]Blues, Brews, & BBQ Fundraiser

We’re crashing the gate at one of C-U’s hottest festivals! OK, we’re not really “crashing” the gate, we’re actually “working” the gate with the Women’s Business Council to raise money for both of our groups. Entry to the festival is free, but we will be manning a station to collect donations from visitors. Volunteers are needed for 3 ½ hour shifts beginning at 3:30 on Friday, June 26 through 12 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.  You’ll enjoy great music, free BBQ, and be supplied with water bottles, shade, bathroom breaks, and a free event T-shirt.  

We’re looking to fill 76 volunteer slots over the course of this event, so bring your friends, your family, your neighbors, or your work associates – the more the merrier! Last year 60,000 people attended this event, so this is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure for Family Service and be part of our community!

Sign up by following this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48aea62aa4fc1-blues1


Family Service tile50th Anniversary of Meals on Wheels

More than a million meals served!

Meals on Wheels began delivering hot meals 50 years ago on May 31, 1965.  In those days, Church Women United members donned dresses and heels to deliver three meals a day for $2 in wicker baskets.  Fifty years later, their members still deliver to about 30 people every weekday.  Many heartfelt thanks to the retirees,  corporate partners and board and staff members who regularly deliver up a hot nutritious lunch, optional sack supper, and a friendly check on older adults in our community.  One volunteer’s story sums it up nicely!


  laughing senior coupleSenior Task Force

Are you interested in learning about or being a local voice for senior issues?  Then join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am at Grace Church, 2004 Philo Road, Urbana, IL  61802 .  This collaborative group is sponsored by Family Service and Health Alliance and provides timely topics, informed presenters, and networking opportunities each  meeting.

Note: There will be no June meeting; the next scheduled meeting is July 15, 2015.

Call Rosanna McLain, Senior Resource Center Director, at 217-352-5100 or check out www.seniortaskforce.org for more information.


 

 escripMake a difference every time you shop at Schnuck’s

Schnuck’s will donate a percentage of what you spend each month to Family Service.  How?

1. Register your Schnuck’s card with eScrip at www.escrip.com/schnuck’s (include all 12 numbers at the bottom) and select Family Service as the recipient.  Our group # is 500044316.

2.  Make sure your card is scanned every time you check out.  This will earn you discounts on gasoline purchases too.  Your donations do not reduce your gas discounts.

3.  If you need a card or assistance with registering one, call Terry Goode, Development Director, at 352-0099. Thank you!