Sponsor of the Month

Family Service is very pleased to acknowledge Carle as our Sponsor of the Month for their continued and generous support of our Self-Help Center and Senior Transportation programs.

Carle donated $2,500 in April to the Self-Help Center which provides assistance to 200+ support groups in our area.  Additionally, the center sponsored a biannual Self-Help Conference in April, Meaningful Communication for Meaningful Connection.  

Carle also contributed $2,500 to our Senior Transportation program which provides about 600+ rides a month to adults age 60 and older to medical appointments, grocery shop, pharmacy, bank, hairdresser or to volunteer.

Many thanks to Carle for providing people with the assistance and access they need to have healthier and happier lives!

 Tom Austin earns Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Austin began driving for Family Service four years ago after his health had forced him to retire.  He wanted to help out, and honestly, to get out of his own house and make a difference.  Tom told us, “I can do a ride or two every week.”

Soon that became a ride or two every day, and we were getting requests from seniors to send Tom to pick them up.  He’s become more than a driver to them because of his “extra-mile”, caring attitude.  Tom is someone they trust and care about in return.  “He’s more like a friend.”  Tom replies that driving is saving his life.  He’s not retiring from this position; Tom says he’ll drive until someone needs to drive him.

On May 8th, Tom was presented a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at our Board of Directors meeting for volunteering 5,000+ hours in the last four years.  That’s more than 20 hours a week every week of the year!  Thank you Tom for making such a difference to hundreds of local older adults.

Tom invites you to become a Senior Transportation driver too…

If you have a couple of spare hours a week, we could really use your help!

Family Service needs 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.

Call Terry Goode at 217-352-0099. 

Have more money than time?  Your tax-deductible donation to Family Service Senior Transportation will also get older adults where they need to go.

  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 from 9:09-10:09 am at the Champaign Public Library on Green St.  This collaborative group is sponsored by Family Service and Health Alliance and provides timely topics, informed presenters, and networking opportunities each  meeting.

The next meeting will be May 17th at 9:09 am at the Champaign Public Library.  Please note the new location and start time in 2017.

disABILITY Resource Expo and Website Resources

Barb Bressner, Consultant, Champaign County Mental Health Board & Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board, and Co-Coordinator, disABILITY Resource Expo

Champaign Park District: What It Has to Offer Seniors & Their Families

Darius White, Senior Program Coordinator, Champaign Park District

Call Rosanna McLain, Senior Resource Center Director, at 217-352-5100 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!