Sponsor of the Month

Family Service is very pleased to acknowledge the Victor A. Hoersch Elderly Services Trust, administered by a committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, as our June Sponsor of the Month for their continued and generous support to our senior programs.  The fund was established in 1984 “to provide for the needy elderly of our society such advocacy, ombudsman and personal services as it deems appropriate” in Champaign County.

We are very grateful to have received a total of $6,200 contributed to five of our programs: Senior Counseling & Advocacy, HomeCare, Meals on Wheels, Senior Transportation, and our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.  These donations help us provide an array of services that assists hundreds of local seniors to volunteer for our community and/or to remain safely in their own homes.   Many thanks also to the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church whose time, talents, and resources make this support possible.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It is estimated that about 100,000 seniors in Illinois are elder abuse victims.

To increase awareness of this growing problem, we offer information prepared by Sheryl Bautch, our Executive Director, and shared previously on WCIA-TV.

Click below to learn about the problem, who is affected, the local resources of assistance including our services, and how you can help someone you suspect is being abused.


 

Janiece McIntyre and Lovia Henderson at RSVP Open House

RSVP hosts Open House in their new location at the News-Gazette Building

Our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) moved down the street in April from the former News-Gazette building to their current location at 15 Main St., Champaign.  Our offices are just down the stairs from the lobby, and there is an elevator available too.

We hosted an Open House and potluck celebration on June 7th and 80 people attended the festivities!  Many thanks to the News-Gazette for their continued hospitality.

All the usual RSVP services and Stevick Senior Center activities continue at our new home with free parking available, so call 217-359-6500 for more info to get involved.


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.


  Senior 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 June 21st at 9:09 am at the Champaign Public Library.

Presentation: The Adult Learning Lab

Mary Terese Campbell, Lab Manager, TALL, Beckman Institute

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!