laughing senior coupleSponsor of the Month

Our Sponsors of the Month for April are making life better for older adults in Champaign County.

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana donated $400 to our Meals on Wheels program.   They are serving up nutritious meals and safety checks for older adults and others who cannot cook for themselves.  Contributions like yours and the generosity of our wonderful volunteers allowed us to deliver 22,000 meals last year!

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 17 donated $500 to our Senior Counseling & Advocacy program.  We use these funds to provide medical equipment or medication for lower income seniors.  One woman was so thrilled with getting a bath chair; it allowed her to have her first bath in two years!  Another woman was overjoyed with a tool that allowed her to dress herself–buttons, zippers, hooks and all.  Thank you for all the hope, joy, and peace your gift will bring.

2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners

2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners

Senior Resource Center hosts

Volunteer Appreciation Tea

Meals on Wheels, Senior Transportation, and Family Service office volunteers were invited to an afternoon tea in their honor on April 11, 2014.  The white damask tablecloth, sterling silver tea set, donated Blossom Basket floral arrangment, and crystal platters sent the message, “we want you to feel honored”.  Volunteers enjoyed sampling the tea sandwiches, strawberries, lemon bars, brownies, and donated Fannie May meltaways and then several returned for second helpings.  There were many teas to choose from as well as coffe choices and lemonade.   The day was perfect–sunny and 60′s; and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church offered a convenient location and ample space.

We awarded 28 volunteers with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards–4 silver (250+ hours) and 24 (100+) bronze winners.  Tom Austin won the Jane Green & Dickens Award for Exceptional Volunteerism for donating more than 360 hours driving seniors to appointments.  He is always willing to help out when Yvonne calls with another request.  Dot Hunt and Jane Green were presented with bouquets for their faithful service in coordinating rides and Meals on Wheels.  Five volunteers won free Triple T car washes (donated) and another won the Blossom Basket bouquet.  A grand time was had by all!

 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 at the Champaign Public Library.  The library opens at 9 am and the meeting starts promptly at 9:09.  This collaborative group is sponsored by Family Service and Health Alliance and provides timely topics, informed presenters, and networking opportunities each  meeting.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be April 16, at 9:09 at the Champaign Public Library.

Nursing Home Immersion Project

Sheila Gruel, Cumberland & Associates and Eastern Illinois University

A Matter of Balance

Jae Joseph & Amanda Timm, East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

Call Rosanna McLain, Senior Resource Center Director, at 217-352-5100 or check out 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’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!

Plant Your Garden and Grow Cash for the Senior Resource Center

Buy your garden seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds and 25% of the order value will be donated to the Senior Resource Center.

Here’s how it works:

1.  Go to  Choose from their wide selection of seeds for gourmet vegetables, cottage garden flowers, and culinary herbs.

2.  Enter the code FR722B in the coupon code box on the check out page.

This is a year-round, ongoing fundraiser, so order regularly for spring, fall, and holiday gifts.  Renee’s Garden will send a year-end check to Senior Resource Center at Family Service for 25% of all orders using this code.  Thank you and enjoy gardening!