Women's Business Council "flappers" at Juice the Joint fundraiser

Women’s Business Council “flappers” at Juice the Joint fundraiser

September Sponsor of the Month

Family Service is very pleased to honor the Women’s Business Council for  their  incredible support this spring and summer as we worked together on three fundraisers to support the missions of both our organizations.

First, we collected lots of smiles as we delivered beautiful handmade Gerber Daisy arrangements that friends and loved ones had purchased for them in honor of May Day.  Next we manned the gates at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ event at the end of June and collected donations from people attending the event.  Many thanks to all of you who gave generously!  Finally, we hosted Juice the Joint–a Roaring 20’s themed casino night activity at Jupiter’s in July.  It was so fun to see all the costumes!  The fundraising committee did an amazing job–the food, the decorations, the casino games, the music, the prizes and silent auction baskets were simply outstanding!!  We also celebrated 50 years of Meals on Wheels and 30 Years of Women’s Business Council.

The proceeds from all three events were shared evenly between the two organizations. At the August Women’s Business Council luncheon, Terry Goode, Development Director, was pleased to accept a donation of $4,100 on behalf of Family Service.  She sums up her experience, “These were some of the most dedicated and hardworking women I have ever had the privilege to serve with in my twelve years at Family Service! And they’re so much fun too!”  Thank you ladies–you are beautiful!

 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.

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.

Next meeting is Oct. 21, 2015 at 9:00 am. (Note: There is no September meeting)

Guest speaker:  Kathleen Holden, Director, and her colleague Jeff Woods, University of Illinois

Presentation about the WHO Age Friendly designation in Portland, OR and a discussion of the C-U Age Friendly Initiative.  Please forward your questions, ideas or concerns about the C-U Age Friendly Initiative in advance to Kathleen Holden at kholden@illinois.edu so she can address them in her presentation.

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!