For the retirees, June 18-24, 2017

For the retirees, June 18-24, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

For information about activities or services at CRIS Senior Services, Danville, call 443-2999.

Information is also available from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 800-888-4456; Senior Resource Center at Family Service, 352-5100; Senior Services of Champaign County, 328-3313; and First Call for Help, 893-1530; or call 211, a new non-emergency number that connects Champaign County callers with free information and referrals for community services.


Free activities. Stevick Senior Center, located in the lower level of The News-Gazette building, 15 E. Main St., C. Gentlemen's coffee hour, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; Crochet Club at 9 a.m. and euchre games at noon Tuesday; adult coloring, 1 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday; bingo, 1 p.m., third, fourth and fifth Thursday, bring a small prize. Call 359-6500 for more information.

Free hearing screenings. Through July 28, The Audiology Clinic at the University of Illinois, 901 S. Sixth St., C. Any person who is interested in hearing assessment, hearing protection devices, or management of hearing problems can make an appointment. No referral is needed. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 333-2230.

University of Illinois Audiology Clinic Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 901 S. Sixth St., C. Events include a presentation entitled "What Listening Device Will Work For Me?," 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., free hearing screening appointments from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., hearing device technology demos 10:45 a.m. to noon. Call for a screening appointment. To RSVP, call 333-2230.

Rules of the Road. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rantoul Recreation Building, 100 E. Flessner, 893-5702. Class to assist participants preparing to renew their driver's license. No registration or fee.

Ford-Iroquois Retired Teachers Association. 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Cissna Park Family Restaurant, 104 N. Second St., Cissna Park. Paul Stride, Illinois Retired Teachers' Association's regional representative, will be the guest speaker at the meeting. All retired teachers in the area are invited to attend. For information, contact Joyce McCullough, at 815-432-3876 or email

Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U; parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green. Weekly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Information at or call 344-1120.

Knitting Drop-in Days. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Phillips Recreation Center, James Room, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Open to all knitters who want to gather together. Free. Call the Urbana Park District at 367-1544.

50 Plus! Program. Looking for fun things to do? How about joining the Champaign Park District program. Douglass Annex and Hays Recreation Center host programs and events from card playing, trivia, bingo, potluck to low-impact cardio exercise. Call Darius at 819-3961.


Peace Meal Nutrition Program provides daily hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. for a small donation and a one-day advance reservation at various sites in Urbana, Champaign, Rantoul, Sidney, Mahomet (home delivered only) and Homer.

The program is for people age 60 or older. For reservations or more information, call 800-543-1770.

Reservations for Monday will need to be made with the site by noon Friday.

Monday: Sloppy Joe, baked corn casserole, butter beans, bun, apricots, butter or margarine (served with each meal), milk (served with each meal).

Tuesday: Ham slices, frosted sweet potatoes, peas, Texas toast, tropical fruit.

Wednesday: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, tomatoes and zucchini, dinner roll, sunshine salad.

Thursday: Taco salad with taco meat, beans, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes, sour cream and taco sauce, pears, taco chips, layered lemon dessert.

Friday: Turkey tetrazzini, California mixed vegetables, green beans, bread, fruit.


Champaign-Urbana: Rides for grocery shopping in Champaign-Urbana city limits and rides for Champaign County residents to medical appointments can be arranged by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Family Service at 352-5100.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides senior citizens with a special card for free bus transportation in Champaign-Urbana and half-price taxi service. Call MTD at 384-8188 for more information.


The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Family Service, offers retirees in Champaign, Douglas and Piatt counties the opportunity for meaningful service. For more opportunities or for information about the following opportunities, call RSVP at 359-6500.

Courage Connection: (domestic violence/homeless services). Playgroup volunteers needed for (domestic violence) from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, and (homeless services) shifts, 9 to 11 a.m. and 4:45 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Clerical/front desk/office assistant needed for two shifts, 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Domestic Violence Shelter: 40 hours training required. Thrift Store at Lincoln Square: Three hour shifts available, call for days.

Family Service of Champaign County: Senior transportation. Provide seniors with rides to appointments, grocery store, etc., using your own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement is available.

Mats Project. RSVP is partnering with American Legion Auxiliary Post 24 in an ongoing project to help homeless veterans by donating mats for them to sleep on. Recycled plastic grocery bags are collected, sorted, folded and cut into strips by RSVP volunteers and woven into sleeping mats by the American Legion Auxiliary. Bag donations can be dropped off at the Stevick Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 1 to 3 p.m. on Project Day, the third Monday of each month.

Books to Prisoners. Various schedules. Letter writers are needed to read letters from prisoners requesting certain books, answer their letters and pick up books from various locations to be delivered to the prison librarian by a driver.

Meals on Wheels. Family Service of Champaign County is in need of volunteers to deliver prepared meals to senior citizens' homes using your own vehicle. Work a minimum of one shift per month; weekly is preferred. Mileage reimbursement is available.

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