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For information about services available to older adults, contact Kellie Anderson, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 2102 Windsor Place, C, 217-359-6500.

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CRIS Healthy Aging in Urbana is providing tax-filing services for seniors over 60 in Champaign County. They are IRS/VITA certified to file basic tax returns without self-employment. To schedule an intake appointment, call 217-355-1543.

On May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will hold a Rules of the Road class for those 55-and-over at the new Stevick Center Location. Seating will be limited to 10 with a reservation — no walk-ins. As of Thursday, there were only three spots remaining. Masks and social distancing required. Call RSVP at 217-359-6500 for location details and to sign-up.

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM

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

For reservations, call 800-543-1770. Reservations for Monday need to be made by noon Friday.

NOTE: There is no change to home deliveries, but at congregate sites, you can get a carryout meal.

Monday: Pork chop in gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, whole grain wheat bread, whole grain fruit bar.

Tuesday: Stuffed chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, spinach, whole grain wheat bread, pears.

Wednesday: Ham and beans, pickled beets, cornbread, peaches.

Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, sweet cinnamon carrots, Italian green beans, whole grain wheat bread, pineapple slices.

Friday: Focaccia chicken, twice baked potato casserole, corn, Texas toast, fresh fruit.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are 55 and older and want to volunteer in your community, RSVP (funded by AmeriCorps Seniors and the Illinois Department on Aging) provides a unique link to local nonprofits needing your help. We offer support, benefits and a safe connection to our partner sites. Please contact Vicky Welser at site.rsvp@gmail.com or 217-359-6500 for information.

CURRENT NEEDS

Champaign Public Library: Seeking drivers with a valid license for local home book deliveries between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. This important service provides library materials to homebound patrons. Background check and interview with library staff required.

Project READ: Seeking tutors to help adults improve their skills in basic reading, basic math or English as a second language. Now hosting trainings and tutoring sessions via Zoom and in person. During normal times, tutors and learners meet regularly at the Champaign Public Library, The Urbana Free Library, Wesley Food Pantry, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana, Rantoul Public Library, and many other public places. Learners are older teens and adults age 17 to 80-plus who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Introduction to Tutoring sessions in May: 10 to 11 a.m. May 6 or 6 to 7 p.m. Mary 12 via Zoom, and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 21 in Robeson Room C at the Champaign Public Library. Learn more at signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49a5a728a6ff2-tutor1.

Food for Seniors: Join this vibrant group of volunteers from 6:45 to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month. Must be able to stand and lift up to 20 pounds. Help fellow seniors struggling with food scarcity.

Champaign County Forest Preserve District: Love the outdoors? Take a hike and do good Be a Trail Steward! Or if you love working with plants, the district can fill your “need to garden.” Be a Garden Steward. RSVP can tell you more.

Urbana Park District: The district is in need of parking-lot Bingo helpers and translators of Spanish, French or Chinese. Sound like fun? Call RSVP for more info.

Friendly Callers: Volunteer from home. Get matched with other seniors who may be lonely or isolated and just chat on the phone a couple of times a week. If you are outgoing and enjoy talking with others, call Vicky at RSVP to become a Friendly Caller.

Senior Transportation: Licensed drivers needed for trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor appointments, etc. Everyone wears a mask, which is provided if necessary. Volunteers are also reimbursed for mileage. Please call Terry at Family Service at 217-352-0099 for information.

Other volunteer opportunities are available. Email site.rsvp@gmail.com.

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