For more information on services available to seniors, contact Kellie Anderson, Director of the Retirees and Seniors 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 the Champaign County Family Service.
NEED YOUR TAXES MADE?
Salt & Light in Urbana provides tax filing services until April 15 for people over the age of 60 in Champaign County. Hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. They are IRS / VITA certified to file basic income tax returns without self-employment. For more information, call 217-355-5654.
CRIS Healthy Aging in Urbana provides income tax reporting services to people over the age of 60 in Champaign County. They are IRS / VITA certified to file basic income tax returns without self-employment. To make an admission appointment, dial 217-355-1543.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
The Peace Meal nutrition program offers hot breakfasts every day at 11:30 a.m. for a small donation and a one-day advance reservation at the sites of Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, Sidney (home delivery only), Mahomet ( home delivery only) and Homer.
To reserve, call 800-543-1770. Reservations for Monday must be made by noon on Friday.
NOTE: There is no change for door-to-door deliveries, but at collection sites you can get a take-out meal.
Monday: barbecue pork sandwich, mini potato bakers, mixed vegetables, bread, juice.
Tuesday: Cook the broccoli rice with chicken, corn, whole wheat bread, hot fruit combo.
Wednesday: Regional favorites chosen by the chef.
Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with sauce, Midori vegetables, whole wheat bread, sun salad.
Friday: closed for the holidays of Good Friday.
If you are 55 and over and would like to volunteer in your community, RSVP (funded by AmeriCorps Seniors and the Illinois Department on Aging) provides a one-stop link to local nonprofits in need. for your help. We offer support, benefits and a secure connection to our partner sites. Please contact Vicky Welser at [email protected] or 217-359-6500 for information on volunteers.
OSF health care. Volunteers with some clerical skills are needed for general clerical, data entry, reception, bereavement and information desk duties; others are needed for gift shop staff; sewing blankets, stuffed animals, clothes for premature babies, etc. from home; and even serve communion to patients. Contact RSVP for more information.
Food for Seniors: Join this dynamic group of volunteers from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Must be able to stand and lift up to 20 pounds. Help your senior colleagues grapple with the food shortage.
Champaign County Forest Preserve District: Love the outdoors? Take a hike and do good Be a steward of the trail! Or if you enjoy working with plants, the neighborhood can fill your “need to garden”. Be a garden keeper. RSVP can tell you more.
Urbana Park District: The district needs raised fruit and vegetable gardeners; bingo aids in parking lots; and translators from Spanish, French or Chinese. Does this sound like fun? Call RSVP for more information.
Friendly callers: Volunteer from the house. Connect with other seniors who may be alone or isolated and just chat on the phone a few times a week. If you are outgoing and enjoy talking with others, call Vicky at RSVP to become a friendly caller.
Transportation of seniors: Authorized drivers required for trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s appointments, etc. Everyone wears a mask, which is provided if necessary. Volunteers are also reimbursed for mileage. Please call Terry at Family Services at 217-352-0099 for more information.
UI Adult Learning Lab. Interested in participating in research studies? Contact the U of I Adult Learning Lab to learn more about three or four week studies. Must have a home computer and wifi access. Gift cards are given to participants. E-mail [email protected] or leave a message at 217-244-7336.
Other volunteer opportunities are available. E-mail [email protected].