SENIOR CENTER BOX LUNCH PROGRAM A SUCCESS
The Bond County Senior Center Box Lunch Program had a very successful year in 2006. Lunches were delivered to area businesses every Wednesday from February through May and resumed again in October. Coordinator of the Box Lunch Program, Pat Bond, commented on a new expansion to the program.
Originally it was designed to be available to businesses as many can not get out of the office over lunch hour. Now the Senior Center will be opening up the Box Lunch Program to individuals not involved with a business. People may place their orders on each Tuesday by noon by calling the Senior Center, and then can pick up their lunches between 11am and noon on Wednesday. Bond said that over 50 volunteers are involved in the program, from going to food shows, preparing the lunches and delivering the meals.
Bond County Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich commented on the $7,000 raised from box lunches last year and said that the program has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Senior Center. She said there was no way they thought they could make up the $60,000 accumulative reduction for services to seniors in Bond County last year. But all proceeds from this program have gone to the Senior Center and therefore, services have not had to be reduced.
For a menu of each week's box lunch meal, call the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON HABITAT HOUSE IN NEXT FEW WEEKS
On Saturday January 6th the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held a ground blessing ceremony at 405 N 4th Street in Greenville for their next Habitat Home. The Bond County chapter has partnered with Greenville College, the Greenville Free Methodist Church, the St. Paul's Free Methodist Church and the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church to build this home. GC President Jim Mannoia says construction should begin in the next few weeks with the hope of the house being complete by the end of Spring. He commented on how this project is great as it keeps all the funds, effort and energy invested in the community and benefits everyone in very direct and tangible ways.
The new Habitat for Humanity homeowner will be providing 400 Sweat Equity Hours that can include preparing food for the work crew, cleaning up at the end of the workday, or doing fundraising. The new owner will also be responsible for re-paying the cost of the house at a no-interest basis for a number of years. The Free Methodist Partnership is welcoming the public to volunteer time or contributions. For more information on how you can help, please call 664-7007 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.