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March for Meals 2014
On March 1st, for the 12th consecutive year, the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) has rolled out it’s March for Meals campaign. The goal is to raise awareness about the need for Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors across the country and to help raise funds to help the meal provider programs that are integral to meeting these needs. Meals on Wheels recipients not only get a nutritious meal, but they also receive daily person to person contact to make sure they are safe and for many this service allows them to stay at home instead of living in a nursing facility.  Many of our area home delivered meal providers are participating in March for Meals by spreading the word about the need for the program in their area and engaging in such activities as “Champions Week” where local government, business, religious, and social leaders are recruited to serve home delivered meals so they can see firsthand how important this program is. Without successful fundraising campaigns many of our meal providers would be unable to continue this service, leaving many seniors little choice but to leave their homes.
How can you help? Any of our area Meals on Wheels providers will gladly accept any donation you are willing to give. You can also volunteer to deliver meals to seniors, or even to work in the kitchen to prepare the food for the meals. Remember, any money or time you can give can help a senior age well their way in their home! To find your local Meals on Wheels provider you can contact Chris Sutton at 618-222-2561 and
This month we are highlighting our Information and Assistance Program.
This is a service for consumers that:
  • provides individuals with current information on opportunities and services available to individuals within their communities
  • assesses problems and capacities of the individuals
  • link individuals to opportunities and services available to them
  • establish adequate follow-up procedures based on consumer's needs
This service may be initiated by the consumer, caregiver or a service provider.  In addition we assist consumers and their caregiver in filing for benefits that their are eligible for, which eliminates the need for visits to other organizations to file for benefits.
If you would like to help us provide home and community based services, click on the donate now button.
Collinsville Faith in Action (CFIA) offers to the community three programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Collinsville, Caseyville, Maryville and State Park.  Volunteer Caregivers (344-8080) provides transportation, respite care, shopping, companionship, and more to those who are registered for our services. The Elder Connection (799-9085) provides social events on the weekends – trips to local restaurants, parties, and outings to area attractions. Answers on Aging (344-7788) is a link to senior information and assistance and help with prescription paperwork.  All services are offered without charge.  CFIA is just one phone call away.   Give us a call today.  You’ll be glad you did!

Join the members of the Advocacy Committee and help represent the interests of older persons to local level and executive branch officials, public and private agencies and organizations as well as monitor, evaluate, and where appropriate, comment on all policies, programs, hearings, levies, and community actions which affect older persons. 
Email to receive regular meeting notices. 
Fraud in the news:
Answers On Aging
Answers On Aging
March 19, 8:30am-12:00pm- Spring Fling Health Fair- Sponsored by the Older Adults Health Council at Senior Services Plus, Alton, IL .  For more information call 618-465-3298

March 21, 1:00-3:00pm- Conversations on Aging, Glen Carbon Community Center/Senior Center, 157 N. Main St., Glen Carbon, Illinois

March 27, 10:30-11:30am, Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing, Clinton County Senior Services, 620 Eighth Street, Carlyle, IL

March 27, 1:20-2:30pm, Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing, Jarvis Township Senior Citizens Center, 410 Wickliffe Street, Troy, Illinois

April 2, Godfrey United Methodist Church Health Fair

April 5,  9:30-2:30- Surviving Caregiving- A MAP THROUGH THE MAZE.  At St. John Church- Faith Hall, Collinsville, IL

April 9, 12:00pm-1:00pm- Snacks and Facts,at  Fairview Heights Public Library.  "How can and Aging and Disability Resource Center Help Me?"

April 16, AmeriCorps Volunteer Fair, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois

April 24, Troy United Methodist Church Health Fair

May 3- Senior Independence Day- various communities throughout the area.

May 8, 9:00am-1:00pm- Senior Jubilee- at Turner Hall, Columbia, Illinois

May 22, 8:00am-12:00pm- Healthy Living Expo- at Southwestern Illinois College Gymnasium, Belleville, IL .  For more information call 800-326-3221 or visit
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