The Putnam County Community Center is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a variety of services to the aging & disabled. Located off of Route 71 in Standard, the PCCC has been serving residents of Putnam and surrounding counties since 1975. The PCCC is partially funded by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.
The Putnam County Community Center is state, federal and locally funded by business and civic organizations, township and county governments and individuals in our community. We must raise $38,442 this fiscal year in order to meet our obligations for matching federal funds. PCCC is a not-for-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible so please request a receipt if you would like to have one for your records. Online donations can be made below through the "Donate" button or you can help PCCC when you shop online with Amazon Smile or Goodsearch. Click on the Goodsearch or Amazon links below to start shopping!
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As a certified SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) site, the PCCC has counselors ready to answer your questions and assist with enrollment in Medicare and money-saving programs related to Medicare. Medicare help is by appointment only. Please call (815) 339-2711 or (800) 757-4579 to speak with a Medicare counselor.
Don't miss our upcoming program "Medicare Part D: What You Need to Know" Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Every year, Medicare beneficiaries should review available plans to ensure they have the best plan that fits their needs and that they are not overpaying. PCCC's Medicare counselors will be presenting the basics of Medicare Part D and touch on available money savings programs. There will be time to ask questions following the program. Please call by September 30th if you would like to attend the program.
Upcoming Enrollment Events for Medicare Part B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/LIS,
Medicare Savings Program &
Benefit Access (license plate sticker discount)
The PCCC holds enrollment events each month to discuss available benefits and money-saving programs for those 60+ and provide enrollment assistance with Medicare D, Medicare Part B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs and Benefit Access. No appointment necessary. The next enrollment event will be Friday September 2, 2022 from 9-10 a.m.
Are you a caregiver of a family member? Whether you take care of a parent or older family member or are a grandparent taking care of grandchildren, the PCCC can provide information, assistance and referrals.
In 2020, the University of Illinois Extension offered a free webinar series "Discover Caregiving" which focuses on different topics related to care giving. View the complete webinar series HERE.
Attention those 65 and older and people with disabilities:
Benefit Access (formerly Circuit Breaker) income limits
have increased. You may now qualify for a discount
on your license plate sticker!
Income limits for:
One person in household- $33,562
Two people in household- $44, 533
Please call for more information and assistance with your application.
(by phone or webinar)
REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER (LINKED ABOVE)OR BY CALLING 800.272.3900
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom and online driver refresher course designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This program aims to help community members retain their driving competency. Participants learn driving strategies, the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having an accident, updated driving laws and knowing when it is time to limit or retire from driving. At completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate to present to their auto insurance company that may entitle them to a premium discount. There is a $20.00 course fee for members and $25.00 course fee for non-members. The online course can be accessed HERE.
The PCCC is hoping to have an in-person AARP Driver Safety Program soon.
If you are interested in enrolling,
please call the PCCC.
VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ISOLATED INDIVIDUALS
If you have any questions about these links or programs, please call the PCCC. As a provider of the EngAGED Program, we connect isolated older adults to opportunities that help them remain connected to others outside of the home. If you or someone you know may be interested, please call the PCCC for more information.
2022 Community Outreach Dates
Our Outreach worker visits public locations in Putnam County each month to answer questions about available benefits and services for adults 60+, screen for program eligibility and provide application/enrollment assistance. All dates are scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. No appointment necessary. Upcoming dates:
Thurs, Sept 15- Hennepin Library
Medicare Open Enrollment Events -
Mon, Oct 24 - Granville Library
Thurs, Lake Thunderbird (9 am- 2 pm)
Thurs, Hennepin Library
Mon, McNabb Library
Starting April 7, 2022, the Social Security Administration will add more in-person appointments and offer in-person service for people without an appointment. As they prepare to help more people in person at local Social Security offices throughout the country, visit the Social Security Administration's website for more guidance on how to get help from Social Security.