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 $30,687 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.
"Medicare 101: What You Need to Know"
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m.
Are you almost 65 or have questions about Medicare? Medicare can be overwhelming, let us help! PCCC's certified SHIP counselors will be presenting the basics of Medicare and answering questions following the program.
To attend, please call the PCCC by May 10.
Upcoming Enrollment Events for Medicare D, Medicare Part A & B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/LIS, Medicare Savings Program &
Benefit Access (license plate sticker discount)
The PCCC will be holding enrollment events via telephone to discuss available benefits and programs for those 60+ and provide enrollment assistance with Medicare D, Medicare Part A & B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs and Benefit Access. No appointment necessary. Call 1-815-339-2711 or 1-800-757-4579 during the following times if you have questions or would like enrollment assistance.
Monday, January 25 from 9-10 a.m.
Monday, February 22 from 9-10 a.m.
Monday, March 15 from 9-10 a.m.
Monday, April 19 from 9-10 a.m.
Monday, May 17 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.
REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER (LINKED ABOVE)OR BY CALLING 800.272.3900
DUE TO COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND GUIDANCE FROM THE IL DEPARTMENT ON AGING, THE PUTNAM COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OUR CONGREGATE MEAL SITE ALONG WITH ACTIVITIES & IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING. EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2021, IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS WILL RESUME. STAFF WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE BY TELEPHONE & E-MAIL. PLEASE CALL 1 (815) 339-2711 OR 1 (800) 757-4579 OR E-MAIL STAFF@PCASERVICES.ORG. PLEASE NOTE: OLDER ADULTS DO NOT NEED TO MEET THE USUAL CRITERIA FOR HOME DELIVERED MEALS (ISOLATED, FRAIL, HOME BOUND, ETC.) ANYONE 60+ IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HDM DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW COULD BENEFIT FROM HOME DELIVERED MEALS AT THIS TIME, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE.
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is uncertainty about when in- person courses will resume. The online course can be accessed HERE.
MORE VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ISOLATED INDIVIDUALS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
If you have any questions about these links or programs, please call the PCCC. More virtual opportunities are available for those who are isolated during this time, call the PCCC for more information.
ARE YOU 60+ AND NEED TRANSPORTATION TO RECEIVE
A COVID-19 VACCINE?
AS A PARTNER OF BUREAU PUTNAM AREA RURAL TRANSIT (BPART), THE PUTNAM COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER IS ABLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AT NO COST FOR OLDER ADULTS 60+ TO COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES THROUGH TITLE III FUNDS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN USING BPART FOR YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT OR NEED ASSISTANCE SCHEDULING YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL THE PCCC.
RESERVATIONS SHOULD BE MADE AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. THE PUTNAM COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER IS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THE
WESTERN ILLINOIS AREA AGENCY ON AGING.
The University of Illinois Extension will be presenting a Nutrition & Wellness program at the end of April.
"Eggs: From Farm to Fork!"
Friday, April 30 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Purchasing eggs is not so easy anymore; it takes some skill to figure out which eggs to buy! Eggs can be purchased from your local grocer, farmer's markets, roadside stands and farm delivered. There are also many choices such as organic, free range, pasteurized and low cholesterol. Join U of I Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman, from the Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen via Zoom & learn about eggs & how to make the best choice for your health. Watch a live cooking demonstration and receive recipes following the class.
PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE BY APRIL 23, 2021 AT
Outreach Library Visits
Outreach services in the home are not permitted to resume at this time. However, our Outreach worker will be available at Putnam County Library branches in the coming months to answer questions about available benefits and services for adults 60+, screen for program eligibility and provide application assistance. All library visits are scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. No appointment necessary.
Granville Library-Thursday, May 20, 2021
Hennepin Library- Thursday, June 17, 2021
McNabb Library- Monday, July 12, 2021
Granville Library- Thursday, August 19, 2021
Hennepin Library- Thursday, September 16, 2021