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.
Attention Lake Thunderbird/Putnam residents: Our Outreach worker will be available at the Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. to assist Medicare beneficiaries review Medicare Part D plans and help with enrollment.
Upcoming Enrollment Events for Medicare Part B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/LIS,
Medicare Savings Program &
Benefit Access (license plate sticker discount)
The PCCC will be holding enrollment events 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. Our next enrollment event will be held on Monday, October 4 following our 5:30 p.m. Medicare Part D Program.
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
ANNOUNCEMENT EFFECTIVE JULY 6, 2021:
THE PCCC IS REOPENED FOR CONGREGATE MEALS FOLLOWING CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC), ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT ON AGING (IDoA) AND WESTERN ILLINOIS AREA AGENCY ON AGING (WIAAA) GUIDELINES. FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED WHILE IN THE BUILDING. PARTICIPANTS OR CAREGIVERS MUST CALL AHEAD IN ORDER TO ATTEND. TAKE HOME MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT FEEL SAFE EATING IN A CONGREGATE SETTING. WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING LOCAL COVID-19 STATISTICS FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND PARTICIPANTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THIS TIME AS WE DO OUR BEST TO SAFELY RETURN TO NORMAL OPERATIONS.
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.
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.
Outreach Library Visits
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.
Hennepin Library- Thursday, September 16, 2021
Granville Library- Thursday, November 4, 2021
Hennepin Library- Thursday, November 18, 2021
McNabb Library- Monday, November 22, 2021
EVERY YEAR, MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SHOULD REVIEW AVAILABLE PLANS TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT PLAN THAT FITS THEIR NEEDS AND THAT THEY ARE NOT OVERPAYING.
Contact the PCCC to set up an appointment with a certified SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor. Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Limited evening appointments are available by request.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS OCTOBER 15-DECEMBER 7.