About Outreach

Outreach is here to enrich the lives
of all age groups through Support,
Socialization Opportunities, Education, Services and Resources in Farmer City and the
Surrounding Area.

Our Mission & Vision

HURTING YESTERDAY
HOPEFUL TODAY
HELPING TOMORROW

Outreach enriches the lives
of all ages through Support,
Socialization Opportunities, Education
and Services in Farmer City and the
Surrounding Area.

Calendar

Monday bingo at 2 pm
Senior Day Trips once a month March thru November
1st and 3rd Wednesday of month, Kim Castillo of CCSI 9 – 11
1st and 3rd Thursday Movie in the afternoon 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Outreach Ministries enriches the lives of Seniors and Youth through Support, Socialization Opportunities, Education and Services in Farmer City and the Surrounding Area.

Important Items

All the great services offered at the Sunshine Center

I thought I would take this opportunity to clear up some confusion about Outreach, Resource Center and Sunshine Center.
First; the Sunshine Center is the building that houses the Food pantry, Clothes Closet, and Outreach.
Second; the Resource Center is made up of the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. They have a board of directors that meet regularly to decide hours of operation, rules to follow, who is eligible to receive help, etc.. The food pantry is open the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 to noon to hand out food. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas the food pantry is open the week prior to the holiday. The food pantry also has food available in emergency situations and can be obtained by calling 928-9400.
Third; the Clothes Closet is open each Saturday from 9:00 to noon. Exceptions apply to holidays and will be posted on the door. They accept donations of clothes on Saturdays or by appointment. If you are unable to drop off your donation on Saturday you may call Diana Homann at (309)830-2267 to make an appointment that will better fit your schedule. NOTE: Please do not drop off clothes at the door and leave them. So many times we find clothes left outside in inclement weather and they have to be thrown away because they have been ruined by the weather.
Fourth; Outreach is housed in the east end of the building (by the Motel) and we offer social and educational activities for all ages. We have the following regularly scheduled activities, 2 pm Monday is Bingo, Thursday 1:30 pm movie afternoon and once a month Senior Day trip (March thru November).  Of course, none of this is possible without money so we have fundraisers throughout the year. Many of you have probably helped by supporting one or more of those events. You may have attended Quarter Auction, bought fruit, or just donated in response to a plea request. In the summer, we have had Reading Buddies which is a program where kids who are struggling with reading meet with a volunteer to work on reading skills. This was a six-week program and we have had very good feedback from the teachers about its success. 
If you would like more information on any of upcoming events or would like to sign up to volunteer just stop by and speak with me or call (309) 928-9400.

Remembering someone in a special way

Are you looking for a meaningfaul way to recognize someone special? If you know they have a heart for helping those in need, helping kids, or helping those who are lonely, maybe they enjoy our socialization activities. You can give a gift to Outreach in their name to support all these and many more programs we offer.
Please send your check along with the name of the person/persons you would like to recognize.  Outreach P.O. Box 101 Farmer City, IL 61842

Drivers needed

I am in need of drivers to take people to the doctor, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc. We have many seniors in our community that no longer drive or don’t drive out of town and are in need of transportation. If you could offer transportation for some of these folks, please let me know. It won’t be every day, just once in a while. This is a great opportunity to meet new people or even renew old friendships by helping someone get to where they need to go. If interested give me a call 309-928-9400 or stop in we do have some incnives to offer.

Searching for volunteers

Are you retired? Are you bored? Do you have a few hours a week to help others?
Outreach has many opportunities available for you to reach out and help someone in the community.
We have need of drivers to take seniors to doctor appointments, physical therapy appointments, and/or grocery shopping. Maybe you would just like to visit with someone to ease their loneliness. Play cards with someone.
Do you enjoy being around the younger crowd? I am talking teenagers and pre-teens. We need someone to plan and chaperone youth nights once a month for high school and junior high kids. We have a wide variety of things at Outreach to do. We have two Wii systems with several games to play, a pool table, foosball, board games, and card games. We offer refreshments and lots of good times.
You do not have to be a senior to do this just enjoy being around kids and socializing with them.
Another volunteer opportunity, you can help with events, planning, gather data, making calls, share your talents to help your community. Maybe you like to bake cookies or brownies. One final opportunity is someone to clean the activity room. Run the sweeper, dust, mop floors, and take out trash. This takes about 1 hour to hour and a half and can be done once a week. Again if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please give me a call at 309-928-9400.

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