DON’T MISS NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S BINGO
Not Your Grandma’s Bingo will be back Saturday, August 17 at Whidbey Island Fairgrounds & Events Center (formerly Island County Fairgrounds). These events sell out quickly. Purchase tickets now.
You don’t want to miss this boisterous “fun-draising” event hosted by celebrity drag-queens Sylvia O’Stayformore and Bobbie Jo Blessings. It’s BINGO like you’ve never seen it before.
Come join us! You help our community when you help support Island Senior Resources. Doors open at 5:00. Great food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event starts at 6 p.m. Games, prizes and more!
Age 21+ only.
AUGUST 1 – THE DAY WHEN YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Island Senior Resources is having our second annual one-day online fundraiser, TOGETHER WE CARE, on Thursday, August 1, to raise $15,000 to support the rising need for essential resources for seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them. Last year our generous community helped us exceed our goal, and we need your help to do it again.
This is your chance to act to protect and sustain vital resources in our community.
We encourage everyone to use this one-day event to show that we, as a community, believe in taking care of each other.
As our population ages, community needs are increasing rapidly, yet government funding sources are diminishing, or are threatened. Island Senior Resources now serves one in every eight persons throughout Island County, soon to be one in seven. Just as an example, Meals on Wheels is now serving 36% more clients across Island County than it did in 2018! More and more people come through our doors every day looking for information and needing support for themselves or a loved one.
Island Senior Resources provides services to all of Whidbey Island and Camano. We provide Meals on Wheels, seven community meal sites, transportation to medical appointments, Time Together Adult Day Services in Freeland and Oak Harbor, Aging & Disability Resources in Bayview, Oak Harbor, and Camano, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) consultations and classes on Medicare, Family Caregiver Support, Tailored Supports for Older Adults, Lunch & Learns in Bayview and Coupeville, a variety of educational classes throughout the county, and social gatherings that help to prevent isolation. We cannot do this without you. Please support TOGETHER WE CARE on August 1.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
We now have two Facebook pages to help keep you informed about all that is happening at Island Senior Resources and at Senior Thrift. Check out both pages and follow us!
- Facebook.com/islandseniors (for all the happenings at Island Senior Resources)
- Facebook.com/seniorthrift (for all the sales news and events at Senior Thrift)
We are also on Instagram: @islandseniors. Check it out!
LEARN THE BASICS OF SOCIAL SECURITY
- How and when to apply for benefits
- Types of benefits you may qualify for
- Your Social Security rights
- Benefits based on earnings, spousal earnings (current and former)
- Survivor benefits for widow(er)s
This Island Senior Resources workshop will be presented by Annette Barca who has been conducting pre-retirement seminars for 15 years. Free. No pre-registration required. For more information call 360-321-1600 ext 0 or click here.
DON’T MISS IT! NEW WHIDBEY ISLAND GUIDE/MAP TO THRIFT STORES
A map and guide to Whidbey Island Thrift Stores will be available July 1 on the Clinton/Mukilteo and Coupeville/Port Townsend ferries as well as at Whidbey Island Chambers of Commerce, at NAS Whidbey, at most thrift stores on Whidbey Island, and at some restaurants.
Spend a day treasure hunting and visit all the stores! Each store supports a non-profit on Whidbey, so every dollar you spend helps our community.
o Drive seniors on short essential errands to the grocery, pharmacy, or post office
Must be 25 years old or older, able to carry groceries, and manage stairs.
Mileage is reimbursed. Island-wide volunteers needed.
o Medical Transportation Drivers needed
Specific interest in drivers able to drive off-island.
Priority ferry boarding. Mileage reimbursed.
Must be 25 years old or older.
Call Pat Weekley 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373 or 360-914-3212
Time Together Scholarship Program
Donations made to the Time Together Scholarship Program provides access to the program for isolated seniors who would otherwise not be able to attend the program for financial reasons. If you would like to help give the gift of socialization to those who are most isolated in our community, please send a donation of any amount to Island Senior Resources, Time Together Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 939, Freeland, WA 98249. You can also donate online; make sure to make a note that the donation is for the Time Together Scholarship Fund. Thank you!
TIME TOGETHER – NEW DAY ADDED!
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
St Augustine’s in-the-Woods.
5217 Honeymoon Bay Rd in Freeland
This new day is a special short program designed for Adults with Developmental Disabilities who are not sensitive to sound. For anyone who needs a quiet space, stay tuned for an afternoon “quiet” program in the future. Contact Time Together Director, Mel Watson 360. 321.1623 for more information.
Sometimes small amounts of giving make the biggest change in someone’s life. Help provide a meal to a local senior for only $8 a month. You can make a difference for your community. Say Yes! I want to help! Go to: www.meal-a-month.org to sign up to donate one, two, three meals a month, or more! Or call us at 360-321-1600 / 360-678-3373 to arrange your monthly donation.