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Elderly Care/Support

Older adults are the fastest growing population in the US! Older adults love to meet new people and sit and chat. By visiting with older residents, you can really learn a lot! Go meet an older adult, and make a difference-for both of you!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

Brookstone Estates

Brookstone is an independent living community for senior citizens. Brookstone provides a lively environment for seniors while still allowing the freedom of independent living! Brookstone has many activities for their residents ranging from bingo/game nights to arts and crafts. Interested in becoming part of the excitement? Give them a call! 300 Lincoln Highway Road, Charleston, IL 62440

Volunteers are needed to assist with bingo, game activities, arts and crafts, and other ongoing activities. NOTE: There is a background check required. Please print out this application and return to Brookstone.

Contact Person: Sierra Wickman
Telephone: (217) 348-6500

Charleston Rehabilitation Center

Charleston Rehab is an assisted living community located in Charleston. Charleston Rehab is committed to giving the best care for people who have worked and lived a long life. In this setting, residents can take advantage of a full range of services and amenities that will make life easy going and carefree. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 716 18th St., Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed to visit and do a variety of different fun activities with the residents.

Contact Person: Rhonda Linder
Telephone: 217-345-7054

Rehab Care Palm Terrace

Palm Terrace is an assisted living community located in Mattoon. Palm Terrace provides the highest quality of healthcare and compassion to their residents. Palm Terrace has three main populations that they work with: elderly, mental illness, and dementia. This is a great place to go and meet some amazing people. Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 1000 Palm Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed to visit and do a variety of different fun activities with the residents. Background check is required.

Contact Person: Elizabeth Wilhelm
Telephone: 217-234-7403

Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home

Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home is a skilled nursing facility that specializes in short-term rehabilitative stays, long-term permanent stays, and a secure memory care unit (Harmony Center). Connect and visit with the residents in a variety of ways. 201 Lafayette Ave. East, Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed to assist with weekend bingo activities.

Contact Person: Penny Shinholster (Main) or Shawna Worthey (Harmony Center)
Telephone: 217-235-5449 (Penny ext. 3055 or Shawna ext. 3057)

Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation

Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is one of the region’s premier skilled-nursing facilities. Hilltop is committed to meeting the needs of our residents, families, and community. Our services include rehabilitation and long-term care.It is our community of compassion and attention to individual needs that we believe set our nursing home apart as a model of quality care.
Hilltop is always in need of volunteers; service projects are always welcome. Contact the facility to see how you can help ssist with daily activities such as: crafts, exercises, movies, visits, decorate bulletin boards, or call Bingo and provide Bingo prizes. Weekend volunteers are required to submit a Background Check.
Contact Person: Sean Swaney, Activity Director.
Telephone: 217-345-7066
Email: Sean Swaney

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program’s mission is to provide quality meals for healthier lives. We help seniors improve their nutrition, sustain their independence and enhance the quality of their life by providing meals, fellowship and connections to other needed services. Almost every phase of the program can use volunteers, and the program’s success depends largely on the support of participants and others in the community.

Volunteers are a vital part of all aspects of the program from setting tables, to serving food, doing dishes and delivering meals.

Contact Person: Barbara Brown
Telephone: 217-345-1800

Heritage Woods

Heritage Woods is an independent living community for active, retired seniors in the Charleston area. The center provides a wonderful option for older adults to maintain their independence. Heritage Woods, located on Polk Avenue, recently opened their doors in November 2011. Their beautiful facility currently houses 75 residents. Heritage Woods provides a fun and engaging atmosphere appropriate for the older adult. 480 West Polk Ave, Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to help run activities including bingo, exercises, movie nights, art classes, etc. Volunteers are also needed for general office support tasks (answering phones, making copies, etc). Heritage Woods is looking for volunteers who are interested in event planning, leadership opportunities, and marketing interests.

Contact Person: Joyce Baker
Telephone: 217-345-4900

Villas of Holly Brook

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Telephone: 855-20-VILLA

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