Public Service Announcements

Social Distancing


Free COVID-19 testing will be done Saturday and Sunday at Hippocrates Medical Clinic 606 East Court Street. Hours are Saturday 9 to noon and Sunday 9am to 5pm. No appointment is necessary.

 

The Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a concert in Manteno at Legacy Park on Sunday at 2pm. You can get passes to attend at KVSO dot org.


Flu Shots by appointment are being offered by the Ford County Health Department. To schedule your visit call 217-379-9281.


 

St. Paul Lutheran Church Altar Guild is holding its semi-annual rummage sale on Thursday September 17, and Friday September 18 from 8am to 4pm both days. The sale is at the church at 348 E. Merchant in downtown Kankakee. Face masks are required.


 

Mattea’s Joy is hosting a golf outing on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at the Kankakee Country Club in Kankakee. Cost is $200 per golfer, or $775 per foursome. Sponsorships are also available. Sign up online at www.matteasjoy.org.
Proceeds from the event benefit Mattea’s Joy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to comfort families with sick children.


 

The Aroma Park American Legion is hosting the “Day for Jay” fundraiser on September 26 from 2 to 6pm. Jason Gibson has been fighting stage 4 cancer and needs help with medical bills and other expenses. There will be split the pot, gift basket raffles and food available for a $10 donation. The legion is located at 739 South Sandbar Road in Kankakee.


 

The Knights of Columbus in Watseka are presenting a drive thru Fish Fry at St. Edmunds Catholic Church on Saturday September 26 for a free will donation.


 

The Iroquois County Historical Society is hosting a fish fry on October 2 from 4 to 7pm at the Red Barn on the old courthouse museum grounds in Watseka. It will be drive through only service. More information at 815-432-2215.


 

If you served in Vietnam, but were turned down by the Veterans Administration for disability compensation, call the Kankakee County Veterans Assistance Commission at 815-937-8489 to find out about Blue Water Navy Veterans benefits. Again, call for an appointment if you want to find out more at 815-937-8489.


 

The Limestone Township Public Library is inviting you to get a library card during National Library Card Sign Up Month. With a library card, you have access to free reading material, including books, magazines and other periodicals and free use of computers with internet access. For more information call 815-939-1696.


 

 

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Kankakee County is your on stop shop for veterans needs. If we can’t fulfill your need, we know who to refer you to or will help you find out who. We have two Federally accredited veteran service officers to help you file your benefits for disability compensation, pension including aid and attendance, VA healthcare, or burial needs. Call our office at 815-93 7-8489 to set up your appointment.


 

Attention all Navy Vietnam Veterans. If you served during Vietnam, but have been turned down by the VA before for disability compensation or have never applied, please feel free to call our office to see if we can help you out. Blue Water Navy Veterans are now entitled to a presumption of service connection for illnesses related to Agent Orange/herbicide exposure. This is a result of Public Law 116-23, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
The law was signed on June 25, 2019, and took effect on January 1, 2020. This also applies to surviving spouses of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. Call the Veterans Assistance Commission at 815-93 7-8489 for an appointment or stop by to ask questions at 189 E Court St 4th floor, Kankakee.


 

You can buy your own brick for the Women’s Club of Kankakee Governor’s wall project at the Kankakee County Courthouse. The wall is dedicated to the three Illinois Governors from Kankakee: Len Small, Sam Shapiro and George Ryan. Personalized bricks are $200 each and may be purchased by calling Dondi 815-715-8405.


 

Harbor House will help you learn the signs of domestic violence with free presentations, including Domestic Violence Overview, Teen Dating Violence, and Elder Abuse. Contact Ann at House to request a presentation, which includes insights about the dynamics of domestic violence, financial abuse, intimidation, verbal abuse, stalking, cyberstalking and more. Call: 815-932-5814, to learn more about domestic violence and its signs.


 

Victims of domestic violence frequently believe they are trapped in abusive situations. Harbor House officials want you to know that Spanish translation services are available 24 hours a day for victims of domestic violence. It’s a free and confidential service right along with the shelter, counseling, client advocacy, legal advocacy and more. Victims don’t have to suffer because they don’t speak English. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 815-932-5800.


 

If you are in need of food or other items call the Watseka Food Pantry at 1-815-432-0122 between 9 and 11 a.m. the day you want to pick up the items. If you would like to help by donating, please call for a list of desired items. 815-432-0122 between 9 & 11 a.m.


 

Senior and Adult Guardian Advocates in Kentland is a non-profit organization that provides guardianship services to disadvantaged adults and elderly residents of Benton, Jasper, and Newton Counties. If you would like more information on SAGA, or would like to volunteer, visit saga-indiana.org.


 

Bourbonnais residents can dispose of their unused prescription drugs at a drop box that in the lobby of the Bourbonnais Police Station at 700 Main Street Northwest. Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


 

Catholic Charities’ Senior Companion Program is looking for people 55 years and older who are interested in visiting with and aiding other seniors in Kankakee County. This is strictly a friendly visit, no homecare duties are involved. Volunteers who meet the income guidelines will receive a tax-free hourly stipend and a mileage reimbursement for time spent with clients.In Kankakee County, call Jen at 815-933-7791, extension 9922. For more information about Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.


 

Times are tough. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you or someone you know are struggling to provide food for your family, please call St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone at 708 258-6917.


 

The Kankakee Public Library, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County have purchased a joint subscription to the ReferenceUSA database, a powerful research tool for business owners, job-seekers, and students. To access the database, visit the Kankakee Public Library’s website at www.lions-online.org and create your own ReferenceUSA profile today. For more information, call the Kankakee Public Library at 815-939-4564.


 

According to the Veterans Administration, an average of 20 Veterans commit suicide everyday in the United States. At 1Pet1Vet, their mission is to bring this number down using the proven positive effects of emotional support and service dogs. Find out more online at 1Pet1Vet.com.

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