Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions to be held in Park Ridge, Des Plaines, and Skokie


Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions to be held in Park Ridge Des Plaines, and Skokie

Adults 55 and older residing in suburban Cook County can improve the lives of isolated seniors in their nearby communities and earn an income stipend. Senior Companion volunteers provide support and companionship to senior clients that may require additional assistance to continue living independently in their own homes. Senior Companion volunteers are matched with clients within their own communities who offer their assistance, companionship, and friendship.

If you are 55 years of age or older, enjoy working with seniors, and can commit to serving at least 15 hours per week in your community, please join us in learning more about this opportunity. Income-eligible volunteers receive an hourly, non-taxed stipend. All Senior Companion volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, pre-service and ongoing training sessions, and other benefits as funding allow.

The Center of Concern is hosting three informational sessions:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Park Ridge Library

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Des Plaines Public library

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Skokie Public Library

To RSVP or learn more about the Center of Concern Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions please contact Mary O’Reilly at 847-242-8010 or

The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community service. The Center of Concern is a non-profit social service agency providing services and housing solutions to seniors, the disabled and others in need, enabling them to live safely and independently.

Blarney Bash to kick off St. Patrick’s Celebrations- March 11

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On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Center of Concern will host the annual Blarney Bash to kick off St. Patrick’s week festivities. The annual Bash will be held from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m., at Fountain Blue at 2300 Mannheim Road in Des Plaines. A light heart lives longest (so the Irish say), and so we’re having a party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support the Center of Concern Concern.

This year’s event features the finest in Irish traditional music from America’s heartland – Chicago Reel and the famous Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. Traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, Dublin Freshly whipped Potatoes,  Dingle Green Garden Salad, Cork Assorted Rolls, and delicious Cheesecake will be served, as well as a cash bar featuring some great Irish Beers, wine, and cocktails (soda and water are free).  The popular “Shamrocks and Clovers” game, Pot O’ Gold – Split the Pot, Green Raffle, Live Painting, Live and Silent Auctions that include some great vacation destinations and more…..

If you “Table Up” you can “Ride in Style”.  With a table purchase, your name will be automatically entered into the Blarney Bash “Ride in Style” pick up and drop off drawing.  A limousine will drive you and your guests to and from your residence in Blarney Bash style.   All table purchase names (everyone in your party) will be added into the Blarney Bash “Ride in Style” draw and one name will be drawn on March 1st and you will be contacted so you can plan to attend Blarney Bash in style.

“We are looking forward to wearing our green on March 11th to celebrate the luck of the Irish – Center of Concern style”, said John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern.

For more information, purchase tickets click here.