Community Services

102 South Seventh Street
PO Box 464
Petersburg, Illinois  62675 
1st Floor, Menard County Courthouse

Phone: (217) 632-4412
Fax: (888) 287-7651

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Director: Dara Worthington dworthington@co.menard.il.us
Administrative Assistant: Jill Lounsberry jlounsberry@co.menard.il.us


Community Services

The office has a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor who is available by appointment to assist you with your Medicare D, BEAM (State of Illinois license discount application), Low Income Subsidy application, Medicare Savings Plan application and various other issues you be experiencing with your health system.

Menard County Community Service delivers food pantry referrals to all county food pantries.

The Community Services office also houses the Illinois workNet Center for Menard County.  There is a Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance Career Planner available on Fridays, to assist Menard County residents with resume development, interview preparation, and their on-line job search, including, access to computers, a copier and a fax machine.  Training funds through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act are also available for eligible residents wanting to obtain marketable skills relevant to local job growth.  Please contact their Springfield office at (217)558-4268 to schedule an appointment.

Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance


General Assistance

General Assistance is a county issued welfare that is provided to eligible Menard County residents. In order to qualify, individuals must be single or married with no children, and meet income and asset eligibility guidelines. Individuals apply by completing an application and providing substantiating documentation. Upon receipt of a completed application, a Notice of Decision is mailed to the applicant within 30 days. Once eligibility is established and necessary paperwork is completed, basic needs are provided for through a voucher system. Basic needs consists of food, shelter, gas, electric, LP, water, clothing, cleaning and personal care items. Benefits may include pre-approved medical care or emergency care that is reimbursed at the Illinois Department of Public Aid rates.

Each work capable individual is given an assignment which consists of a monthly mandatory work search where a job search must be documented. Individuals are exempted from this only if they have submitted an application to the Social Security Administration for the purpose of disability determination.

The maximum monthly benefit for a General Assistance recipient has been set at $200.00. Eligibility must be re-established monthly in the form of a regular appointment wherein regular disbursement vouchers may be given out.


Senior Transportation

Transportation was established in 1978 and is for residents of the county who are 60 years of age and older. Funding is received through the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, Inc., Menard County United Fund and rider donations.

Currently, transportation is available on a regular schedule five days per week and by special appointment on weekends as drivers are available.

Our Medical Transport schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - The Medical Van is available for Springfield appointments by 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday - The Medical Van is available for Petersburg or Springfield appointments at 9:00 a.m.

Appointments may be made by calling our offices at 632-4412 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesdays have been designated as the "Shopping Day." Reservations for pick-up may be made by also calling the office at 632-4412. Our driver will provide transportation for your grocery shopping, banking, hair appointments, post office visits, etc.

Greenview and Tallula have dispatchers who are available to assist you with scheduling your transportation. Additionally, Tallula has designated days each month whereby special trips are planned. Please contact our dispatchers in the necessary location:

  • Greenview - Sharon Davis - 968-5323
  • Petersburg - Transportation Office - 632-4412
  • Menard County Housing Authority - Laura Bounds - 632-7723

Each trip will have a suggested donation. Please feel free to ask our driver for this amount. Our drivers are First Aid and CPR trained. We currently have an inventory of three vans of which two are capable of transporting one and two wheelchair passengers, respectively.