However, our success in that regard now has us outgrowing and juggling the free spaces available, including the Richmond and Huntington Libraries, the Richmond Town Center Community Room, and our schools. We are grateful to these generous hosts and will work with them for as much space and time as they can give us, alongside their other needs. But in 2017, it’s clear we need to step up to the cost of renting spaces for our growing list of seniors and programs.
We also need to cover the costs of communicating the availability of programs and activities. While a powerful tool is word of mouth, we have found that printed materials and notices, and advertising and editorial work with our local newspapers have opened the door to our activities for many more seniors. We’re also finding that email newsletters and an improved web site would be effective and welcoming and give our seniors meaningful reasons to get engaged on the internet.
In addition, some of our activities require a fee for professional instructors and lecturers. We hope to offer activity grants that cover these costs for those who find this a financial burden.
To cover all these costs, our 2017 operating budget is $27,000. We are busy applying for grants and other sources of funds, but it’s essential for us to raise money from the community as well.
Please donate what you can to the CSC. We’re grateful for any amount you send us. You can make a personal tax-deductible contribution or one in honor of a family member, friend or special neighbor.