Support Our Work to Enhance Our Seniors’ Well-Being
Benefitting a Growing Number of Seniors in All Three Towns
Last year our volunteers worked hard to add new, diverse activities and services and grow the number of seniors actively benefitting from them in Bolton, Huntington and Richmond. The result: significant increases in both programs and participants.
This year, we’ll focus on enriching the lives of even more seniors, and on offering as many activities as possible at little or no cost.
Keeping Pace Means Renting Space in 2018
Our mission’s success now has us 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 2018, it’s clear we need to step up to the cost of renting spaces to continue to serve our growing list of seniors and programs.
Engaging More Seniors Takes a Lot More Communication
Essential to our success is simply getting the word out to seniors about events and activities, and especially schedules and changes. Our weekly email newsletter is highly effective in that effort, and we continue to invest in building the list of recipients.
We’re also spreading the word about special events more effectively - and to a wider audience - with printed notices, and advertising and editorial work with area newspapers.
Another effective communications tool is our user-friendly web site. It’s updated weekly with our activities calendar, special events news and photos of our participants in action. It also covers all our full programs, lists useful elder resources, and helps get seniors engaged on the internet.
Goal: High Quality Programs and Speakers at Low or No Cost to Seniors
To ensure useful and interesting programs and well-qualified instruction when needed, some of our activities require a fee for professional lecturers and instructors. Since it is our aim to offer most if not all of our programs at no cost to the participants, we need your help.
Our Budget, Our Grant Work and the Need for Community Support
To cover all these costs, our 2018 operating budget is $52,000. In 2017, we received grants for our new web site and to develop a brand-new Arts Program! We are again 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. Help Ensure We Continue Our Work.
Please donate what you can to the Community Senior Center. We and our growing number of senior residents thank you 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.