Support Our Work to Enhance Our Seniors’ Well-Being
MORE ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPANTS, AND A NEW LONG-TERM PLAN.
How can we best serve our communities in years to come? What’s our ultimate vision? What must we do to achieve it? How do we sustain what we do to benefit seniors long-term?
In early 2018, CSC board members worked through a two-day planning process with an outside facilitator to answer these questions and set the vision and mission of the organization.
Vision, mission focus on activities and enrichment.
Our vision: “Boundless opportunities for all seniors to live life to the fullest.”
Our revised Mission Statement sums up how we will achieve that:
“The Community Senior Center provides opportunities for seniors to connect with others, learn new things, pursue creative interests, be healthy and contribute to their community.”
As we’ve grown in activities and participants, it’s become clearer how to best serve our three communities. Today, our focus is on expanding our activities and programs to serve more seniors, unlimited by a fixed space or our imagination.
Our “space” is everywhere.
We work with private venues to secure recreational opportunities at reduced rates, such as bowling at Spare Time in Colchester, skiing at Bolton Valley, and golf lessons at West Bolton Golf Club.
Our communities also generously afford spaces for our diverse programs, either free or for an affordable fee. In Huntington, these include the Town Hall, Public Library, outdoor basketball court and Community Church Annex. You’ll also find our seniors in activities at Bolton’s Smilie School, and Richmond’s Browns Court fields, Volunteers’ Green, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Congregational Church, Radiate Art Space, and The Free Library and Town Center.
The area’s waterways and hiking and biking trails also provide great venues for many outdoor activities.
20 different activities weekly with over 400 participants.
On average, we coordinate 20 different activities weekly. They vary seasonally from a list of nearly 40 activities for over 400 seniors, and it’s growing with new requests.
We also offer “Enrichment” programs, from speakers on local history and wildlife to entertainment events and area business tours. A major event was the “Hidden Gems” benefit auction of former resident H.V. Walsh’s artworks. In 2018, approximately 1,000 attendees took advantage of 37 CSC enrichment programs open to all residents for free or a voluntary donation.
New activities for diverse interests.
Activities added in 2018 include Art Exercise and a monthly travelogue with slide presentations on interesting destinations. Coffee Time provides weekly social conversation. Alpine skiing, fishing, kayaking, an opera discussion group, table games, quilting, and Feldenkrais exercise therapy round out the list. Pickleball’s popularity now has weekly games in all three towns, and Bone Builders draws 20+ participants in both Huntington and Richmond.
Communication tools reach more people.
The CSC’s new weekly email newsletter includes photos and an updated activities calendar. Our new website, developed with the support of SwifTrek owner and CSC member Cara Nelson, overviews our organization and programs. Visit www.cscvt.org to join the email newsletter and learn more about your CSC.
Extraordinary volunteer and leadership work.
Over 70 individuals volunteer to lead activities, host programs and provide professional guidance free or at significantly reduced fees. These community builders truly respect and value the opportunity to give to others.
Our board of directors also welcomed two new members –Rich Roberge and Earl Wester – who add their skills to those of the other volunteer board members.
Operating budget built on private donations of skills and dollars.
Nearly half our $62,000 operating budget comes from individuals’ donations and proceeds from events. The balance is built on the value of voluntary donations-in-kind of professional services and expertise. Spending is focused on equipment and supplies, facility rentals, and communications about activities and events. Our goal is to offer programs free or at minimal cost, so all seniors can participate.
2019 challenges: Administrative hub; transportation.
Growth in activities and participants tells us that meeting seniors’ needs in three towns from a single facility is impractical. Thus, we’ll continue to work with our communities for the diverse facilities we need. But our growth also brings the need for administrative space. We will be looking for donated or rented “office” for administration and equipment storage and perhaps as a drop-in hub and information resource from where we can continue to grow our outreach programs.
In 2019, we will also explore transportation options with our communities and public services to give more seniors access to our social and enrichment programs.
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.