Community support helps to keep the cost of meals at the Tri-County Community Senior Center, 800 W. Union, under $4, according to Jeannie Guffey, senior center administrator.
As she accepted a check for $1,000 from the city of Pacific recycling program from Tim Baker, senior center president, Guffey said every source of community supports helps to keep the center open and meals affordable.
The recycling funds are distributed to the senior center through Pauline Masson, who the mayor credits with lobbying for city support of the senior center.
“It was Pauline’s message that convinced us to act,” said Adams, as he asked Alderman Steve Myers to present Masson with the check at the July 2 board meeting. The check was passed on to Baker.
Guffey said the recycling funds are important to the center and are part of a larger program of community support.
In addition to proceeds of the recycling program with IESE, the city’s waste hauler, the city also passes to the center funds generated by the annual bulky trash pickup. And the center receives approximately $250 a month from Pacific residents who add $1 to their city water-sewer bill.
“The community garden also gives us vegetables all summer that go into the meals program,” Guffey noted.
“Local families also rent our building a couple of times a month for wedding receptions and other parties that adds to our funds,” she said. “And the Eagles give us generous donations.”
The United Way is another source of the senior center programmed revenue. The center currently receives no federal or state funds.
“But we are always talking with officials about that,” Guffey said. “We’re not giving up.”
Thanks to community support and fund-raisers hosted by the center, Tri-County does not have to borrow funds, she said.
“If we had one wish, we’d like to see more senior citizens participate in the meal program,” Guffey said.