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Senior Center Best Practices
Money Making Ideas and Volunteer Projects
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Connellsville Senior Center
100 East Fayette Connellsville, PA 15425
Patricia L. Pritts
This project welcomes household items donated by participants to sell to
raise money for the center.
Time and Manpower
A volunteer opens the flea market every morning. She collects items and
marks prices and keeps track of the money raised. We have an open public bingo
Tuesdays and Thursdays so she will stay until after 1pm when the bingo starts.
She also stays when the silver sneakers people have their class. She puts in
about 25 hours a week.
So far it has just been word of mouth
Anyone who comes into the senior center.
The seniors who have donated items feel a connection with this project .
They are helping by providing a means to increase and add to inventory.
There is no cost involved.
Impact On Center
The impact has been significant both on the center and the volunteer in
charge. "Ike" (Inez) lived in California, PA until about two years ago. Before
she was married she taught 1st and 3rd grade. She lost her husband in 1988 and
then helped take care of an ailing brother for about 15 years until he passed
away. While Ike was preparing to sell her house she suffered a heart attack. Her
family was concerned about her living alone so she came to live with her sister
in the Connellsville area. The transition was a difficult one. With some health
problems she fell into a depression. After adjusting her medications and feeling
stronger she asked her sister if there were any senior citizen centers around.
We are happy to report that Ike's participation here at the center has provided
her a reason to get up in the morning. She is very happy and gives much credit
for her reason to live are the people she has met at the center. She plays
shuffleboard, dartball, cards and a game called rimmikub. Ike has been
instrumental in starting and implementing the flea market. While she was caring
for her brother, they both were involved in doing a flea market / yard sale from
his home in Meyersdale as well as from her own home in California, PA. So Ike is
well versed in the operation. She has dedicated her time and talent to this
activity. So far in only about 6 weeks Ike has raised almost $500! It gives her
something to do and allows the seniors to clean out cupboards and closets. A
win/win situation for us all.
The only requirement for this project was to dedicate a corner of the center
with 2 or 3 tables for the items. There is no cost or overhead.
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