Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Volunteer Projects, Intergenerational
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Millersburg Area Senior Center
109 Edward Drive, Millersburg, Pa. 17061
Make A Difference
In 2005 our Center joined "Warm up America" and "Linus", both national
organizations, to create a program where volunteers make blankets for
distribution to victims of natural disasters, nursing homes, battered women
shelters, the homeless, and others less fortunate than ourselves. We have since
expanded the project to include items such as hats for preemies and cancer
victims, toys, and many other items as needs become known. Volunteers meet at
the center Monday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. to knit, crochet, quilt, and
socialize. Many also work on these projects at home. To date, over 3,000 items
have been made and distributed basically within a 50 mile radius. Yarn and
fabric donations are accepted and for the most part they have supplied our
needs. Ideas to start this program have been shared with various other senior
centers in Dauphin County. This wonderful program allows us the opportunity to
recycle donations of fabric, yarn and craft items into happiness and comfort for
those who receive them and to pass along a heritage by teaching these useful
skills to younger generations. The center and many volunteers continue to work
together through this program to Make a Difference in the lives of many.
Time and Manpower
2912 hours yearly by 27 persons
Local newspapers and from participants and recipients
County Commissioners/United Way/ Bethesda Mission/ Shalom House/ Pinnachle
Hospital/Danville Red Cross/etc.
office supplies & shipping / $200.00 annually
Impact On Center
Weekly attendance has grown with this additional program and has provided an
opportunity for participants to feel needed and a sense that they are "making a
difference". It has also provided an opportunity for younger generations to be
involved so they will continuing to utilize centers in the future and encourage
parents and grandparents to join now.
Exciting Intergenerational program! Millersburg Area Senior Center. All ages
* ---You want to learn how to knit?
* ---You know how to knit but have run out of projects?
* ---You no longer knit but have yarn and needles to donate?
A YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE AND THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!
The Center is starting a wonderful community service project in
which YOU can make a difference. “Warm Up America!” is a nationwide program that
uses 7”X 9” knitted or crocheted squares, sections are joined by individuals or
groups in a community and donated locally or sent to the Foundations
headquarters for joining and distribution. These afghans are than donated to
victims of natural disasters, nursing homes, battered women shelters, the
homeless, and others less fortunate than ourselves. ”Warm up America”! has been
“wrapping people in warm blankets since 1992.” The success of this worthwhile
program depends on your involvement. Let’s make our community proud and join in
this worthwhile contribution!
* Beginners will learn to knit 8 different stitches over several
weeks. An Instructor, written how to directions, along with volunteers to help
you will make this a fun learning experience. Only cost will be the donation of
one square for each learned pattern to be used in making our first afghan. Yarn
will be provided and needles will be available. Bring size 8 needles if you have
* If you know how to knit and have run out of projects, come
learn more about this exciting project, help our new students, or use this
opportunity as a refresher course.
* We will need lots of needles and yarn so if you have been
wondering where to find a good home for your supplies because you no longer
knit, just drop them off at the Center or call and we will make arrangements to
pick them up.
This is an opportunity to work together, make our community
proud, and contribute to a worthwhile project.
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