Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Lehigh County Senior Center
1633 Elm Street Allentown, PA 18102
Open Door policy
Our Center has activities almost every night and every weekend. Most nights
of the week our building is open until 10:00 p.m. or later. This is all
accomplished by volunteers. There are also up to 15 community groups that meet
at our Center. One member of each community group or Center volunteer assumes
responsibility for the facility when they are here and the last person out is
responsible for securing the facility.
Time and Manpower
An hour to orient a person who is provided a key to the facility. No
additional paid staff necessary.
Members and community groups that serve senior citizens.
With community groups.
None. Community groups are charged a nominal fee to use the Center.
Impact On Center
Greatly expands hours of operation and promotes goodwill among community
groups who then can advocate on behalf of the Center.
Make sure a staff member is accessible at all times via cell phone and is
able to respond should problems arise. In the 15 years we have operated like
this there has never been a serious issue or problem.
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