Yelm Mayor Ron Harding
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Yelm Mayor Ron harding asks for community support for the Yelm Adult Community Center:
“In a community as generous as ours, the needs are ongoing for those who can benefit from the assistance of others.
I try to help whenever I can. It’s important to send, whenever possible, the message of the many ways in which residents can contribute to a brighter community through charity….
The Yelm senior citizen center, or Yelm Adult Community Center, is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization that provides a community for seniors to come together. This organization houses opportunities for services and activities that reflect their experiences, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their health and dignity, support their independence, and encourage involvement in, with and for our community.
Programs at the center include; preparing daily meals at little or no cost, and providing group activities such as games, watching movies or going on outings with a group and so much more.
Over the past couple of years the center has experienced several changes and with those changes has come an equal number of challenges. The previous center was located downtown next to True Value Hardware.
The building’s upkeep was becoming unmanageable, and as a result the seniors were prompted to consider taking the center down a new avenue. With the help of a community block grant and the sale of the old building, the new center was built across Yelm Creek on 103rd Ave. Though the structural improvements are completed, there is a substantial amount of work to be done and support to be given in order to supply our seniors with a comfortable environment in which they can personalize their community.
This center is a renewed environment for the patrons to interact in; however, the new location has also brought some added expenses and reduced revenues.
Most of the money the senior citizens center operates on is donated, and to offer advanced programs and security, the center could certainly use our help.
The easiest way for you to help our Senior Citizen Center is to donate money.
Even just a small donation from each of us could go a long way in supporting the center and making the lives of our seniors just a little bit easier. If you are unable to make a monetary donation, they could also use your help with the promotion or assisting with some of their many programs. If you would like to help please call the center at 360-458-7733, ” quoting the Mayor’s monthly column in the May 25 edition of the Nisqually Valley News (Subscriber access only).