Quote of the Month
* Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength. — Betty Friedan
What’s going on this month:
- Trip: Mohegan Sun Casino, Friday, July 1st
- Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 5, 9:30am
- AARP Smart Driver Course: Thursday & Friday, July 7th and 8th
- Theme Lunch: “A Day at the Beach”, Tuesday, July 12, 10:30am
- New Member Orientation: Wednesday, July 13, 10:30am
- Trip: Tomasello Winery & Resorts Casino, Friday, July 15th
- Travel Club: Cruise Meeting, Wednesday, July 20, 11am
- Bucks County EMT Student Visit: BP Checks, Tuesday & Wednesday, July 26 & 27, 9:30am-11:30am
- Trip: “Rock, Roll & Soul”, Thursday, July 28th
- For all regular activities, check out our Activities section!
2015/2016 Capital Improvement Campaign
So much is happening at the BWSAC. In 2015 we were able to raise the needed funds to upgrade and improve all 5 restrooms. In order to keep the momentum, our next “BIG” change will be in our front lobby area. We have reached our fundraising goal and are now able to begin the process. We are excited to get a fresh look which will allow us to utilize the space more efficiently while still maintaining the necessary function. If all goes well, the lobby will be complete by year end.
MORE BIG NEWS
Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center Awarded Grant to Improve Facility and Programs
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has chosen Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center as one of its grant recipients for the 2015-2016 fiscal year for a Senior Community Center grant. This grant for $49,925 will be used by Ben Wilson to modernize its facilities, improve technology, and expand programming for its senior members.
Ben Wilson is the largest senior community center in Bucks County, serving approximately 1,000 members, and more than 1,500 different visitors each year. The senior center has run out of space for new programs, and the Department of Aging grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, will enable the center to better utilize its space, expand programs by 40%, create an internet café for the senior community, and update its facilities.
“We’re very excited to have received this grant,” said Karen Forster, Center Director. “We have had demand for some new activities, but no place to put them. Now, with this grant, we’ll be able to make some changes to our space to help us greatly enhance our building and expand our programs.”
Grant monies will be used to build a retractable dividing wall for the center’s largest space, update floors and lighting; and build an internet café in the center’s lobby. The remodeled main hall will enable the center to have two large activities running simultaneously. This use of space will also enable the senior center to offer evening programs, twice a week, as well as Saturday hours. “With our main hall being used by other community organizations on week nights, we could not have offered evening programs without this grant,” said Ms. Forster.
Ben Wilson will begin working with community partners to create new programs that can best use the redeveloped space, then begin construction on the new space early 2017. Expanded programs and hours will be available to members and the community-at-large beginning Spring 2017.
For more information, contact Karen Forster at 215.672.8380.
We hope we can count on every single member to be part of these wonderful changes by donating to the efforts. PLEASE participate in our fundraisers, donate on the web site, keep up with your membership payment, or mail a check to the Center or stop by the Center to make your donation. Every dollar counts! No amount is too small or to big!!! Make checks payable to Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center (marked CIC). Much thanks and appreciation for your support.