I do not have to tell you thousands have died during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nor do I have to tell you normal life has been severely disrupted. However, I do have to tell you that seniors, who want to be active and socialize, are not able to do so because of the temporary closure of the Mason County Senior Activities Center in Shelton, WA. We would love to be open for our members, but we must follow state guidelines instituted by our governor and our health department.
The MCSAC is a privately funded non-profit organization. During the past nine months we have lost money because of the temporary closure. We still have bills to pay, a mortgage to pay off, and repairs that need attention. We can, with luck, last about a year. But we need to take action now if we are to be able to continue beyond that.
How long will the pandemic last? Nobody knows. We can’t sit back and hope it will go away. We need to ensure our Senior Center will still be operational when the pandemic ends.
Why is the Senior Center important to our community? We provide exercise classes to our seniors like line dancing, gentle tai chi and yoga, Zumba, and hula hooping; and have an active walking group. We offer painting and other art classes, and crafts, sewing, quilting, beading and woodcarving. We have at least 3 day trips a month, and our members enjoy exclusive viewings of first run movies at Shelton Cinemas.
Our inexpensive, nutritional lunches, served Monday through Friday, are cooked in our commercial kitchen by Senior Services for South Sound and are open to the Community. They also provide the Meals on Wheels program.
We offer nutritional programs, wellness programs, informational programs, and speakers from the community. But we are also involved with our community. We sponsor a winter and spring bazaar for the public, AARP tax services, Bingo Karaoke, Friday Fun Night, Sunday Bingo and Spaghetti, and provide the facilities for Weight Watchers. We are also the place where people come for foot care and diabetic shoes. Our medical lending library sees a lot of traffic.
We offer our facility for weddings, proms, memorial services, and as an entertainment venue.
We have had pop-up blood donor clinics with Bloodworks NW and sponsor annual flu clinics with the Medicine Shoppe.
We are a vital part of Shelton and Mason County. Help us to survive the pandemic and open our doors when this is all over. Our seniors need you and thank you.