Senior Center gets matching fund challenge

Published 2:00 pm Saturday, January 12, 2013

When Senior Center Executive Director Darlene Adams was contacted by a foundation regarding the possibility of receiving matching funds up to $12,000 she was overjoyed.

“Understanding the financial woes of the Senior Center of South Pearl River County, a donor in the community challenged the Center in a fundraising effort to support the needs of the Center. The donor would pay up to $12,000 in matched dollars for ‘new money donations’ coming into the Center between December 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.  

“This means money could not come in for a rental or a follow-up from a previous fundraiser. It would be designated for this match only. So far, we have only raised $2,200 and we have another $500 ‘promised,’” said Adams.

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What would funds be used for?

“We do good things at the Center, caring for the needs of our seniors. Copy supplies, programs and activity equipment, a projection screen for our projector and operational costs are just a few of the constant needs that we could address with these funds,” said Adams. “There are a lot of activities and programs going on throughout our beautiful building. We also collaborate with many nonprofit organizations through the use of our building for the betterment of the community. However, this building is very costly to run and takes the bulk of our budget costs.”

Adams continued, “We realize the timing of this and with the holidays behind us, time is running out for us. We would like to get the word out to the community to help us out with this. A potential donor may drop off his or her donation to the Center during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. All donations are accepted; every little bit helps and is deeply appreciated.”