By RuAnne Walworth
Williamston Post staff writer
Add zest to your life and pass the joy on to others. This is a saying heavily practiced by volunteers and staff members at the Williamston Area Senior Center.
Members of the Williamston Area Senior Center enjoy food and fellowship during lunch.
The senior center, established on Oct. 20, 1992, has provided a place of fellowship, friendship and fun for 21 years. From Bingo, card games, coffee socials, lunch and trips to places such as Frankenmuth, the center stays active with its senior community.
Virginia Taschner, Williamston resident of 61 years and treasurer on its Board of Directors, has been a volunteer at the center since 1992.
“We started serving meals in February of 1993,” Taschner said. “We get our meals from the Tri-County Office on Aging, part of the meals on wheels program. They cook the meals and we serve it here, very nutritious.”
Meals include a Swiss steak in mushroom sauce, a chicken pasta salad or vegetable lasagna.
The senior center’s funding originally came from a grant from the Tri-County Office on Aging, which paid for the center to operate with staff and the supplies for their food and activities, according to Taschner. Since 2008 however, the center has to finance everything. They have fundraisers to raise money and have generous donations from people in the community and even from members of the senior center who have passed on.
According to Taschner, the senior center’s budget runs about $25,000 a year in order to fund their food, activities and paid staff. Continue reading