Op-Ed

Center keeps seniors active

Lynden Community/Senior Center was established in 1971 and had about 160 volunteers in 2015.

Purpose: Lack of adequate physical activity, good nutrition and positive social interaction are three major threats to healthy aging. The Lynden Community/Senior Center’s purpose is to provide for these needs.

We offer a place for adults of all ages to gather in a friendly atmosphere to share coffee and conversation, a good meal and participate in recreational and fitness activities from strength training, aerobics, line dancing, clogging, tai chi, quilting, choral singing, crafts, billiards, various card games, enrichment classes and presentations on subjects ranging from health and wellness, to travel, financial info, continued education, local and global history and current events.

We offer a hot, freshly prepared full meal with beverage, at noon, Monday through Friday for $6. The meal is frequently followed by musical entertainment or other presentations.

The center also delivers these hot meals, Monday through Friday, to homebound seniors in the Lynden area for the same price.

Volunteer highlights: Our annual Bake Sale and Bazaar in November is a great fundraiser because it involves our whole membership. Crafters are busy all year making items for the sale and then helping with the sale. Others plan, decorate, set up and assist. Our cooks and kitchen volunteers make homemade soups and sandwiches and a whole crew of volunteers roll out pastry and bake 50 or more pies. But the best part is that everyone who is a member gets a phone call and has the opportunity to donate home-baked goodies for the sale, making our sale a huge variety of fantastic homemade specialties. Everyone who can contributes baked goods and those who can’t usually donate for ingredients or help in some other way. It’s one of our biggest fundraisers, but also one of our greatest all-inclusive participation activities!

Signature fundraiser: Raspberry Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, July 16, as the Raspberry Festival, Lynden Community/Senior Center.

Wish list: Corporate sponsors or contributors to fundraising events such as Ladies Tea (in May), evening dances or dinners/entertainment, Wellness/Retirement Fair. Needs include: monetary donations, prepared food or ingredients, raffle or auction items, live plants or floral arrangements, musical performances.

Current volunteer needs: Ongoing needs: various center assistance- kitchen help, meal drivers, office help. Special needs: Instructors and presenters to offer low-cost classes and activities of interest to seniors; people to suggest and/or help organize a special events or fundraiser.

For more information, go online to LyndenCommunityCenter.org.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April was National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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