building and equipment.
The Yorktown Senior Center has been in existence since April of 1986 and is located in York, PA. Currently, Yorktown is currently operating as a nutrition center which feeds the poverty stricken elderly on a daily basis who might not otherwise have a balanced meal during the course of the day and is a 501 (c)3 non profit organization.
Yorktown’s mission is to assist older individuals in optimizing their quality of life by promoting nutrition, wellness, socialization and fostering independence and strengthening links between the senior center and the community at large.
The Yorktown Senior Center was a pioneer in developing a change for the “face of aging” and supporting new community ventures and partnerships. It also laid the foundation for participation with 10 counties in the York, PA area to recruit seniors (and others) to learn about environmental programs, water monitoring, and participating in the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corp as part of the International Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI). The Seniors provided instruction to collect field information, established a computer data base that other seniors and agencies could access, and conduct multi-generational events related to the environment.
Yorktown led the way in promoting increased media exposure by developing a Caps for kids project which is supported by all of the York County Senior Centers.
The Yorktown Senior Center has become an important and vital resource for the elderly and provides information about aging services and referrals to families needing assistance for their aging relatives, in addition to offering help to seniors with human service applications, such as Energy Assistance, Tax Preparation, Nutrition Counseling, Health Screenings, Flu Immunizations to name a few. Though these services are offered, the only funding that is received is for meal incentives from the York County Area Agency on Aging (YCAAA), which means that Yorktown has to rely strictly on private donations from the private sector, business leaders and the community. This has left Yorktown with the possibility of closing its doors permanently leaving the elderly in the community without this much needed vital resource to help them age in place.
Faced with the possibility of closing in the past year, Yorktown hired a new Executive Director. Under the new directorship much needed changes in outreach to obtain additional resources and changes in programming took place. These changes have proved to be extremely beneficial to the center, however they are just not enough.
Currently, operating from a social hall attached to a church, the center has increased its meal servicing to more than twice the amount of seniors and has outgrown this small space and a new facility is desparately needed. In addition, its computers, most of which use Window’s 98, its photocopier, printers, and kitchen equipment are extremely outdated. Additional services to the seniors in the community could be provided if we were able to expand and obtain the much needed eqiupment neccessary to fulfill our mission. We are unable to offer computer training to the seniors, and lastly new books and audio cd’s are needed for our seniors and the visually impaired.
Our seniors are the forgotten and because of today’s economy, they can no longer afford the pleasure of living in an assistant living facility and 24 hour care so aging in place is the only option which is why this center and its services are so desparately needed. Won’t you please help keep this center and its mission alive. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Thanks greatly.