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Wallingford Community Senior Center 

Description

The Wallingford Community Senior Center is a warm and welcoming space where older adults in north Seattle learn to thrive through life’s transitions in a positive and healthy way. Since 1979, the WCSC has remained a steadfast champion for the well-being, dignity and independence of this growing population by offering rich programming, strong community outreach and a deep understanding of aging issues, trends and available resources.

The center’s dynamic programming helps enrich the lives of seniors, especially those who have limited access to emotional, family or financial support, and enables them to age as they choose within their community. The WCSC offers its participants affordable opportunities to meet and connect with friends, discover new interests or refine old ones, share a nutritious meal and stay active and healthy. An on-site social worker is available to help guide seniors and their families through the many challenges and transitions of aging by connecting them to critical resources.

The WCSC recognizes that aging touches us all, but the process of going through life’s transitions looks different for every individual. The informed team at the WCSC can help seniors navigate the often daunting network of community and government resources and help them make crucial decisions and plan for their future.

Mission Statement
WCSC builds community across generations and fosters healthy, positive aging. By creating an inclusive, vibrant, age-friendly organization, we provide opportunities for social connection & support, health promotion, learning, and community involvement.
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Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N 
Seattle 
WA
98103 
(206) 461-7825 

Kathleen Cromp 
Executive Director 

Programs

Wallingford Community Senior Center Programs

The hands-on and knowledgeable team of staff and volunteers work diligently to create and teach programs ranging from computer skills and yoga classes, to book groups, mahjong games and driving proficiency. In addition to delicious and nutritious lunches served at the center, the WCSC also offers weekly cooking and nutrition classes to keep seniors healthy and thriving at home.

Programming areas address the needs of those at any stage of life but are catered to the unique needs and desires of seniors and older adults:
  • Health Promotion: Fitness Classes, Yoga, Health Workshops
  • Food Insecurity: 3 day a week lunch program
  • Mental Wellness: Happiness Workshops, Meditation, Onsite Social Worker
  • Social Connection: Conversation Group, Men’s Group, Writing Group, Book Club, Knitting Circle, Games, Community Events
  • Resource Navigation: Monthly health, legal, and resource workshops
  • Artistic Expression: Outings to the Arts, Art Classes
  • Digital Literacy: Computer Courses, 1 on 1 Computer Mentoring
  • Safety Net Services: Free Social Worker Consultations, Door to Door Transportation Supports

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent Successes
  • WCSC’s strong programming and services is evidenced by more and more participants continue to stream through the doors for programs, services, and community events.  2013 saw nearly a 10% increase in those served from 2012.  Early 2014 numbers continue to show that programs at WCSC are popular with more than a 10% increase from the same time period in 2013.
  • Despite losing all government funding for its lunch program, WCSC continues to serve lunch and has implemented new improvements.  In April, WCSC began participation in the EBT program and began a partnership with two SHAG communities, boosting the numbers of those served.
  • In 2013, WCSC collaborated with the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce to save the Wallingford Family Parade and Festival, one of the city’s many neighborhood Seafair parades.  The two organizations will again collaborate in 2014 to ensure that Wallingford experiences its 65th annual parade and festival.
Current Need
Your gift will keep programs and services accessible to all older adults and seniors.  Fixed incomes, complicated transitions, and increasing risk of isolation make access to free and affordable programs a necessity for healthy and positive aging.  More than 50% of WCSC’s programming is free or has only a suggested donation.

Evaluation

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/16/2004 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.

Financials

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