The Rogersville Senior Center is a vital part of the Rogersville community. Each week it provides meals to home bound seniors who may otherwise would not eat. In addition to providing meals, it also helps meet a need that is not often recognized: providing medical equipment for those without.
“We got our 501(c)(3) in 1994 or ’95,” shared Liz Johnston, Board of Directors Secretary for the Rogersville Senior Center. “Back in ’95, I volunteered and delivered meals. I’ve been involved now for the last 4 years regularly.”
Six or so weeks ago the senior center received a grant in the amount of $8,007.95 to purchase a building to store medical equipment and replace dinning room doors.
“What a lot of people don’t understand is that the money we make from the senior meals goes back to Senior Age. We don’t make any money off of it. Any money that we make for us we have to apply for grants,” explained Johnston. “I requested the grant because we have so much medical equipment that we have tucked away everywhere that’s been donated to us. We take donations of medical equipment from people in our community and when someone needs something, like a wheelchair or walker, we have it to lend out at no charge.”
With the purchase of the building already completed, the volunteers at the Senior Center made quick work of getting the equipment organized. “We got it all organized in that building,” shared Johnston. “We don’t charge a fee or anything. We just make sure the equipment is available for anyone that needs it.”
In addition to providing meals to seniors, the Senior Center also hosts bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., exercise class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 am., jam sessions on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and has the pool room open daily from 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
If you’d like to support the Rogersville Senior Center, the organization is utilizing the smile amazon rewards; when you make your next amazon purchase put the link -
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1677637 in your URL browser and then click “start shopping”. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the organization.
You can also make a donation directly to the senior center by mailing a check to 197 S. Marshall Rogersville, MO 65742. And of course, “We are always looking for Volunteers,” laughed Johnston.
This is the fourth story in the Webster Electric Round-Up Grant recipient series. To read about the other winners, continue to pick up your copy of The Marshfield Mail.
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