1st Tuesdays, 1 – 2 pm.
Thought-provoking discussion on interesting books provided by Washington Center for the Book. Facilitated by Chandler Clifton.
$2 members, $4 public. Group currently full. Call to join wait-list, WCSC members have priority.
Practice your craft of the written word in this supportive setting with fellow writers!
A chance to workshop your material and get helpful publishing advice.
Facilitated by Marilyn Michael.
$3 Members $5 public. Drop-ins welcome.
Every Friday (Except 11/24), Rain or Shine*! 1:30pm
Stay healthy, meet new friends, and enjoy one of North Seattle’s greatest walking destinations! Walk the 2.8 mile Green Lake loop at a moderate or gentle pace. The walking group will… Continue reading
Meet new friends and create wearable masterpieces in this knitting group! Get a weekly dose of project ideas, new techniques, and good conversation in this open circle of camaraderie and craft, led by June… Continue reading
(Written by Kaitlin Zinsli)
Oftentimes, it can be small-scale community efforts that make all the difference in someone’s life. That is the case when it comes to Wallingford Community Senior Center’s meal program. The lunches are not just a convenient lunch stop for people in the older population but a collective effort to address real problems of hunger and isolation in the senior community. The uniquely designed program combats these issues by encouraging active and regular attendance of meals in a friendly, social setting.
The meal program offers lunch three days a week for a suggested donation of $4 (although no one has been turned away if they can’t afford this fee). In addition to providing food and social interaction, the meal program also naturally exposes participants to the wealth of other activities offered at the Center, including exercise classes, game and movie nights, and pancake breakfasts. It provides seniors a safe place to enjoy meals, be an active part of a community, see familiar faces, and make connections.
The successful meal program has been around for several years and has recently gone through some difficult, but ultimately positive, changes. Earlier this year, the federal government cut its yearly funding for the program, leading to concerns that WCSC would have to start turning people away and potentially shut down the program completely. WCSC employees and volunteers refused to go down without a fight.
“We took the opportunity to grow and expand, instead of shrinking back and saying, ‘We can’t do this,’” said WCSC Program and Operations Manager Victoria Dzenis.
Instead of giving up, WCSC is moving to transform the meal program into a self-sustaining program. They altered meals by providing more options and were able to rely on volunteers, the community, and donors to keep the program not only afloat, but more successful than ever. Today there are more lunch attendees than before the funding cuts.
Ashley Larson, WCSC’s Communications and Operations Coordinator, says the changes the meal program has gone through have “definitely been positive, and people enjoy [coming] more.” Continue reading