To Our Supporters,
Our communities are at their best when they support one another through shared challenges and celebrate life’s best moments together. The Center has been providing support for those 50 and older, and sharing those celebrations with our members and community, for over 30 years.
During 2021, we have had many successes. Earlier in the year, we weathered the challenges of continued pandemic restrictions by providing increased outreach and virtual programming. As conditions allowed, we celebrated the return to in-person programming with expanded offerings in art, educational, and wellness programming. Visits to the Center have continually grown over the months of reopening, and we have been thrilled to see the rate of new member sign-ups surpass our expectations. Equally important, we have been able to fully resume our community services, delivering free medical rides, grief counseling, and wellness checks to individuals regardless of membership status. As we look to the future, we are developing plans to increase our offerings and extend our reach. Indeed, we have much to celebrate.
However, like many organizations, the events of the past year have challenged us financially, but through careful management, we have maintained solid financial footing. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, sixty percent of our operational budget comes from fundraising and donations from the community. We have been able to resume most fundraising, but we continue to be challenged in meeting pre-pandemic levels. As a result, our Annual Appeal is more critical than ever in helping us continue our mission to serve our senior community.
This year we have set a goal of $30,000. We are very pleased to announce that we have received pledges for two $5,000 matching gifts from Kennebunk Beach Realty and Sheila Clark-Edmands and Peter Edmands, meaning your donation to the Annual Appeal will go even further! We are grateful for their generosity and continued strong commitment to the area’s seniors.
Your generous support during this year’s Annual Appeal will enable the Center to provide programming and services to our members and the community, today and well into the future.
As always, thank you for your consideration and your support. Please join us as we look forward to a strong and promising future.