The Jacksonville Area Senior Center is being recognized by the state for its contribution to senior citizens in the area.
The organization was given the 2013 Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement from the Illinois Department of Aging. The senior center provides activities and serves as a congregate meal site for its senior members. The center is financially self-sustaining through fundraising efforts and donations which have motivated members to focus on ways to help others.
Members have donated personal care items, magazines and neck coolers for troops of the armed forces serving in the Middle East; collected canned goods for a local food bank; and made quilts for a program to benefit children who are ill or dealing with tragedy.
Our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20 were at the awards ceremony yesterday in Springfield and talked to Senior Center president Barbara Suelter.
“I think that’s one of the things that helps keep you young, is helping others, and so we have a number of community events,” she says.
The senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Community Park Center.