By Becky Johnson

Have you ever wondered how a community center could benefit our area’s senior citizens? Learn about how the Hillsborough Community Center is partnering with Greater Hillsborough Senior Services to reach our shared goals.

Greater Hillsborough Senior Services (GHSS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity that provides services that contribute to the well-being and independence of our region’s older folks. This organization would like to do more, but they are limited. When I approached GHSS about the possibility of building a regional community center, they were excited about what this could mean to the people whom they serve.

I remember my first job at a community center, where the seniors were provided a daily meal, exercise if they wanted to participate, and social activities such as games, time with youth who were on community service field trips, or regular visits from pets from animal shelters. The site also provided Meals-on-Wheels a place where they could cook nutritious food that was delivered to the home-bound seniors and the disabled. I wanted to create a center using this model. I believe that it is vitally important to take care of the community’s senior citizens and provide opportunities for health, education, and social activities that are reliable and safe.

GHSS has partnered with Hillsborough Community Center, Inc. by way of a fiscal sponsorship agreement. This agreement will help both nonprofit groups to access important grant funding for future programs, such as the outdoor adult exercise equipment that AARP built for the City of Manchester. A community center will also mean that GHSS will have a permanent home to conduct business, possibly expand their offerings, and have a safe place to park their bus that takes seniors on many excursions.

The Hillsborough Community Center will serve all area residents, including senior citizens, youth, families, individuals, and local businesses. Will you please help us build a regional community center in Hillsborough? We need donations and volunteers. Visit www.hccnh.org/donate to learn how you can help.

Previously published in the Stonebridge Post.