ELLSWORTH, Maine — In early August, under a breezy and cloudless sky, Tim and Sam Francis held a well-attended reception to inform guests of the fundraising campaign that is underway for the new Senior Center at the Moore School in Ellsworth. The event raised $6,000 toward the campaign goal of $200,000.
Candy Gammelin, President of the Friends in Action Board, spoke about the keen interest this project has engendered among residents in Ellsworth and surrounding towns. “Hancock County has more residents who are over 60 years of age than any other county in the State. We are learning from many published studies that the key to healthy aging is staying involved and active, and the new Senior Center will provide many opportunities for that to happen; particularly because it is part of an intergenerational community space,” said Gammelin.
“This is such an exciting addition to Ellsworth and the towns of Hancock County,” said Michelle Beal, Ellsworth City Manager. “Our seniors are living longer, they’re much more active – staying active well into their 80s and 90s, and they want to remain that way.” She commended Friends in Action on the hard work that had been done in preparation for this new venture, and she feels strongly that the Senior Center will be a primary reason for seniors to choose Hancock County as their home.
A variety of questions were asked regarding the layout of the facility, staffing needs once it opens, funding for its operation, and access to all programs and services by those with limited means. Board members Mary Ann Lock, Sara Sherwood, Joyce Nieditz-Snow, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Sam Francis and Candy Gammelin answered questions, provided information on FIA’s mission and services over the years, and described the layout of the new Senior Center using architectural renderings of the Moore School. Guests were unanimous in their enthusiasm about the project and generous in their support. As they left, they received an informational kit providing more detailed information.
The fundraising campaign is now about halfway to goal. For more information about how you can contribute to the new Senior Center, call 664-6016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make a donation to the Friends Campaign on their websitefriendsinactionellsworth.org or by sending a check made payable to Friends in Action – Senior Center, P.O. Box 1446, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Since 2003, Friends in Action volunteers have been assisting older residents in maintaining their independence. This has grown into a trusted resource for seniors, helping hundreds of people around the region. As a local, independent, 501(c)(3) organization, Friends in Action partners with many area civic groups, health care providers, churches and other non-profit organizations, to assist seniors and disabled adults in the community. Their mission is to offer free services to the elderly and disabled residents of Hancock County so they can live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life. They provide the following services: transportation, help with chores, friendly visits and telephone reassurance, a resource library and Senior Center.