The Groton Senior Center has received recognition by the National Institute of Senior Centers and became one of only 3 percent of accredited senior centers in Massachusetts and one of only 1 percent of the 15,000 centers in the United States. The Groton Senior Center completed the process in March 2008 and we are very proud of this accomplishment.
The Groton Council on Aging will be holding a celebration on May 8 from 4-7 p.m. The Council would be greatly honored if you would consider attending this event.
Our focus for this event is to bring together dignitaries, state and local organizations and seniors at large to recognize the present and future needs of the growing senior population. Your presence will support our mission and that of all Council on Aging/Senior Centers in Massachusetts.
The Council on Aging/Senior Center is a governmental organization and has been providing support services and programs since 1975. Our mission statement includes seeking to enrich the lives of senior citizens by providing opportunities for learning; leisure; creativity; health; fitness; information and referral; social services; and to involve, enrich, and empower seniors.
On the average, our Senior Center serves over one thousand participants a year. The center also serves as a community resource by opening its doors as a polling site, for candidate forums, support groups, public hearings, and numerous other community events.
In 2007, center volunteers recorded hours of senior community service that saved the town, $57,057.44. This labor value is according to Massachusetts Employment Commission statistics, and with the budget restraints this year, this service helps to defray the cost of service to our community.
MARTHA A. CAMPBELL
Groton COA Director