United Way funding feeds Senior Citizens

Editor’s Note: This is the next in a series of articles about the member agencies of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

WILLIAMSTOWN – The Williamstown Senior Citizens would not be the same without funding from the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, officials said.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Williamstown Senior Center at 510 Columbia Ave., said chapter Vice President Judy Smith.

The organization received $3,000 from the United Way Alliance this year, which funds trips and provides dinners and refreshments for its members during meetings, said Smith.

“The money helps us a lot. If it wasn’t for United Way funding, we couldn’t exist,” Smith said.

United Way funding buys the meat and paper supplies for monthly luncheon meetings at the senior center, Smith said.

“You would be surprised how much it costs to buy paper products for monthly meetings for the group,” Smith said.

The funds purchase soda and coffee for the meetings, too, Smith said. Members are welcome to all the coffee and sodas they can drink during the meetings, she said.

Members also bring covered dishes and turn the event into a feast, Smith said.

In the fall of each year, the group usually takes a boat ride, Smith said. United Way funding helps pay for this trip and others like it throughout the year, she said.

This year’s trip has not been planned, but United Way funds will be used for it as well, she said.

Each December, Williamstown Senior Citizens uses the United Way funds to provide an all-expenses-paid Christmas luncheon, Smith said. All of the food during this meeting is paid for by United Way funds and the dinner is usually delightful, Smith said.

Members also pay a dues of $10 a year, which pays for guest speakers and other activities, Smith said. However, the group is careful to keep dues proceeds from United Way funding and to ensure funds are only used for their earmarked purposes, Smith said.