Q. HOW DO I BECOME “A FRIEND” OF THE PORTAGE SENIOR CENTER?
A. “A Friend” is a person who donates money to assist the Portage Senior Center in providing opportunities for area seniors to continue to learn, to maintain and enhance their physical fitness, to socialize on trips, in card games or at Center special events. So, if you donate to the “Friends”, a tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to the Portage Senior Center, YOU ARE A FRIEND!
Q. HOW MUCH MONEY DO I HAVE TO DONATE?
A. There is no specific amount; some annual donations are $25 or less and others exceed $1,000. You determine what is right for you!
Q. DO FRIENDS RECEIVE ANY BENEFIT FOR THEIR DONATIONS?
A. YES THEY DO! Of course, the main benefit is in knowing that you are supporting area seniors, enhancing their lives and providing them countless opportunities to keep active, physically and mentally, while offering various ways in which they can socialize with others. There is also a tax benefit as your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction. So, if you itemize deductions on your income tax returns, you can deduct the amount of your donation. Additional benefits depend on the level of your annual giving.
All Member Friends are recognized in the Portage Senior Center’s Quarterly Newsletter, on the Portage Senior Center and the FriendsPSC.org website. If you donate $100 or more in a calendar year, as a Supporting Friend you will also be invited to an annual donor recognition event. Check the Friends website for the details. Sustaining donors who donate $250 or more receive a VIP package at an annual donor recognition event. Sponsoring members (whose donations total $500 or more annually) and Benefactors ($1,000 or more annually) also receive discounts on advertising and room rentals at the Center. Corporate Friends who donate $2,500 receive those discounts and also are provided with Bits of Business Advance Registration and recognition there as a Friends Supporter. So, there is something for each donor and all donations are important and deeply honored by the Friends Board.
Q. YOU MENTION THE FRIENDS BOARD. WHO IS ON THE BOARD AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
A. The members of the Friends Board of Directors are noted on their website. Currently, there are nine members—some are also PSC members, others are not. Some are retired—others are not. All are dedicated to raising funds to assist the Portage Senior Center. The Friends mission is to raise more money from more people so that the PSC continues to grow and flourish as a “Center” for seniors in the greater Portage area.
Q. IS THERE AN APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BECOMING A FRIENDS BOARD MEMBER?
A. YES. Again, the Friends website has a copy of the Application. You can download it from the website or ask at the PSC Reception desk for a copy of the Application. Most applicants then seek to sit in on a Board meeting, to meet the members and learn more about what the Friends do and how they do it. If you then decide to submit an application, the Board will review it and contact you regarding the present needs for new members. The Board seeks members who will attend the meetings and provide input and assistance regarding the various fundraising activities it pursues—Golf Outing, Purse Sale, Special PSC event participation, etc.
Q. WOW! I DIDN’T KNOW THE FRIENDS DID SO MUCH. IF I BECOME A FRIEND BY MAKING A DONATION TO THE FRIENDS, BUT DON’T WANT TO BE A BOARD MEMBER, COULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN FRIENDS ACTIVITIES?
A. Of course! You know that the PSC has several hundred volunteers. Many of them volunteer on Friends Activities. You can volunteer at the Friends Golf outing or the Purse Sale, the Cake Walk and numerous other events. Just let Denita Demler, PSC’s Volunteer Coordinator, know that you want to be a volunteer at a Friends event.
How would you like to get involved with the Friends of the Portage Senior Center? We are always looking for assistance in a wide variety of areas. Your talents may be just what we need.