Directors Letter– April 2020
I love the Sno-Valley Senior Center. But I want you all to know that I have decided to take another position as the Senior Center Supervisor of the Issaquah Senior Center starting May 1, 2020! I’m very excited about this new opportunity but also sad to leave you all. I have some deep friendships here and feel very proud of the Sno-Valley Senior Center.
The good news is that the Issaquah Senior Center is a levy hub partner with Sno-Valley so we will be doing some joint programming together. I’ll have lots of opportunities to visit and remain part of SVSC’s exciting future.
March has been a difficult month without question and April looks equally challenging. But I am proud of how
volunteers and staff have really stepped up to handle all the changes with the Coronavirus. We have disinfected and will keep disinfecting all surfaces in all the rooms and have been making calls to see how all of you are doing. Maryann Coward really stepped up to make some amazing meals for us. All staff helped to get meals packed and delivered or ready for pick up. This is a really great team here! (But we miss seeing all of you all very much!)
In March and April we had to cancel our Rainbow Bingo and our Dinner and Dessert Auction. We are also
postponing our annual plant sale to the Fall. BUT! We will have flower baskets available to those who pre-ordered, so please order! It’s a fantastic way to get some color and cheer in your home and yard while also supporting the Sno-Valley Senior Center! These are lovely cedar baskets full of blooms so order now, then from April 30 – May 2 you can drive by the Center to pick up or they can be delivered in the Snoqualmie Valley (for a $10 fee).
With events cancelled, we are more dependent than ever on donations, but the community is stepping up. King 5 did a segment on Sno-Valley Senior Center showing Lorri Engbaum delivering meals to Eileen Rollins and Sue
Bulcholsky. It was wonderful and you can find the link to the video on our website home page!
We also received a grant from the Seattle Foundation to help us through the changes in revenue due to the virus. Thanks to the advocacy of the Duvall and Carnation City Council (especially Amy Ockerlander, Jim Ribail and Kim Lisk) we were awarded $25,000! I also have grant requests into Snoqualmie Tribe and King County Parks.
I want to keep all staff employed during the COVID-19 outbreak, so we need your help to remain financially solid. We want to hit the ground running when restrictions are lifted. If you can donate even a little, it all adds up to a lot! We especially need recurring monthly donations so we have revenue we can depend on.
Most of all, I want you to know we are here for you. Kira has been putting puzzles and information into lunch pick up bags and started a Facebook page with lots of ideas of how to handle this “Stay Home. Stay Safe” time period. The Facebook page has jokes and videos and is a lot of fun. If you ever need to talk to someone, we are here. A staff person is answering the phones from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you wish to order one of our delicious made-from-scratch meals, just call 425-333-4152 to reserve a meal, please call the day
Take care and stay well! If you wish to stay in touch with me after I leave Sno-Valley, my personal e-mail is
I’m always happy to chat with you if you have questions, concerns or praise. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1