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Be Proud!

Check out this great article from the most recent Sound Generations E-News, found HERE.

Be PROUD!

At Sound Generations, we pride ourselves on not just acknowledging the diversity of older community members, but also taking steps to ensure that we are supporting the unique challenges that come with being a part of marginalized communities. The month of June is recognized nationally as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the older adults who identify as LGBTQIA+ and acknowledge that the progress toward equality could not have been made possible without them.

Being out and visible as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community has always presented challenges for people on a personal, professional, and systemic scale. There is still much work to be done, but we cannot discredit how far we have come in embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, and more specifically, the older adults in that community who helped pave the way for generations after them.

What can you do to support LGBTQIA+ older adults in your community?

  • Learn about the problems and prejudices that older adults in the queer community face on a regular basis, like increased rates of mental illness, denial of access to essential health services, or social isolation from loss of friendships and relationships just because of their identity.
  • Be an ally. If you know an older adult in the LGBTQIA+ community, your open support of them has the ability to make a greater impact than you might realize on their general wellbeing. Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported.
  • Advocate for LGBTQIA+ older adults. Be a part of the continued movement toward justice and equality for these valued community members by getting involved in local, state, or even federal movements to push for policies that protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

June 2021 Directors Letters

Directors Letter June 2021

Big News! There’s a sale this month on Membership dues! Buy 12 months and get two months free! But just for June! You can renew early if you like. Consider buying a friend a membership or buying a membership for someone who can’t afford one. Membership is only $60 for one person or $75 for the entire household.

There is also a discount on a Lifetime Membership. Pay once then never again. You get your name engraved on a plaque outside the Great Room and an invite to our annual donor dinner. What a great way to leave a mark on the Senior Center and leave a legacy. A lifetime membership for one person is currently $500, so in June you can get it for $450! A lifetime membership for a couple is just $750!

If you renew and purchase a new membership in June then you also get entered into a drawing. You could win a certificate for admission for four to Remlingers Fun Park (a great place to take the grandkids!), a wine class for up to 20 people with wine included! Or you might win a $50 gift card! The drawing will take place Friday, July 2nd.

Why become a member?  Enjoy these great benefits!

  • It’s a powerful way to show your support and your commitment that the programs we offer should continue and that what we do is valued by you.
  • Get access to over 40 programs and activities each week at a discounted price!
  • Enjoy a free lunch at our monthly birthday lunch in the month of your birthday.
  • Get voting privileges on the board slate and bylaws changes.
  • A subscription to the monthly newsletter filled with articles and activities delivered directly to your door! You’ll always know what is going on!
  • Have your emergency contact information on file so we can help in case of an emergency.
  • Have people who care about you and will contact and support you in trouble.
  • Access to a social worker to provide information and support and a friendly visitor.
  • Discounts to very low cost health programs (like Bastyr, Dental clinic, footcare, Anti-coagulation clinic) saving visits to the doctors office
  • Discounts to very low cost fitness programs (like Enhance Fitness, Yoga, Zumba)
  • Opportunity to serve on the board and assist the Center in implementing its strategic plan.
  • A NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: 50% off your purchase at Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store on the first Wednesday of each month!

Members are in the know about what is happening and are involved in their community.  You don’t have to be a member to participate in classes or activities but members get privileges like those listed above. If you want to become a member but can’t afford the fee, we have scholarships available.

And talking about being in the know, please join us for a zoom member meeting on June 22 at 1:00 pm to get an update on senior housing!  We are actively pursuing funding right now and moving forward!

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4253334152?pwd=Y2ordDBaZWt0aTBwTnhZN1dTZUFCQT09  or call 1-253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 425 333 4152; Passcode: 1234. You can also register by going to www.snovalleysenior.org

I’m always happy to chat with you if you have questions, concerns or praise. You can pop up to my office or e-mail lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1

Lisa Yeager, Director

May 2021 Directors Letter

Some nice changes are coming to the Sno-Valley Senior Center! Kira Avery got a promotion! She will be the new Assistant Director. Kira will continue her current job responsibilities but will also take on the day-to-day Senior Center operations, and more fundraising responsibilities. I will be working from home more with a focus on the senior housing, strategic direction, grant writing and fundraising. Kira’s hours will increase from 32 to 40 hours a week while mine will decrease to 30 hours a week. I will be in the Center only once or twice a week. It’s a real win for the senior center to be able to grow her skills and abilities and groom her for even more responsibilities. Congratulations to Kira!

I want to thank our most amazing Plant Sale committee, most of whom returned from previous years so we have an experienced crew of volunteers. Darcy Dinwiddie is our amazing Plant Sale Committee chair leading this successful event on April 30 and May 1. Tami Agnew does a great job of ordering us a wide variety of plants, making us the largest most comprehensive plant sale on the Eastside! We buy some plants at wholesale then re-sale them but we also get some donated. Pat Beagle was the person in charge of getting plants donated. She did a wonderful job talking to all the nearby nurseries and picking up their donations. John Lambert and Dan Acker oversaw the logistics of set up and take down and getting us all the canopies we need! Cecelia McCorkle is Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire! She lines up and schedules dozens of volunteers to assist all week! Our volunteers make the event run smoothly and well! We also have Liz Post to serve as our Master Gardener to answer all your questions.

Denise Crutchfield oversees the First Picks party on April 29 which will look a little different this year. Because Covid19 is still causing infections, we are encouraging people to wear masks. So instead of passed hors d’oeuvres, each First Picks party attendee will get a lovely box with food, wine/beer/soda and seeds to take home with them. Denise has gotten some great donations that will make these gift boxes a real treat! Tony Dambrava will provide the music as usual. He always has such a great mix of tunes. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you better get busy!

GIVE BIG is this May 4 & 5! This is a great chance to double the impact your donation has! Kimberly Smith of Weichert Realty Pillar Northwest has agreed to match the first $1,000 donated! Michael and Gina Fisette of Fisette Charitable Trust have pledged to match the next $5,000! So every dollar you donate will become two thanks to their matching gifts! Give Big randomly draws some non-profits for matching funds so your gift has the potential to be even more! Give Big is an online event. Giving is open now on our website!

Big news! We got a grant to provide digital equity. What the heck does that mean? It means that if you need a computer or tablet or if you need internet or if you need computer help and don’t know where to turn – we can help you! So if you would like a free computer, free internet or free help, contact the Senior Center at 425-333-4152 and we may be able to get you the support you need to zoom into classes or Facetime with family.

We are here for you. Re-opening will be gradual. We’ll require masks and physically distancing for a while yet but we plan to re-start some small programs this month and keep growing. Keep up to date in the newsletter or on-line. If you have question, don’t hesitate to ask. Just call 425-333-4152 or e-mail me at Lisay@soundgenerations.org

Lisa Yeager

April 2021 Directors Letter

April is National Volunteer Appreciation month. The Sno-Valley Senior Center is very dependent on our volunteers in every aspect. 2020 was an odd year because of Covid-19. We had to reduce our number of volunteers so we wouldn’t put people at risk. Yet, people continued to volunteer in powerful ways. I want to salute all of you who made calls to neighbors and friends to see how they are doing, made or sent cards to cheer someone’s day and helped to make us each feel a little less lonely. You are my heroes.

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry. That is so true!

This year our volunteer board of directors helped us not only survive the pandemic but thrive as they pivoted to on-line meetings. They took on an ambitious goal to start the process to build low-income senior housing. They gave of time and funds in numerous ways.

Our fundraising committees worked to find ways to still raise funds for our programs even though we could not gather in person. The Plant Sale committee still sold hanging baskets last year and added flower bouquets to the mix so that we could still bring color and joy to our community! (Look for us to return to an in-person sale this year on April 30 & May 1!)

The auction volunteers helped us do our first ever on-line auction! It was very successful due to the hard work of many volunteers! They had imagination to see a new way! So the roaring 20s could roar again! People volunteered items for the auction – a cruise on the lake, a guest house, fishing lessons… without this generosity of time and items we wouldn’t have succeeded.

As summer came, we gradually added volunteers to help in the kitchen, reception and the thrift store. We had volunteers to help with mailings. But always we were careful so volunteers could keep social distance and wear a mask. So thank you to those brave souls who came to assist.

Most volunteering was behind the scenes – helping a neighbor get groceries or get a vaccine. Volunteers caring made life easier. So thank you to all of you! Sno-Valley Senior Center members and attendees are some of the most caring, beautiful people I know. So celebrate the fact that you make a difference whether you do formal volunteering or not. Pat yourself on the back!

I miss you and hope we will be able to provide some in-person programming this summer. We will do a very gradual ramp up so keep watching the newsletter for updates. Until we meet again in-person, take care and stay well. See you soon!
Contact me anytime with concerns or questions.

Lisa Yeager, Director Lisay@soundgenerations.org 425-333-415

March 2021 Directors Letter

March newsletter 2021 – Monthly Giving

I am so happy the SVSC (Sno-Valley Senior Center) is surviving this pandemic so well!  We have been very innovative in pivoting services to on-line or phone plus takeout and delivery of meals.  We served nearly 1,000 people in 2020 in spite of the doors shut! We ended 2020 in the black and kept all staff fully employed.  It’s pretty amazing. We have thrived because of our donors, volunteers and members. The community really was there for our senior citizens.

I’m especially grateful to our monthly supporters who give us a base of support to depend on. I donate to a couple of homeless organizations monthly because I believe in their mission and what they do. I always donate by auto deposit because it’s so convenient. I don’t have to think about it. But I know I’m making a difference each month.

Our monthly supporters are the true power behind our work. They get fewer asks from us and more updates. That reliable base increases our impact – we can do more and serve more because we know we have the funds to support it!  The easiest way to support us is to go to our website and click on “Donate”.  You can choose how much you want to give monthly and you can cancel anytime. It’s quick, easy and convenient.

One of our monthly donors Sara Lambert said, “We’ve supported the Senior Center for years, sending money on
occasion. It was fun picking and choosing where to put our money. Last year, we learned how difficult it can be for a non-profit to continue operating in challenging times. Usual sources of revenue can become shaky, new sources difficult to find. So we joined a group of others who give a regular monthly amount to support local seniors. We just added up how much we donated in a year, and divided it by 12, adding a bit more for good measure. This stable funding helps in planning future programs and events. It feels good to be a part of the foundation of the Sno-Valley Senior Center!” 

Did you know that if 100 people gave $25 each month that would give us $2,500 that we could depend on each month? It would give us $30,000 a year that we could rely on to help you and other seniors lead healthy, enriched lives.  If we could depend on that income, we could reach out with more programs and longer hours. We could help so many more people find health and fitness and great meals.  And you can be part of that with a regular monthly donation of any amount that works for you.

We’re an amazing senior center.  We are one of the few that ended up in the black with new programs, new
participants and true connection with our community. I’m really proud of us and of you and the difference our
members make. I look forward to our gradual re-opening and hope you will bring all your friends and neighbors to join us!  Hope to see you soon!

Thank you! Contact me anytime.

Lisa Yeager, 425-333-4152, ext 1;  lisay@soundgenerations.org