SHERIDAN — As the final month of its annual Operation Independence campaign draws closer by the day, Sheridan Senior Center representatives say they’re likely on track to reach their fundraising goal of $20,000.
“We’re so thankful for the community’s support,” Senior Center Development Director Rindy West said. “People are so generous in Sheridan County.”
As of Tuesday morning, the center had raised $14,820 in private donations from individuals and groups across the region and country.
West said that while the current amount is still several thousand dollars short of the center’s final goal, she remains optimistic that donations will continue flowing in through the end of the summer months.
During last year’s campaign, the center exceeded its goal and collected a final total of $23,000. If this year’s drive goes on to yield similar results, West said Senior Center staffers will consider raising the goal amount for subsequent campaigns.
About 17 percent of the Senior Center’s $2.8 million budget comes from private donations. Funds raised during the Operation Independence campaign are slated to support Senior Center programs such as in-home meal delivery, adult day care and family support groups among others.
“It’s a tight budget always (for the Senior Center),” West said. “This plays a huge role in helping provide those services.”
In addition to funding stand-alone services, the center relies on private donations to provide the required matching amounts for federal grants.
West added that while most donations come from residents of Sheridan County, the center has also received contributions from residents of other states whose relatives rely on the Senior Center and the services it provides.
Senior Center administrators plan to continue soliciting donations through the end of August. West said they plan on selling the concept as one which holds significant importance for all local residents and not just the elderly.
“This program is helping your friends and neighbors because we’re all going to be seniors someday,” she said. “We’re a community, and (the Senior Center) is part of that community.”