Senior Center calls on community for donations
As great as the recreational opportunities may be on Mount Hood, many in the community bemoan a lack of access to resources. Those striving to offer solutions are the staff and volunteers at the Hoodland Senior Center.
Without a community center in the Welches area, the Senior Center acts as gathering point by proxy, providing local resources to information on everything from health care to hospitality. It is also the site of multiple meal assistance programs.
"We're just here to help," said Director Ella Vogel. "There's a lost of needy people here, (and we work to) inform and assist the community. We're spreading the money we have wherever we need it."
The center has hosted a select few fundraisers, but this year the staff plans to partner with volunteers of the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, during the Steiner Cabin Tours at the center, 65000 Highway 26, Welches. Throughout the tours, volunteers and staff at the center will also offer refreshments, including a yogurt bar with yogurt and condiments and beverages.
In preparation for the sale is a need for donations — items in good condition, such as clothing and general use appliances and housewares. The center can't take anything too big because of limited storage, but all smaller donations are appreciated.
Vogel added that she was appreciative of those who regularly support the center, and the mountain maturing community. "That's what I love about this neighborhood — when someone's in need, people come together," Vogel noted.