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The Central Senior Center appeals to community to raise $55,000 for transfer of deed from the City.

The Central awarded $1.5 Million and announces a $55K challenge to community. #DefendTheCentral

The Central Senior Center has been serving community elders for 55 years.

By Staff Reports

On August 20th, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that the Central Area Senior Center and the Des Moines / Normandy Park Senior Activity Center were jointly awarded $1.5 million to support an innovative African Diaspora Hub. The funding for this 4.5-year effort will bring more African American and African immigrant seniors into these centers.

This award will help The Central win full site control. The City currently holds the deed to The Central’s property and the City Council will vote on an ordinance to transfer the deed to the Central this fall. Africatown has been in full support of this transfer occurring. Africatown's K. Wyking Garrett spoke earlier this year at the Defend The Central Press Conference in support of the immediate transfer.

“The timing is perfect,” said Dian Ferguson, the Central’s Executive Director, “as it proves the county has full confidence in our abilities to deliver and innovate vital services that seniors rely on every day to stay healthy and enhance their lives.”

The catch? “By September 1 we must add $55,000 to our bank account balance to meet the requirements for this transfer,” she said. “We’re asking everyone to support our $55K Challenge with donations or pledges of 55¢, $155, $555, or more. We are celebrating 55 because that is the age when one becomes a senior. We also celebrate 55 years of service to seniors in our communities.”

Tax deductible donations of any amount from 55¢ to $55,000 can be made online by clicking here or checks can be made out to Central Area Senior Center and dropped off at 500 30th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144. Please write “$55K Challenge” in the memo area.

Call The Central (206 726-4926) to donate with a credit card.

Get updates on the campaign at https://centralareasrcenter.org

The Central Area Senior Center was founded in 1968 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation to provide health and social services, connection, and hot meals to African American seniors, youth, and low-income citizens.

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