Walmart has contributed $1,000 to The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center, a newly-founded charitable foundation, with the donation to be used to improve the services and enhance the center's popular Sage Café that caters to Pleasanton senior residents.
The café, a partnership between Open Heart Kitchen and the city of Pleasanton, offers daily lunch service from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Raymond Figueroa, recreation coordinator, said dining options include soup, salad and a choice of sandwiches or hot entree for $3, using a 10-meal pass that can be purchased at the center.
Figueroa said the Sage Café is looking for volunteers to assist with the daily lunch program. Those interested should call Open Heart Kitchen at 580-1619 or the Senior Center at 931-5365.
In addition to using the Walmart donation for improving the Sage Café, The Friends organization also provided funds to purchase two laptops for the new Senior Center's computer lab, where volunteers help seniors hone their skills.
"The 'students' and teachers are really enjoying the new computers and were pleasantly surprised with the spacious new computer lab," said Todd Walberg, Friends vice-president.
The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center was established as a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit to augment Senior Center resources.
Janet Burton, treasurer of the Friends organization, said the Senior Center, although a public, tax-supported facility and program, "needs private contributions to realize the full potential of its mission to provide new programs and opportunities for a dynamic generation of older adults."
"The (charitable) foundation uses its donated funds to buy the little 'extras' that the city of Pleasanton does not have in its budget," she said. "We started this foundation to help the Senior Center expand the services to the local senior community and to provide a fiscally responsible and transparent organization that can be trusted."
In addition to Walberg and Burton, others serving on The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center nonprofit are Dick Small, president; Kristin Jarvis, secretary, and Mary Jane Casper and Dick Stafford.
In addition to monetary donations, the Friends also has a "wish-list" posted in the senior center lobby that includes a coffee and snack cart, community garden, cold water drinking fountain, wood arbor on back patio for shade and an emergency generator.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, are another way to support the Senior Center, Burton said. This can be done by either writing a check or through Pay Pal on the center's website, www.seniorcenterfriends.org/ where more information about the new nonprofit also can be found.
FYI - People in picture, left to right: All are Board Members - Janet Burton, Dick Stafford, Kris Jarvis, Richard Small, Mary Jane Casper and Todd Walberg. Picture should be credited to "The Friends" - (actually was some one we just asked to help us out