CENTER NEWS

What a Non-event Celebration We Had
Many glasses and bottles of wine and champagne were not consumed. TP, disinfectant and sanitizer were popular not to receive! We are pleased to report—no hangovers! No one was arrested! All in all it was a success!
As of the date of this printing...you have donated $5,090.
Thank you for your support! It means so much in this crazy time!
 

 
Getting Around—Rides for Seniors
STA Paratransit Rides for Seniors are available for people age 60 and over to travel to essential destinations. Vans pick up the rider at their home or other location and drive to their destination. Rides for Seniors fare is $2. Fares can be paid in cash or any other Paratransit payment method (PT One Ride or a Paratransit Monthly Pass). Schedule trips the day before, or the same day with at least two hours advance notice.
Vans have a reduced number of passengers to maximize social distancing during travel. This temporary measure will remain in effect until further notice and is part of our effort to protect vulnerable populations during the coronavirus emergency.
Have a question? Need to schedule a trip? Contact a Paratransit Reservationist at (509) 328-1552. Representatives are available 7 days a week, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thank You
 
  • Emory Clark for donating live Christmas trees to a couple of our members who needed a tree but could not afford one.
  • Lori and Judy for decorating the front office counter and Christmas tree.
  • To everyone for your donations and renewing your membership! Every cent has helped us to keep our doors open until we welcome you all back!

Quick and Easy COVID-19 Testing
 
COVID-19 testing is available from ADx Healthcare, a physician-owned company in the Center parking lot.
√ For information connect on their website: adxhealthcare.com/Covid
From there you can make an appointment and pay for your test with their online portal.
√ Or email your questions to: support@healthcare.com
√ Or call Customer Support at 206-486-8288 or 833-508-1703
The cost for two-day COVID test is $149. For results in one day, the cost is $249. Direct pay with credit card is required or use of some Health Savings Ac-counts. No Medicare or insurance currently.
The Center will receive $2 for each test. This service is a great opportunity to support the Center and help us develop community partnerships.

 
Good News! ACT2 Classes Now Online
ACT2 face-to-face classes were cancelled in the spring due to the pandemic and its restrictions. Now classes for winter quarter are offered online! Registration is now underway. A printed brochure is not available, but information and registration can be found at scc.spokane.edu/ACT2. Or call 509-279-6030 and choose option 1 to connect to an agent. Class categories include: Take Care of Business, Get Fit, Find Your Inner Artist, Learn a Language, Enhance Your Wellbeing, Master Your Technology, Express Yourself, and Study History and Culture. Participants need an email address, access to WiFi and a computer or iPad. After registering, they receive an email from their instructor. When it’s class time, they “click” on the email which sends them to class. Their instructor opens the class and after a few more clicks they’re in — staying active (physically and/or mentally)!
 

Healthful, Affordable Meals Delivered to Your Door
Stay Tuned for Jan. Starting Date

Helpful Plates will resume preparing nutritious meals later in January. We will keep you informed via email.
Helpful Plates offers two different meals each day with the des-sert of the day and a different soup every day. Meal prices range from $6.95 to $9.50, 16-ounce soups with biscuit and dessert are $5.95, and casseroles purchased by the pan (9”x11”) are $12. During a seven day period the first delivery is free. More than one delivery in a seven day will require a $3 delivery charge for each extra trip. Or you can pick up meals on Wednesday between 2 p.m.– 4 p.m. at the Southside Community Center. To order, get information or a menu call Brandy, 509-216-6423 / Kerry, 509-362-6642 / Melinda 509-434-4303 / email kluv2bake@gmail.com. If there is no answer, please leave your name and phone number.

ANNUAL REPORT—2020
Center Overview
What a year this has been for everyone. Who would have thought that we would be closed for seven months! We have been in unchartered territory.
Thanks to all who sent in your ballots. Jim Battersby and Robyn Walter are officially on the Center Board of Directors for the Center. Officers for 2021 are Shelagh Camak re-elected President; Dennis Anderson/Vice-president; Sue Belote/Secretary; and Brynne Malone/Treasurer.
Finance
The support of members, the Board, Estate Sale volunteers, membership renewals, Meals on Wheels, Helpful Plates, Skyhawks Academy and the grants we have been awarded has enabled us to keep the Center running.
As of 11/16/2020 we had raised:
Estate Sale: $8,166; general donations: $8,325; Life Time Members: $4,000; Membership: $16,853; and Non-Event Appeal: $2,110 (to date-ongoing in December).
Grants Received:
PPP $30,000 to cover payroll; Innovia $1,000; Cares Act $10,000; and a recently awarded a $20,000 Spokane Small Business grant.
We had to return all rental deposits due to Covid-19 and our closure.
Current budget calculations show a potential deficit of $20,000 in 2021. This is hard to determine until we know when we can fully open the Center for rentals and fundraising etc.
In preparation for this, Lisa Rosier will fill the Executive Director position and the Program/Rental position until that position can generate the income to pay for someone to take it over. Lori will be assisting. Melinda continues doing our bookkeeping part time and Danny continues working as needed to ensure the Center is following CDC guidelines for disinfecting, cleaning etc. The staff have been financially responsible in cutting costs where they can while still keeping up to date with the necessary operations and legal requirements.
We were able to use this down time to complete many Center capital improvements with the multicultural grant funds. These include: replacing the garbage disposal @$3,000; fixing the lights in the driveway; exchanging lights in the Center and carpark from fluorescent to LED per an Avista energy savings program; replacing kitchen flooring, the ballroom carpet, ballroom wood flooring for laminate tile and trim, all the flooring in the hallway and three rooms, and red carpet for events. We also have upgraded WIFI; an updated sound system in ballroom with blue tooth and thumb drive technology and touch screen and new suspended speakers; automatic drop down screen; new suspended projector; updated sound system portable TV and conference room system for meetings/presentations; portable outdoor speakers for outside events; portable microphones and lapel microphone for speakers and presentations.
We still need to purchase convection ovens to replace the old ones in the kitchen, a new kitchen fridge and the gutter on the back that is leaking. The new van is still on hold pending government red tape. Once we can formally get approval the Center in 2021 will have to pay $14,000 towards a van that will cost @ $85,000 with all the upgrades.

The Donna J Johnson Endowment Fund Growing — Still Needs Your Support
Donna Johnson, a longtime board member and Center member, donated time and financially to the Center. Her long-term goal was to establish an endowment fund to ensure the sustainability and legacy of the Center for years to come. When she passed, she left $10,000 to the Center by establishing the Donna J Johnson Endowment Fund through the Innovia Foundation. The Innovia Foundation promotes philanthropy that enriches communities through investments.
Due to the generosity of Center patrons’ legacies, there is currently more than $26,000 in the Endowment fund. According to a Board of Directors ruling, the funds/interest from the investment will not be eligible for distribution for at least the first 5 years and/or the Fund’s balance reaches $50,000. When the fund grows, the Center will be able to tap the earned interest, reducing the need to constantly appeal for financial donations.
As an example of being part of the Innovia Foundation, the Center recently received $10,000 from Innovia as part of the Cares Act to support Non-Profits during Covid-19.
The Endowment Fund helps transform lives and our community by one day being in a position to provide grants from our foundation to others who need support or to continue their philanthropic work, including the Center.
Please consider the Donna J Johnson Endowment Fund in your financial planning to support the Center.

Wish List and Fix-It Needs
  • The gutter over the garage is collapsing due to the snow.
  • The three-door fridge in the kitchen no longer works and needs a new compressor.
  • The gas fireplace in the lounge needs to have a technician fix it.
  • A glass water cooler jug for events
  • Paper products, paper towels, tissue, etc.
  • Bottled water/soda/coffee
  • Heavy duty jumper cables for the van
  • AAA Membership for the vans
  • Convection oven, easily movable stage
  • Copy paper 20#
  • Sponsors for lunches and 2021 events

 
How to Help During Covid
We’re asked to stay home to slow the virus’ spread, but many of us grapple with how to be there for each other when we can’t be near each other. Here are some ways to support others.
Check on Your Neighbors
Wave and say hi to neighbors, through the window if they walk by or across the street if you are outside at the same time. Go out of your way to say hello and just try to connect... it seems important to make sure we don’t forget how to be humans while also keeping distance. Be especially aware of older neighbors and help with errands, shopping, etc.
Donate Money and Blood
Allocate money you’re saving on transportation and eating out to arts orgs, mutual aid organizing groups, and restaurant gift certificates.
Dine at Home
Order food from local restaurants (even though you have a stocked pantry) to support them. Curbside pickup or contactless delivery protects them and you from potential transmission.
Buy Giftcards Now, Use Later
A number of small local businesses have asked that customers purchase gift certificates now to help them through the hard times.
Take Care of Yorself
As they say, secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. In other words, self-care is incredibly important now, and ensuring that you’re making safe and smart choices is a civic duty of the utmost importance.
So, for some, doing your part will simply mean taking care of yourself. And that’s okay!


Get Healthful, Affordable Meals Delivered to Your Door
 
Helpful Plates will prepare nutritious meals that meet your dietary needs and deliver them to your home once a week or you can pick them up at the Southside Community Center. Helpful Plates offers two different meals each day with the dessert of the day and a different soup every day.
Meal prices range from $6.95 to $9.50, 16-ounce soups with biscuit and dessert are $5.95, and casseroles purchased by the pan (9”x11”) are $12. During a seven day period the first delivery is free. More than one delivery in a seven-day period will require a $3 delivery charge for each extra trip. Or you can pick up meals on Wednesday between 2 – 4 p.m. at the Southside Community Center.
To order, get information or a menu call Brandy, 509-216-6423 / Kerry, 509-362-6642 / Melinda 509-434-4303 / email kluv2bake@gmail.com. If there is no answer, please leave your name and phone number.


Leave a Legacy …..
Estate gifts left in your will to the Donna Johnson Legacy Fund for Southside Community Center are used to enrich and sustain programs. Please consider this as you update your will. Call Lisa at 535-0803 for more details.

Two Ways to Shop and Help the Center
1. Shop at Amazon Smile. Go to smile.amazon.com, select Southside Senior & Community Center as your organization and shop as you usually do. Amazon then donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Center.
2. Shop at Fred Meyer.  Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Center at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. When asked to select your organization, enter BC373--please note this is a new organization number. Then every time you use your Rewards Card, the Center gets a donation! And you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates. Rewards Cards are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Membership is a Bargain!
If you are a non-member and regularly participate, you will save money by becoming a member. For example, if you’re a mahjong enthusiast and play a minimum of three hours every week, the activity fee alone adds up to over $150 a year. This amount is three times the yearly membership of $50 for one and twice the couple’s membership of $75. What other benefits do you get as a member?
  • The newsletter mailed to your home.
  • Discounts on many Center activities, travel programs, and room rentalss
  • Perks, like early members-only shopping at garage sales.
  • Participate in games and many activities for free.
  • Elect board members and vote on issues at annual meeting.
  • Soon to be announced discounts at local businesses
A limited number of scholarships are available for those needing financial help to afford membership. Please contact Betty at 535-0803.
 


Membership–sponsored Fund
Sponsor a membership for someone who’d like to join our community here at Southside Community Center but can’t afford the membership. Your donation will allow someone in financial difficulty to enjoy center activities for one year. Contact Betty if you are interested in being a membership sponsor.