After almost a year of renovations and additions to the Plum Senior Center, it's expansion project is almost complete—and that means the center is in need of volunteers.
Located on Center New Texas Road, the is open to senior citizens and people of all ages from the borough. It offers hot lunches for seniors, classes of all types and many other activities.
The includes a new cafe, kitchen, fitness center, group exercise room and more space for classes/conferences. The original building was built in 1980.
Nina Segelson, executive director of the senior center, said she's happy with the way the project turned out.
"It looks really attractive," she said. "A lot of people notice the fireplace in the cafe, though it was already there. There are more windows in the room now, so it makes it stand out more."
More space means more activity opportunities, and that means more volunteers are needed, Segelson said.
Among the volunteers needed are:
- People to help with the center's Meals on Wheels deliveries each week—drivers and packers are needed.
- Activity hosts and teachers.
- People who can help with fundraising projects and events.
- Fitness center monitors.
- A volunteer group to run the new cafe—food prep, serving, cooking and more. Segelson said, "It'd be nice to find someone who is retired from the food service industry to help."
The expansion definitely has been sparking interest among the community, and Segelson said she hopes it also attracts people who want to help.
"That's what a community center is supposed to be," she said. "People can come in and share their talents and resources, and hopefully, they see something we can provide for them.
"We want to make the most of all the space we have now."
Segelson said she hopes to open a gift shop at the senior center in the future, and more fitness equipment must be acquired before the new facility opens (the center is seeking equipment donations). A ribbon-cutting ceremony most likely will be held in September.
For up-to-date information about the senior center, menus and class schedules visit www.plumseniorcenter.com. Anyone interested in volunteering or teaching a class can call 412-795-2330.