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OUR MISSION

Whitefish Community Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the senior population and the community as a whole by providing health, educational and social enrichment activities. We also offer our building as rental space for persons of interest.

OUR BOARD

Current members of the Board of Directors are: Tom Hughes, Lesley Fix, Pam Fletcher, Rick Kinonen, Joan Paulson, Scott Plotkin, Bill Schustrom, Chuck Wilhoit, Lya Hardwicke, Amanda Vu, and Nancy Beougher

OUR HISTORY

In August 1974, local citizens saw the need for an organization to address the challenges facing baby boomers residing in the Whitefish area. An article in the local paper announced a meeting for those over 55 years of age interested in forming a group for older citizens. Fifty-four people attended the first meeting, and Whitefish Golden Agers was born. Its mission was to define problems faced by seniors and advocate solutions, as well as provide recreational activities for Whitefish’s 55+ population.

From 1974 to 1976, the Golden Agers rented space in a building in downtown Whitefish. In June 1976, the organization broke ground for what is now the Whitefish Community Center, and the building was completed in September 1976. It became home to many social events and hosted health screenings vital to the wellbeing of our seasoned population.

Within two years, the Golden Agers outgrew the building, and an addition was added in 1978.

In 2010, we officially changed the name of our organization from the Whitefish Golden Agers to the Whitefish Community Center.

We continue to offer, sponsor or facilitate programs that promote the health, nutrition and social integration of our senior population. We encourage community members of all ages to join. If we don’t offer what you need, we will gladly refer you to an organization that does.

We are consistently building and expanding our weekly activities thanks to dedicated staff and volunteers.

Whitefish Community Center continues to seek revenue resources through site rental, grants, special events and an annual fundraising campaign. Our organization is a home to those who may want to share a cup of coffee, have lunch and/or simply play a game of cards to socialize with others. It is a lifeline and an integral part of daily life.

 

Our door is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our site managers are pleased to give you a tour and tell you more about us.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Whitefish Community Center provides services for the citizens of Whitefish, especially programs that promote the health and welfare of senior adults. 

We are also the center for the Whitefish Meals on Wheels and congregate meals programs. In 2020, we delivered a total of 8,999 meals through the Meals on Wheels program and served 1,362 congregate meals at the Center. 

Everyone is welcome at our facility, which is open to the public from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm weekdays except holidays. We offer coffee and pastries weekdays at 9:00 am and lunch at noon.

We sponsor special events throughout the year. Some past events include:

  • a full-day tour of Glacier Park

  • a painting program under the tutelage of artist Susan Fletcher

  • gondola ride on Whitefish Mountain Resort

  • Winter Carnival King and Queen Coronation luncheon

  • class in cookie decoration by professional chef for Valentine's Day

  • Easter Egg hunt for adults

  • Spring Fling dance with The Springs of Whitefish

  • tour of holiday lights in Kalispell

  • annual Christmas Bazaar

  • and more

HOW WE OPERATE

The Center is run with the dedication of volunteers, a Director of Operations, a Meals on Wheels Coordinator, and an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

 

The Board meets once a month to review and coordinate the finances, programs, administration and fundraising events for the Center.  

In 2020, our volunteers logged  2,479 hours.

We lease our newly remodeled building from Flathead County and pay for the upkeep and improvements to the building. The lot is owned by the City of Whitefish and is adjacent to Kay Beller Park. We share our parking lot with the park.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are needed to help Whitefish Community Center with a variety of activities which engage our members and increase our ability to serve the community. Positions range from assisting with community fundraisers to occasional member outings, special events, monthly newsletter distribution, and kitchen crew, which helps provide daily Meals-on-Wheels support. We welcome volunteers that are happy to use their own vehicle to deliver meals to those home-bound in Whitefish. WCC enhances independence, dignity and quality of life through community services and life-long learning. Come join our team of volunteers and help our members ROCK THEIR GOLDEN YEARS!

•    Love to teach? Facilitate an education or activity class!
•    Serve lunch to our guests and brighten their day!
•    Bring a smile to a person living alone - Deliver a Meal!
•    Want to make a difference on your lunch hour? Come socialize with our members!
•    BIGGEST NEED – winter snow removal and ice management (sidewalk)
 

OUR NEEDS

We continuously assess the condition of our building in order to (1) prevent costly repairs and (2) offer the public a comfortable, useful space that complies with existing regulations.

All income to pay for operating the Center and improve the building comes from membership dues, donations, and grants. Your interest in our efforts is appreciated.

The Whitefish Community Center is a non-profit organization. We depend upon donations from local residents, sponsors and grants. Your monetary gift is very important in keeping our doors open and our services available. 

 

Online donations can be made by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.
 
You may send a check or money order to WCC at 121 E. Second Street, Whitefish, MT 59937. If you would like to make a cash donation, please stop by our center. Any donation is tax deductible as long as you receive nothing in exchange, and our administrative team would be happy to provide a receipt for your gift. You may donate in memory of a loved one or family friend, or have us earmark your donation for a specific activity or event. You may even donate U.S. postage stamps! Thank you for considering giving to The Whitefish Community Center. Be a part of our growth and success! 

DONATIONS

Whitefish Community Center is a non-profit organization. We depend upon donations from local residents, sponsors and grants. Your monetary gift is very important in keeping our doors open and our services available. 

 

Online donations can be made by visiting the Contact Us page on our website
 
You may send a check or money order to WCC at 121 E. Second Street, Whitefish, MT 59937. If you would like to make a cash donation, please stop by our center. Any donation is tax deductible as long as you receive nothing in exchange, and our administrative team would be happy to provide a receipt for your gift. You may donate in memory of a loved one or family friend, or have us earmark your donation for a specific activity or event. You may even donate U.S. postage stamps! Thank you for considering giving to The Whitefish Community Center. Be a part of our growth and success! 

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