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Unique fundraising ideas help Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center

Two new unique volunteer opportunities await Mt Juliet residents at the Mt Juliet Senior Activity Center. 
Started in January 2011 by Executive Director, Linda McClanahan, these two new volunteer programs with the Mt Juliet Senior Activity Center are allowing supporters of the Center to actively participate in the improvements desperately needed around the building in which the Center is housed.
“It is more challenging than ever to raise much needed funds these days for non-profits”, states director McClanahan. “Grants have been limited and some reduced, and fundraising events are competitive.”
 One of the programs – The 1-5-1 Club – recognizes donations of $100, $500, or $1,000, as well as volunteers with 100, 500, or 1,000 hours of service, by placing the donor or volunteer’s name on a brick wall.
Almost all of the bricks were sold in 2011, and a new wall is being kicked off for 2012.
The Senior Activity Center also began an Adopt-a-Room program in 2011. 
Through this initiative, service clubs, companies, church groups, small businesses and individuals can adopt a room or space at the Center and complete needed renovations. 
One such project was recently completed by 13-year-old boy scout Kalani Smith, who organized and executed the renovation of the choir room at the Center. 
Kalani, an eagle scout candidate from troop 439, replaced ceiling tiles, lighting fixtures, and carpet in the choir room, as well as freshening up the room with new wall paint and window treatments. 
Another room at the Center currently in the process of receiving some volunteer TLC is the drama room, which has been adopted by Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial. 
Member Kevin Copeland learned about the Adopt-a-Room program when he picked up the MJSAC newsletter at Billy Goat Coffee, and he quickly organized a team. 
“It just seemed like such a great idea… that we can all come together and have a building that helps so many seniors,” says Copeland. 
The door to each adopted room at the Center bears a plaque with the name of the individual or group responsible for the renovation.
On average, the MJSAC hosts 70-100 seniors each day, who can participate in over 80 programs offered in the areas of arts and crafts, drama and music, recreation, education, socials, and special events. 
The mission of the Mt Juliet Senior Activity Center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, recreational, and educational activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. 
“It would be great to have a brand new building for our ever growing senior programs, but in the mean time, we will work to provide a safe, clean, and well-maintained and cheerful atmosphere for our seniors”, says director Linda McClanahan. “I want people to know that this is the heartbeat of our city, a place to gather… a place where friends meet.”
The MJSAC will host The Grand Gala on Feb. 18.
The event will be an evening of dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions open to members of the center and the general public. 
For more information on The Grand Gala or any of the volunteer opportunities available at MJSAC, please contact Linda McClanahan at (615)758-9114.

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