Thank you for helping us make a major move in support of healthy aging!

From the President of the Board and Executive Director

The Center's mission is to positively impact our community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through social engagement, physical well-being, civic involvement, creativity, and lifelong learning.

Pinky represents one of the original programs offered at The Center.

Celebrating 60 years of helping older adults stay healthy and independent

On February 14, 2020, The Center celebrated its 60th year of service to our community. Adapting and growing to meet community need is one of the things that has made us a model for centers nationwide. Leaving our home of 20 years on Hillsdale Drive (formerly Pepsi Place) was bittersweet, but perfectly in keeping with our guiding principles. The programs, relationships, and expertise built there—and over the previous 40 years—laid the groundwork for The Center at Belvedere, a venue that will transform community interaction and engagement.

The Center at Belvedere was envisioned as a home for healthy aging and a hub for community interaction.

"We appreciate what The Center has to offer and believe it will be even more beneficial to the larger community when the Belvedere location opens." - Bill and Mary W.

The Center at Belvedere

Our community had a need. We had a vision for meeting it. And thanks to the generosity of everyone who shared and believed in that vision, The Center at Belvedere is a reality. Designed to meet the needs of a growing population, this community asset will expand our capacity for partnerships and serve our community’s health priority of increasing well-being across the lifespan.

"Every night of presentations brought new challenges to my assumptions and thoughts." — audience member

A healthier community for everyone

Contributing to a stronger, healthier community takes many forms. To encourage community dialogue and education around topics of diversity and historic problems of race and exclusion, The Center launched “Building a More Inclusive Community: Local Voices on Diversity” in fall 2019. The speaker series featured six presentations by local leaders helping to shape a culture of inclusion in Charlottesville.

Finding new ways to connect online ...

The Center presented its first Facebook Live with local musician Silas Frayser. Enjoy his performance here. When we had to suspend all in-person programs due to the coronavirus, the last week of our fiscal year was devoted to moving our healthy aging programs online to help seniors maintain vital connections and engagement.

... and off-site, with the power of partnerships.

The Financial Wellness Series is a strategic partnership with CFA Institute designed to empower seniors in our community at all income levels and stages of life. Along with offering programs on-site at The Center, in year two of the series presenters Buck Klintworth and Jorgen Vik also took workshops to Esmont Community Senior Center, Scottsville Community Senior Center, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Opportunities to stay active, engaged, and connected are essential for well-being.

"The Center is a great place to meet new people and have new experiences! I'm glad I joined ... it has indeed been the center of my life!" - V. Porter

FY20 Financial Data

The Center receives no regular funding from local, state, or federal governments and is sustained financially through diverse revenue streams from both philanthropy and earned income.

Senior Center, Inc., doing business as The Center/The Center at Belvedere, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. EIN 54-0735666. Contributions are tax-deductible within the extent of applicable law. The independent audit conducted by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates was an unmodified opinion. Both the audit report and IRS form 990 are available at thecentercville.org or by request. The Center is nationally accredited, meeting all the fiscal standards of the National Institute of Senior Centers.
Center volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours every year to help The Center and other nonprofits.

Volunteers make a difference

Volunteering is the sweet spot of healthy aging. It increases our sense of connectedness to deeper values and to others, contributing to both emotional well-being and physical health—and it makes a positive impact on the world..

Thank you to our donors!

The Center gratefully acknowledges our Fiscal Year 2020 donors—individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations who made philanthropic gifts over the period of April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020. These contributions supported the Center’s operations, programs, scholarship, and events, as well as our facility on Hillsdale Drive and the campaign for The Center at Belvedere. Every donor helps sustain and strengthen The Center’s work. Thank you!