Seniors club receives federal funding
The Oceanview Seniors Club in Codroy has received $25,000 to support the updating and renovation of its building.
Club president Cal Warren said he and the members were elated over the funding, which comes from the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The announcement came from Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings on April 18. It included a total of $350,000 in funding for 20 seniors organizations in the district.
Warren said the money is going toward a renovation project for the club’s kitchen area.
“With the crowd size increasing, the kitchen is becoming less accommodating, especially for seniors,” said Warren.
The project will include an extension put on to the kitchen area and new appliances, which Warren said would provide better efficiency for its members.
He said one of the biggest concerns is safety for the people that use it.
The club is used regularly with 110 members. Some of those members are honorary and not active, and not all attend monthly meetings at one time, but there is a large membership.
“We hope to be able to add different programs and sessions based on the interests of the members,” said Warren. “Keeping up with maintenance on the building will ensure a sustainable place for seniors in our area to go.”
Currently, members meet weekly for card games, monthly for meetings, bingo and cards and regularly host different social activities.
Members give back to the community through different fundraising initiatives including donating to the Janeway and to the local hospital.
The building is also used as a resource to host functions outside of the club, such as anniversary parties and, more recently, as a polling station for an election.
The Oceanview Seniors Club in Codroy received $25,000 funding from the federal government.