Longietti: Senior community centers to benefit from nearly $10,000 in funding

HERMITAGE, Jan. 7 – Two area senior community centers will benefit from nearly $10,000 in funding from the state Department of Aging to help them continue operating during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.  

Longietti, D-Mercer, said funding of nearly $5,000 each to the Shenango Valley Senior Center and the Greenville Senior Community Center will provide critical relief to help allay the impact of the pandemic.

“Our area senior centers play an incredibly important role for older adults in the community,” Longietti said. “In addition to nutritious meals and transportation, the centers are places where seniors can go to connect with the community, pursue new interests, volunteer their time, stay fit and get helpful financial and other advice.

“As with nearly every other business or organization, however, these centers have felt the impact of the pandemic. Securing this funding will help them make it through this difficult period and will ensure that they are around to continue enriching seniors’ lives, both now and more fully, after the pandemic is over.”

The grant is part of a package of $2 million in funding to the state’s 405 Agency on Aging-affiliated senior community centers. The funding – appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery – may be used for COVID-19 mitigation, capital improvements and renovations, programs and services, technology, nutrition services, marketing and outreach, and rent and utilities.

More information about the funding is available here