The Grand River Multipurpose Center will soon begin a fund drive to pay for the purchase of their present location at 607 West Old Highway 36 as well as parking lot repairs, and air conditioning equipment.
Money also will go to a reserve fund for operating costs. The goal is $400,000. Officials noted $100,000 is currently available which is expected to help finance costs for ten to 15 more years. The long term plan is to erect a new facility at a location still to be determined at a time when increased demand surpasses the size of the former Aldi’s Grocery building.
A fund drive begins after the first of the year, however, to allow those who make donations to receive a 2016 tax deduction, checks are to be received by December 31.
Since moving to the present location, the number of meals served has doubled to over 3,700 per month—1,800 on site and 1,900 home delivered. In addition the Center sponsors a number of activities for our senior population (60 and over) including line and square dance lessons, exercise sessions, bridge lessons, tax filing assistance, adult coloring, Medicare Part D comparisons, flu shots by Livingston County Health Department, blood count checks by Hedrick Medical Center and many other events.
The Center receives funds from the Area Agency on Aging based on the number of meals delivered. This does not cover the total cost per meal so local funds are needed to keep the Center operating. The regular price per meal is $4.00 for seniors and $6.65 for younger guests. However, no one is turned down for lack of funds. To contribute to the fund drive call 660 646-1555 for a donation form or mail a check to Grand River Multipurpose Center, PO Box 312, Chillicothe, Mo. 64601.
The Center operates under the 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt corporation number of the local organization titled Concerned Citizens for the Community. Multi-year pledges for up to five years can be made and the amount deducted from taxes each year.