The Georgetown Senior Center is a private, nonprofit organization established to provide warmth, companionship, and intellectual stimulation to elderly residents of Georgetown and Upper, NW. Operations are handled by a dedicated cadre of volunteers who manage the regular calendar of meetings and activities. Many volunteers also serve on the organization’s Board of Directors.
The members often provide suggestions for enrichment programs as well as for periodic field trips. In addition, most seniors contribute financially, paying $6 for lunches and $4 for transportation for regular gatherings and applicable fees for field trips. However, financial arrangements are tailored to each member’s financial situation, and no one is turned away.
Funded wholly by donations, the Center is a Section 501(c)3 organization. It receives no government funds and is fully supported through tax deductible contributions from local businesses and generous citizens.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Blake Hall (1st Floor)
3240 O St., NW,
Washington, D.C. 20007
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave., NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008
Virginia Luce Allen, a long-time Georgetown resident, was moved by an article written in The Washington Post, by reporter Bob Woodward, about how a then-federally funded senior center was closing. She was determined to re-open it. Ms. Allen was concerned about what she called a "plague of loneliness". She felt that each of us is at risk for becoming isolated. Driven by boundless compassion and energy, Ms. Allen started the Center in 1982 and ran it until her death at age 92 in 2009. Today as in the past, her center is a haven for bringing people together and creating fun times and new memories.