How We Serve Seniors in Silicon Valley

Jul 25, 2019 | by Salvation Army Silicon Valley

2019 marks the 45th anniversary of the county of Santa Clara Senior Nutrition Program!

With the support of generous donors, staff, and volunteers, we work hard to stimulate the minds and bodies of older adults with educational opportunities, low-impact exercise, lunches, and other "young at heart" activities. In addition, our Senior Center serves hot, nutritious meals five day a week.

Depression and dementia are some of the common concerns of senior citizens. Thankfully, recent studies show that consistent human contact and interaction can reduce dementia and depression, which is why we are so proud to foster joy and a sense of belonging with all of our senior programs.

Here are some of the fun events and celebrations we host throughout the year.

Lunar Celebration

Arts & Crafts

This picture is from a recent watercolor painting activity.

Easter Raffle

We had an Easter raffle...and these were our winners!

Father's Day

For Father's Day, we hosted a crazy tie contest and raffle with some singing entertainment.

Annual Luau

Check out these incredible decorations from our annual Luau Party!

Blood Pressure Readings

One of the health services we provide is free blood pressure readings. Below you can see one of our nurses from SJSU taking a reading. Blood Pressure readings will start back up in fall.

45th Anniversary Celebration

For this important milestone, we honored our seniors with a steak and shrimp lunch. Each person was given a 45th-anniversary mug. We served 150 people!

Music & Dance Performances

Recently, Los Lupeños Juvenil stopped by to perform at our Senior Center. What a treat! Our seniors really enjoyed watching these talented children.

Halloween Dance Party & Celebration

Christmas Celebration

Help Us Serve This Community

Your support makes a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of seniors in Silicon Valley. Along with the upcoming volunteer opportunities at our Senior Center listed below, you can also view our complete list of up-to-date volunteer activities here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Annual Luau - August 30

  • Serve meals
  • Setup & break-down
  • Raffle
  • Decorators

Island Moves Polynesian Entertainment will be providing Hula dances for this event!

Halloween Dance Party - October 30 or 31

  • Serve meals
  • Setup & break-down
  • DJ (1 - 1.5 hours)
  • Decorators
  • Contest judges (prizes awarded for Scariest, Most Creative & Best Dance Moves)  

Thanksgiving Day Meal - November 26 & 27

  • Musical entertainment
  • Debone turkeys (days prior)
  • Peel potatoes (days prior)
  • Event servers
  • Decorators

We generally feed approximately 250-300 seniors and the general public.

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