Vashon Senior Center

Enriching the Lives of Older Adults on Vashon

October 23, 2019

Dear Senior Center Friends,

I come to work each day excited about all the classes, lectures, and events that happen here at the Senior Center. We are a vibrant, busy place, but I worry that our growing senior population’s needs will exceed our ability to support those who rely on us for help. Nearly half (49%) of Vashon residents are currently age 55 and older, and our senior population is growing each year. The increase means more seniors are seeking our services, which strains our already tight budget. Our costs continue to rise, and we need your help.

• Meals Program costs are up 17%. We serve over 6000 hot, nutritious meals each year. Our food costs have gone from $1200per month in 2018to $1400 per month in 2019.

• Bluebird Medical Transportation costs are up 15%.We drove 372 seniors to medical appointments in Seattle and Tacoma this past year—a 40% increase in ridership. Each trip costs the Center $120—roughly $850 each week.

• Care-A-Vancosts are up 45%.We provided the equivalent of 926individual round-trip rides to lunch for seniors who no longer drive. As our van ages, maintenance costs increase, gas prices keep going up, and the cost of insurance is rising. We never charge a fee to ride the Care-A-Van,which now runs four days each week. Our monthly cost for gas is $420.

The Center submitted a comprehensive proposal to King County in May to expand existing programs and develop new services for seniors on Vashon. Unfortunately, the funding did not come through, so we are looking to you, our Vashon neighbors,to keep the Senior Center humming.

So many of us depend on the Center to provide programs and services that ease the challenges of growing older. You can ensure that we are able to meet the growing needs of our island neighbors. Please consider donating today.


With gratitude,

Catherine Swearingen
Executive Director

P.S. There are many ways tomake your donation: credit card, cash,and checks are all welcome.Talk with your tax professional about a required minimum distributionfrom your retirement account,gifts of stock,and other charitabledonationoptions.

“I no longer feel comfortable navigating in Seattle. Having access to medical appointments without being Laden with anxiety that driving myself causes has made such a difference in my life. the quality of care the bluebird drivers give makes them Heroes to me. They pick me up and take me back home. This service is unparalleled.”
- Helen Meeker


“I love coming to the senior center. I see so many good faces, people I know. I wish I could be there every day.”
- Reva Sparks


“I would be lost without this place - it's the high point of my day. I don't walk so well anymore, so I appreciate that Joe and Zoe pick me up everyday and bring me here for lunch and the other activities I enjoy. My son asked me to move away to be closer to him, but I'm staying here. My senior center won't be there.”
- Keith Lysen


Karen Biondo's Cookie Recipe

Our kitchen Chef Karen Biondo has many requests for this cookie recipe.  So, she is sharing it with you. Enjoy!


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Services at the Center

Community Lunch at the Center

Lunch is served 4 days a week at noon. Join us for a well-balanced and hearty lunch for seniors prepared by our esteemable cooks, Kate & Jamila. Lunch includes salad, a main course, vegetable side and tempting dessert. We have vegetarian meals on occasion. And we offer takeout. The suggested donation is $4.50 but no one is turned away for lack of funds. You may purchase a 10-lunch punch card for $40. Join us in this community event where we have frequent parties and holiday celebrations.

Ride the Care-a-Van

We will pick you up at your door and bring you to lunch at noon. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday our “personality plus driver”, Joe will pick you up in our 10-passenger fully accessible van. Enjoy lunch and we will take you home again. There's no charge for the service. Granny's Attic has generously funded the program. Of course, you'll want to buy lunch when you get here ($4.50 for lunch). Call the Center at 206-463-5173 to schedule your ride. We will give you all the information when you call.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Help is available for on-island transportation, shopping, light housework, even yard work. We can also provide occasional respite care, telephone check-in calls, social visits and other services, all provided by volunteers. These trained and qualified volunteers help seniors 55+ to remain in their homes as long as safely possible. This service is for seniors who are economically disadvantaged and living on a fixed income. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

Bluebird Medical Transportation

Off-island transportation for medical appointments is available. The driver will pick you up at your home and take you to your medical appointment, wait for you and return you home again. This service is free of charge, generously funded by Granny's Attic and other members of the Vashon community. Your payment of the ferry fare is appreciated. Bluebird Medical Transportation is available 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

Here are more resources. You can also pick up a brochure at the Center.


Vashon Senior Center Calendar

Check out what is happening today, or view the Full Page Calendar.

Full Page Calendar

Contribute to the Community

Here are the ways you can contribute to the Vashon Senior Center.


Interested in Volunteering at the Center?

We have fun opportunities.

Contact: Pamela Wickard - 206-463-5173


1. Check the Job and Volunteer openings. We are currently in need of Drivers.


Job and Volunteer Openings


2. Join the Center for a $25 yearly subscription. The benefits are just too many to list here. Print out the forms or just walk in anytime to the Center and we will be happy to assist you.


Print Membership Form


3. Make a donation for any reason or cause. You can make a one-time or ongoing monthly donation.  Just use the PayPal button below. All credit cards are accepted.

4. Use this link for all your purchases at A portion of the sale is donated to Vashon Senior Center. These donations add up!

Take a look at the Newsletter

The most recent newsletters are here on line.

Current Newsletter

Past Newsletter


Catherine Swearingen

Mary Ornstead

Kathleen Hendrickson


Pamela Wickard


Kate Huntley

Jamila Al Dahir

Denny McVeigh

& Rich Asplund

Joe Meier



2018 Board of Directors

Liz Illg

Susie Kalhorn

Jacq Skeffington

John Dunn

John Burggraff

Linda Fox

Mary Van Gemert

Mary Ann Nagler

Bernie O'Malley

Carol Spangler

Deb Taylor




Executive Director




Volunteer & Program


Meal Coordinator

Friday Cook

Bluebird Driver


Lunch Care-a-Van Driver





Vice President




Vashon Senior Center

206 463-5173


Vashon Senior Center on FaceBook


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Vashon Senior Center

10004 SW Bank Road

P.O. Box 848

Vashon WA 98070


Catherine Swearingen , Executive Director


Mary Ornstead, Administration


Kathleen Hendrickson, Reception


Pamela Wickard, Volunteer & Program Coordinator


Kate Huntley, Meal Coordinator

Jamila Al Dahir, Friday Cook

Denny McVeigh, Bluebird Driver

Rich Asplund, Bluebird Driver

Joe Meier, Lunch Care-a-Van Driver


2018 Board of Directors

Liz Illg President

Susie Kalhorn, Vice President

Jacq Skeffington, Treasurer

John Dunn, Secretary

John Burggraff

Linda Fox

Mary Van Gemert

Mary Ann Nagler

Bernie O'Malley

Carol Spangler

Deb Taylor

Vashon Senior Center

206 463-5173


Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday & Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Vashon Senior Center

10004 SW Bank Road

P.O. Box 848

Vashon WA 98070