Community First Awards
The Greater Maple Valley Community Center is now accepting nominations for the Community First Awards.
These awards will recognize one individual and one business/organization for outstanding community service, public service and/or significant charitable or philanthropic contributions of benefit to the community. The GMVCC Board of Directors will select the final recipients.
The nomination form for these awards can be found here.
Nominations should be sent to email@example.com by February 23, 2023.
Past Recipients of the Community First Awards:
2013 Mike Maryanski/Maple Valley Youth Symphony
2014 Gary Habenicht Family/Valley Girls & Guys
2015 Kim & Jack Emmons/Maple Valley Rotary Club
2016 Sue VanRuff/Make A Difference Day Committee
2017 Mary Jane Glaser/Maple Valley Farmers Market
2018 Cheryl & Bob Castagna/VFW Post 5052
2019 Gretchen Wulfing/Johnsons Home & Garden
2020 Sharon Chastain/Jerry Woods Holiday Engine Food Drive
2021 Program suspended due to COVID
It has been 27 months since we modified our senior congregate meal program to a drive thru experience in response to COVID. In that time span, our staff and volunteers spent 342 days serving bagged lunches in the rain, wind, snow, and 112-degree heat (with some really nice weather also thrown in). We began transitioning to a hybrid indoor dining/drive through model last July and have been working our way back to our “normal” congregate meal program. That transition culminated on June 30th with the retirement of the drive through program in favor of indoor congregate dining. We are exceptionally proud to have served just under 42,000 meals in these 27 months and we thank our partner, EJ’s Catering, for all of their contributions.
The purpose of the congregate meal program is to bring seniors aged 55 and older together in a communal environment to satisfy each person’s needs for socialization activities. Besides lunch, we encourage our program participants to engage in our pre-lunch (bingo, book groups, exercise activities, etc.) and post lunch (pinochle, mah jong, ping pong, field trips, and more) activities.
Lunch is served every M/W/F at noon and is just a $4 suggested donation for those over 55. (EBT accepted) Any individual under the age of 55 will be charged $7 per meal.
Take home meals are not allowed by our funding.
We know that this structure will not meet the needs of everyone. For those who need meals outside of our abilities, please contact our Meals on Wheels partners at (206) 448-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, we are always available to talk.
Senior Congregate Meal Program:
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What's for lunch?
Chicken Pot Pie w/Caesar Salad
Swedish Meatballs w/Mashed Potatoes
Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs w/Roasted Potatoes
Menus are subject to change based on the availability of ingredients.
We provide the most extensive array of human services available in our community.
Last year we worked with over 35 partner groups to provide more than 40,000 hours of direct service to toddlers, teens, seniors, and families.
We provided over $240,000 in scholarship assistance to individuals and community groups that use our facility.