It has been said that the pursuit of knowledge is a noble quest. Cutting-edge research now shows it is also a vital key to healthy aging and can stave off dementia and actually “grow” new brain well into one’s 90s.
If you spent any time at all around our Senior Center, you likely met our oldest and probably smartest member, Bernard “Doc” Mann, who celebrated his 100th birthday in June 2009. He would teach you how to win at chess, play the piano, speak several languages, dissect sentence structure and trace the origin of words of which you may never have even heard. Doc also knew first-hand the importance and impact of learning throughout one’s life -- how it can transform a person. He spent his whole life inspiring children and adults to explore, test and stretch their intellect in and out of a classroom.
It is apt that this great, yet humble and unassuming, gentleman has allowed us to associate his name with the newly established Bernard “Doc” Mann Life-Long Learning and Scholarship Fund. The Doc Fund both enhances the quality and vibrancy of the Senior Center’s cornerstone Senior University program and allows all members greater access to our diverse range of courses, regardless of their financial resources. Donations to this fund support the Senior University and provide full and partial tuition scholarships for members who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend.
Memorial gifts are allocated to this fund, unless otherwise requested by the donor. If you would like to give to this fund, donations are payable to Hammond Street Senior Center with “The Doc Fund” in the memo line.
Our deepest appreciation to Doc for teaching us that learning isn’t something you outgrow or from which you retire, and that not only are we never too old to learn; it is learning in fact that keeps our spirits, as well as our minds, young and alive.
Members, families, and friends of the Senior Center can be recognized through memorial gifts to Hammond Street Senior Center. A memorial gift is one of the most meaningful ways to express your sympathy to families. Your gift is a remembrance of the past, and at the same time, a promise of a living, growing legacy, benefiting the community for years to come.
To establish a memorial gift, please call our Development and Communications Director at (207) 262-5532 with the name you would like the fund to carry and the name and address to whom gifts should be reported.
Include in the obituary: "In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to The Hammond Street Senior Center Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to the Hammond Street Senior Center at 2 Hammond Street, Bangor, Maine 04401."
Fundraising through donation solicitation and special events is a major priority for the Senior Center. We have made significant progress in growing our capacity to generate local support through a new, strategic development program. In just one year, we increased our percentage of locally raised funds by more than 20 percent and actually exceeded our ambitious annual fundraising goal -- thanks in large part to the extensive involvement of our membership in fundraising efforts and the engagement of many, many new donors.
Special events are a fun and important part of our fundraising efforts. There is something, big or small, happening every month – from our “Banish the Winter Blahs” Book and Movie Sale/Swap in February and May Basket Sale in the spring, to fall dance and the “It’s A Basket Case” week-long gift basket silent auction every December. In addition to being a fun, social way for our members to contribute to the financial well-being of the Senior Center, special events draw in new supporters, new members and our generous allies in the business community.
Hammond Street Senior Center serves more than 1975 members who reside in more than 45 towns and cities throughout the Greater Bangor and Eastern Maine Region. In 2009, the Senior Center made presentations to and/or supplied municipality-specific information to the City Councilors and Town Selectpersons of the 16 municipalities from which we draw the largest proportion of our members. We requested each municipality consider contributing just $35 for each town resident who is also a currently active member of the Senior Center.
Aunt Nellie’s Attic, located at 223 Main Road (Route 1A) in Holden, is a “new, thrift and treasure” shop that benefits the Hammond Street Senior Center. Other than store manager Kathy Clegg, the shop is staffed by volunteers who are members of the Senior Center. Donations of clean and useable home goods, furniture, dishes, jewelry, art, and other non-clothing items are always welcome. Aunt Nellie’s is open from March 1 through December 31 annually. Call Aunt Nellie’s manager Kathy Clegg at 989-3631 or stop into the Senior Center to make arrange a donation.