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The Friends:

  • Meet the special needs of seniors

  • Provide advocacy for seniors 

  • Fund meals for special occasions

  • Offer scholarships for classes and activities provided by the Center

  • Fund the purchase of equipment and facilities needed by the Center

  • Fund and coordinate travel, education and entertainment services 

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Contact Information

Fitchburg Senior Center Friends

c/o Fitchburg Senior Center

5510 Lacy Road

Fitchburg, WI 53711

(608) 270-4290


In 1979 the Fitchburg Town Board approved a senior program for the town and established a town Committee on Aging. By 1983 the City of Fitchburg was delivering home meals to needy seniors 3 days a week. In 1986 the organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) as the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends. In 1987 the city created the Commission on Aging, formed the Fitchburg Senior Advisory Council and broke ground on the Community/Senior Center.

Background Of The Friends

Who are the Friends: A 15-member Board of Directors are volunteers who meet on the first Thursday of every month. Board members serve three-year terms, with the opportunity to serve two consecutive terms. Officers include President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. The Board forms committees to share the work.

Why have a Friends Board: The Board exists to provide funding support for expenses that fall outside of the Senior Center city budget and to increase public visibility of the Senior Center. As an added benefit Board members get to know other area seniors and the staff of the Fitchburg Senior Center, all while having some fun!

What is the history of the Friends: The Fitchburg Senior Center Friends organization was established as a non-profit in 1979, and incorporated in 1986. When the Fitchburg Senior Center became a city department in 1987, the role of the Friends became advisory to the Center’s director. The name officially became the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends, Inc. in 2013. The name has changed over time, but the mission has not!

What the Friends Do: Through fundraising events, the Friends support and cooperate with the Senior Center in developing, maintaining and enhancing programs, services and facility needs. Funds raised provide scholarships for center activities, emergency meals and other special needs help, equipment and technology updates, entertainment, and other financial assistance. We welcome your continued support and participation in the fundraising efforts and programs of the Friends, benefiting all seniors in the Fitchburg area now and in the future.

• How to Join the Board: Anyone interested in joining the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends Board should ask for an application, which will then be sent to you. When there is an opening on the Board, your application will be reviewed and after a short interview and opportunity to ask questions, you may be invited to join the Board. The Board's year begins in October. We utilize and appreciate the talent of all members.

• How to Contact the Friends: Call the Senior Center at (608) 270-4290 to indicate you are interested in speaking with a Board member.

• How You Can Help: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Friends conduct fundraisers, and accept tax deductible donations.

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