MOUNT VERNON — Nine members of the Fredericktown Senior Citizens program came together Monday afternoon to request operating funds for their program with the Knox County Commissioners in the chapel at the Knox County Service Center.
Members of the Senior Citizens program, along with State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl, explained the program started with about 200 members. Now, the nonprofit organization has about 50 members.
To qualify to become a member of the Senior Citizens program, the individual must be 60 years old, or if a couple would like to join one of the spouses must be 60 years old. The organization is currently a 50130 group, and could file to be under a 5013C group, in which the organization or corporation is considered “charitable”.
According to president Martha Blanchard, the group is having difficulties with making ends meet, even for this year’s bills and utilities. She said the organization needs approximately $3,000 per year.
Commissioners discussed what would happen if both the Fredericktown Senior Citizens group merged with the Fredericktown Senior Activity Center, as both groups are for seniors, and are both social organizations, not currently offering any services such as hot meals or housekeeping. The Senior Citizens group members said that they “can’t get people to agree” and that the merger would be difficult to move forward as “some seniors attend both groups.”
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