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Bingo to Help Fill Waynesboro Senior Center’s Funding Gap

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The Waynesboro Senior Center is now hosting bingo on Thursday nights, and the games will help out residents in more ways than one.

The Valley Program for Aging Services, which operates the Waynesboro Senior Center, provides countless benefits for area seniors. Karen Hurt, the senior center's director, names a few: "Transportation, meals, the insurance program, Meals on Wheels - it covers a lot of area." But funding shortages - with the biggest coming from federal sequestration - put those benefits at risk.

"We have a big deficit to make up for VPAS and for the Waynesboro Senior Center," Hurt said.

VPAS covers five cities and five counties, but lost $115,000 to sequestration. Of that, $53,000 was cut from the senior center alone. The center sees raising money from bingo admission as the solution.

"Our budget had the biggest gap in it, because the people in our area have such a big need," Hurt said.

So from now on, Thursday night is bingo night at the Waynesboro Senior Center, staffed with volunteers and bingo equipment - worth thousands - donated by the Ladies Auxiliary.

"We don't want to cut services; in fact we want to add services. We want to add more programming. We want to be able to provide transportation for more people not less people," Hurt said.

Bingo is every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the senior center on Pine Avenue. Click here for more details.

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