The Cove Senior Citizens is an organization that is a vital and active part of the Cove community. Intially begun by the Cove Community Collaboration, which has become defunct, the senior programs were so popular that volunteers have taken over to ensure the continued success of these programs.
The Cove Senior Citizens sponsor a twice-monthly luncheons, an exercise and weight lifting class, and a foot clinic.
The Cove Senior Citizens Luncheons are twice-monthly luncheons for senior citizens from September through May with an annual meeting in June. Set-up usually begins at 11:30 A.M., with seniors gathering for coffee at 12:00 P.M. and lunch served at 12:30 P.M.
On the first Friday, entertainment is provided by a” sing for your supper” band with their meal being provided. Officers and Board members help setup, serve and cleanup, as they are able, on a volunteer basis.
Attended by an average of forty seniors the luncheons are an important time for seniors to greet one another, socialize, and enjoy wholesome food providing opportunities for socialization which are limited in Cove. Many of the seniors are on a fixed income and find it difficult to get out and attend functions in the neighboring community of La Grande, 15 miles away, or Union, 8 miles away. There is a $5.00 charge for each meal, which is prepared by the cooking staff of the Ascension School(Episcopal Church) of Cove.
The Cove Senior Citizens Luncheons are held on the first and third fridays of the month. The first Friday the meal is held at the Baptist Church in Cove, with the third Friday being held at the Ascension School. We always try to engage our local middle school or high-school students to volunteer as servers. The future goal of The Cove Senior Citizen Luncheons is to expand the food service to every Friday and deliver to shut-ins.
The Cove Senior Citizens also sponsor a Strong Senior Program, which is a low impact, moderate intensity strength training class . There are ten classes per session, each an hour long beginning at 9:00 a.m. The seniors meet twice weekly under the supervision of trainer, Dana Dobbs of Cove at the Baptist Church on 707 Main Street.
Tues & Thurs
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. classes
$30.00 full session
$4.00 per individual class
Call Dana @ 541-429-5124 for more information
The Cove Senior Citizens Foot Clinic is a monthly clinic held once a month at Kimsey Commons at the Ascension School. Seniors take appointmentss and a nurse from La Grande volunteers to check feet and clip toenails. Foot Clinics are held the third Tuesday of each month.
The Strong Senior Program and Foot Clinic are self-paying. However, the meals are usually a few dollars short so the need to apply for grants, enlist the help of volunteer chefs, and meal sponsors, are necessary to meet the shortfall. The Cove Senior Citizens are looking into getting an exempt status so that businesses and organizations will be able to deduct a donation. Otherwise, they may not want to donate.