Senior Center begins to see donations for new roof

New roof will cost $60,000; only $8,000 raised so far

POLO – Money has started to come in for a much-needed new roof for the Polo Senior Center.

About $8,000 has been donated, but $60,000 is needed, Director Barb Burke said Tuesday.

Last month’s storms damaged the already-leaky roof on the historic building at 101 E. Mason St.

Center officials launched a major fundraising campaign last week by sending letters to Polo-area residents seeking donations.

In the meantime, officials are tightening their belts. Plans are to end its cable TV service, cut back on extermination services, and reduce electricity use by shutting off the air conditioner more often, Burke said.

The center, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary on July 23, sees 8,000 visitors a year, and hosts community activities including the Kid’s Christmas Shopping Day, Farmers Market meals, a monthly afternoon movie, and a weekly cinnamon rolls social.

To help or donate

To contribute to the Polo Area Senior Center's roof fund, send donations to PASS Roof Fund at First State Bank of Polo, Blackhawk Area Credit Union in Polo or the center.

All contributions to the nonprofit organization are tax-deductible.

Call the center's director, Barbara Burke, at 815-946-3818 for more information.