The Chisago County Senior Center runs under the auspices of the Chisago County Senior Citizens Board on Aging. In the later 1970’s the Board on Aging decided they were in need of a Senior Center. The citizens of Chisago County began fund-raising efforts, going to each house asking for donations, holding dances, pig roasts, and potlucks. When they received enough money they started looking at options for a building. They bought the old Superior Engineering Building, and added on an addition. This addition was be used for the expansion of the bathrooms and to be for the dining site as well as other functions. The North Branch Senior Dining Site held meals Mondays – Friday, and the Senior Center was used as a multi purpose center. Activities, programs and events were held daily Monday – Friday and occasionally on the weekends.
In 1994 ideas for a new center were being discussed. On a cold Wednesday afternoon on December 13, 2000 we gathered together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new center. The old building was torn down in July 2001. We moved into Uptown Maple Commons building in October of 2001. We officially open the doors to the public in November 2001.
Through the years Chisago County has granted the Senior Center funding on an annual basis. Along with these funds, we raise funds through the rental of our rooms and other activities for which there may be a small fee.
The Senior Center in North Branch, Minn. has no paid employees... we operate solely because of the most generous help of a truly dedicated staff of volunteer senior citizens Click Here for full-size picture (opens a new window).
The Chisago County Board On Aging currently consists of 13 members of which 4 are officers and all of which are "seniors" all of which are volunteers. Those offices are president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.
In addition to the officers on the board, the organization is broken down into three departments, "Administration," "Finance & Accounting," and "Food Service." Each of these departments has a coordinator who are also seniors and also volunteers. Their respective departments, also consisting of senior volunteers, run the day-to-day business affairs of the center.