Health Care Providers Council writes $24,500 in checks for senior programs

Twenty senior centers and six community organizations that will share a combined donation of $24,500 from Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County in support of seniors.

The financial gifts, which were presented during a council meeting Dec. 8, are made possible through donations, event income and special fund-raising by members of the council (HCPC).

“The needs of seniors and their families and caregivers is our number one priority,” said Joan Engle, president of HCPC. “Special events like the annual Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference and Making the Link, monthly fund-raising from our members, and annual membership fees further assist the work of our local senior centers and valuable non-profit organizations here in Pierce County.”

Senior centers receiving $1,000 checks include Beacon Senior Center in Tacoma, Bonney Lake Seniors, Buckley Senior Center, Eatonville Family Agency, Fife Community Center, Gig Harbor Senior Club, Key Peninsula Community Center, Lakewood Senior Activity Center, Lighthouse Activity Center in Tacoma, Mid-County Community Center in the Summit area, Milton Activity Center, Orting Valley Senior Center, Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, Puyallup Activity Center, Salvation Army Senior Center in Puyallup, Spanapark Senior Center in Spanaway, Steilacoom Community Center, Sumner Senior Center, Tillicum-American Lake Senior Center in Lakewood, and University Place Senior Center.

HCPC also provided $750 donations apiece to Honor Flight, FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, Senior Pet Food Bank, Gig Harbor Basket Brigade, Tacoma Rescue Mission and Catholic Community Services.

HCPC, a non-profit organization that promotes service, care and well-being for older and disabled adults, draws its 160-plus members from among senior-service organizations, senior housing providers, healthcare organizations and individuals offering specialized or discounted services to seniors. Additional information about HCPC is available at

Financial donations to senior-oriented programs from Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County were accepted by these representatives of the 26 organizations.