Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Earns Accreditation
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Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Earns Accreditation

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November 12, 2012

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Congratulations to the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center for earning their National Senior Center Accreditation in November 2012. This is their second accreditation.

NISC offers the only National Senior Center Accreditation Program. Accreditation provides official recognition that a senior center meets the nine standards of senior center operations.

“The Center” in Iowa City, IA, is a municipal senior center in a 100-year-old historical U.S. Post Office, located in the center of the city. This granite building with mosaic floors, carved wooden doors, and large fan-shaped windows provides a beautiful environment with 25,000 square feet on four floors.

Serving approximately 285 visitors daily, this senior center opened in 1981. Its participants are mostly (94%) Caucasian, but include all nationality groups. They serve ages 59-85+, but 63% of participants are aged 65-84.

Best practices include:

  • An excellent process to prepare for accreditation, including an operational assessment, development of goals and objectives, and a strategic plan.

  • Multiple collaborations with community partners.

  • Great utilization of new marketing materials and efforts to brand the organization.

  • Excellent Volunteer Handbook and expansion of hours with volunteer building supervisors.

  • Interesting, diverse, and remarkable quantity of programs and activities, showcased in an exceptional Program Guide

  • Opportunities for volunteers to produce videos of senior center programs to broadcast on cable TV.

  • Important stewardship of a historic building in the community.  


 

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