Discover the heart of community engagement at the Mason County Senior Activities Association (MCSAA) and its vibrant Senior Activities Center. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 1981, MCSAA has been a pillar of support for seniors in Shelton, WA, fostering independence and community involvement.
The Mason County Senior Activities Center
Situated at The Pavilion on 190 W. Sentry Drive, our 16,000 square feet facility serves as a hub for diverse programs, activities, and services. Operating from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 3 pm on Fridays, the center embodies a commitment to promoting health and wellness among seniors. Our dedicated volunteers, stationed at the front desk, exemplify the spirit of community service.
A Storied History of Growth and Commitment
Early Foundations (1976-1981)
The MCSAA traces its roots back to 1976 when it found its initial home at the corner of 2nd and Cota. In 1981, a significant milestone was reached with its incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, rendering donations tax-deductible.
Dynamic Moves and Leadership (1985-2013)
Over the years, MCSAA navigated various locations, from the old Shelton Armory to the West Realty Building. Notably, the establishment of Nifty Thrifty in 1988 marked a turning point, providing a sustainable revenue source. Leadership transitions, fundraising endeavors, and strategic moves, including the acquisition of The Pavilion in 2013, showcased MCSAA's resilience.
Dedicated leaders like Marge Emsley-Brown, Pat Babnick, Cheryl McCoy, Karen Popke, Fred Corbett, Terri Shaw, and others played pivotal roles in steering MCSAA through challenges. Their tenures saw strategic purchases, fundraising successes, and the ultimate acquisition of The Pavilion.
Nifty Thrifty: A Community Gem
The success of Nifty Thrifty, MCSAA's thrift store, under the leadership of Patti Vernie, garnered local recognition. Voted "The Best of Mason County," its innovative approach to marketing and online sales highlighted the impact of strategic leadership.
Achievements and Recognition
Renovation Grant (2016)
In 2016, MCSAA received a renovation grant from the State of Washington, leading to significant improvements in the main hall, dance floor, and HVAC systems.
Chamber of Commerce Accolades (2016-2021)
Nifty Thrifty's consecutive wins as "The Best of Mason County" and the 2021 Chamber of Commerce nomination for "Best Non-Profit" underscore the lasting impact of MCSAA's contributions to the community.
Recent Challenges and Resilience (2023)
Facing adversity in 2023, when an arsonist targeted Nifty Thrifty, MCSAA showcased resilience. Through insurance and a Disaster Relief grant, the thrift store emerged stronger than ever, a testament to the organization's ability to overcome challenges.
Looking ahead, MCSAA continues its commitment to community welfare. New initiatives, including the Senior Nutrition Program, reflect the organization's proactive stance in addressing evolving community needs.
The Mason County Senior Activities Association stands as a beacon of community support, fostering a sense of belonging and well-being among seniors. With a rich history, dedicated leadership, and a commitment to innovation, MCSAA remains at the forefront of community engagement, ready to meet the evolving needs of Shelton's seniors. Explore the warmth of community at MCSAA, where every chapter is marked by resilience, compassion, and a shared commitment to a brighter future.