Shipley Center is a place of friendship, recreation and education for seniors and older adults within the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, and beyond. With over 1800 members we provide 140 hours of activities each week, and offer over 120 trips annually to local and international destinations. These activities include exercise and health focused classes to help improve and maintain health and wellness as we age. We also offer educational classes such as art, foreign language, computer, fiber arts, Ukulele, photography, and more to provide opportunities for life long learning. Shipley Center also provides fun and recreational activities that help build friendships such as bridge, bingo, potlucks, ping pong, tap dance, and social events around holidays. We pride ourselves in supporting our members, and community members, with a place to belong as we age, which is so important in helping people transition through life's many challenges, including the loss of a spouse and friends. Loneliness is one of main contributors to declining health and wellbeing as we age, Shipley Center helps our members beat loneliness and provides the opportunity to stay active and connected.
We also provide our members and community members with meaningful volunteer opportunities. This is a great way for them to not only feel connected, but that they are giving back to the community with a sense of purpose. Often times these volunteer opportunities benefit many within our community. For example, our fiber arts group produces over 5,000 items each year for local charities serving homeless veterans, cancer patients, NICU babies, the local Boys and Girls club, etc. Our benefit sale volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours each year, knowing that this large fundraiser will not only benefit Shipley Center, but also local graduating HS seniors in the form of scholarships, as Shipley Center donates over 10% of the proceeds to at least two graduating seniors.
We also partner with other local agencies to provide opportunities for them to deliver their much needed services to our community, even to those who are not seniors. We work closely with the local Olympic Community Action Program to provide a location for their congregate nightly meal for seniors and their guests. Each year we host the AARP Tax-Aide program in partnership with the local AARP Tax-Aide volunteers to help moderate to low income community members get their taxes professionally prepared for free. Shipley Center partners with Olympic Area Agency on Aging's Senior Information and Assistance program to host the weekly Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors, who provide free assistance to seniors in selecting insurance options for their Medicare supplements and Part D.
Shipley Center has a diverse and strong impact on our community as a whole.
I was unemployed and my self-esteem was very, very low. I was doing volunteer work, but felt I needed to be on a learning path. That's when I heard about the Ukulele Class at Shipley Center. As I was able to use the provided Activity Bucks for the class fee, I could buy an inexpensive, but decent, ukulele. I knew nothing about ukuleles, however the volunteer instructor taught us everything we needed to know!
Being a part of the Ukulele Class has many benefits, and I have made some good friends. It picked me up mentally as I became more confident in my playing. With my confidence renewed , I found a permanent part time job a few months after starting the class! As a Shipley Center member, which for me is provided by the Healthy Aging For All program, I am able enjoy many other activities, events and resources provided at the center. My everlasting thanks to Shipley Center, the donors and foundations for this gift! -Jean Kelley
I often drive from Port Townsend to the Shipley Center because of the extraordinary variety of activities offered. I especially enjoy going in our comfortable bus on day trips to plays, gardens, boat cruises, and to venues such as the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Center, and Pike Place Market. I'm also pleased that we can sign-up for 3-4 day regional excursions, and even quite economical oversees vacations. - Dr. Bonnie Fritz
I became a member nearly 3 years ago at the urging of a friend who was starting to learn an activity offered at Shipley Center. I so enjoyed learning this new activity that not only did I join, but I also eventually volunteered to teach the class and lead the activity. I enjoy lifelong learning, it is so important to staying healthy, and I get to do this at Shipley Center while meeting new friends. -Dianne Whitaker
I come to Shipley Center to play cribbage to exercise the mind, I play Ping Pong to exercise the body, and I meet new friends along the way! -Stuart Mackenzie
There are lots of activities and trips offered at Shipley Center. It's a great place to meet new friends and get together to have fun doing something you enjoy. -Fred Chan
The mission of Shipley Center is to enrich the lives of adults through social, health, and fitness activities, trips, educational classes, low-income housing opportunities, and referrals to community resources.