Mill Race Center is a community center for active adults located in Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana.The purpose of Mill Race Center is to develop a nationally recognized model for dynamic, comprehensive, collaborative programming for the age 50 plus population.
Construction for Mill Race Center began late in 2009 after a five year capital campaign that raised $7.8 million from more than 2300 individuals, businesses, civic groups, government entities and foundations.This website features a“virtual tour” of MRC with architectural renderings , floor and site plans, and photos documenting progress on construction of the facility, expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
Mill Race Center Inc. , formerly known as Senior Center Services of Bartholomew County, serves as the lead programming agency, and collaborates with several major partnersto provide a wide range of programs and services for older adults and their families, conveniently located under one roof. The facility is owned by the City of Columbus.Mill Race Center primarily serves Bartholomew County; however participants come from adjacent counties and beyond.
Mill Race Center values emphasize that older adults are an important and growing resource that can be engaged on behalf of the center and broader community.
Mill Race Center utilizes the Six Dimensions of Wellness as a framework for comprehensive holistic programming. The 50 Plus Senior Services Hub concept, staffed by trained Welcoming Volunteers, is designed to ensure that customers not only receive effective information and referral to programs and services at MRC, but also have an opportunity to share their skills, interests, and experience that can lead to involvement in activities, leadership roles, part-time employment and community service projects.
Many Mill Race Center Inc. staff possess ten years of experience or more, and includes a number of retirees in part-time positions.On-site staff from partner agencies .The agency is governed by a 22 member Board of Directors.
Funding for Mill Race Center programs and services come from a variety of outside sources including United Way, city and county government, foundation grants, and Older Americans Act dollars. Mill Race Center, Inc. is more than 80% self-funded through membership dues, fees for service, donations, and fundraisers.
The mission of the Mill Race Center, Inc. is to maximize opportunities for citizens over age fifty to lead independent, healthy, and meaningful lives.