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The Iowa City Senior Center has released its September 2021 program calendar, and it includes both virtual and in-person classes and events for the upcoming month. Registration for Sep … Read More

Date: September 01, 2021

Friends of The Center is seeking volunteer leaders interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Through fundraising and community-based initiatives, Friends of The Center supports The Center in its work to enrich the community and improve the quality of life for adults over 50.

If you or someone you know is passionate about helping … Read More

Date: January 07, 2020

Jessi, Development Specialist

Jessi Simon is a part-time staff member at The Center who works in close liaison with donors and community sponsors that choose to support Friends of The Center. She was born and raised in the Iowa City area and is passionate about philanthropy and helping others to live a healthy, active and fulfilling life at all ages and stages. It is he … Read More

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Date: August 06, 2019

Art Auction

The Center hosted our first Art Auction on Friday, September 27, 2019 which featured a variety of work donated by two local artists, Linda D. Brown and the late John “Big John” Birkbeck. The event gathered community members to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a dessert bar, and complimentary beer and cider samples from Big Gro … Read More

Tags:Art Auction

Date: October 10, 2019


The Iowa City Senior Center is pleased to announce the installation of the Simple & Free: Pantry Exchange which will utilize a familiar, compelling concept to assist those with food insecurity. Studies show that older adults are at a higher risk of being food insecure and the Simple & Free: Pantry Exchange now offers a … Read More

Tags:Pantry Exchange, Donate

Date: February 01, 2019

Welcome New Center Coordinator, LaTasha DeLoach

On July 17, 2018, the City of Iowa City announced that LaTasha DeLoach has been hired to serve as the new coordinator of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. LaTasha has worked for Johnson County Social Services for the past 10 years, most recently serving as Community Projects Specialist. She has a Master of Social Work degree from … Read More


Date: August 15, 2018

Friends of The Center

As many of you know, Friends of The Center was established as an I.R.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2003 when The Center’s longstanding funding streams began to change. Until then, Iowa City and Johnson County provided 80% and 20% of The Center’s operational funding respectively. The Center didn’t have a fundraisin … Read More

Tags:Thank You, Fall Appeal, Strong Future

Date: April 20, 2018

Happy Trails from Linda Kopping

After 23 years of service, I am retiring effective Friday, April 27.

I started as the Senior Center’s program specialist in 1995 and a year later I transitioned to the coordinator position. Someone asked me the other day what kind of changes have taken place since I started. My response was, “everything.”

Th … Read More

Tags:Coordinator, Retirement, History, Thank You

Date: April 06, 2018

Photo of two Senior Center members holding a sign that says thank you

The most recent fiscal year-end fundraising returns for Friends of The Center show a continuation of the upward trend that began two years ago, when the Senior Center was asked by the City to increase the revenue it contributes to its yearly budget.

A renewed effort on fundraising – and the generosity of Center members, friends a … Read More

Tags:Fundraising, Endowment

Date: January 01, 2018

Photo of Senior Center member smiling in computer lab

After more than a year of planning, construction and content creation, a brand-new website for Friends of The Center is online and open for business at As Senior Center Coordinator and Friends Board of Directors secretary/treasurer Linda Kopping explains, the new s … Read More

Tags:New Website, Online Giving

Date: December 31, 2017