North Suburban Senior Council dissolving

District 623 to take over fundraising responsibilities for senior programs

Joshua Nielsen
Review staff

After 37 years of operation, the North Suburban Senior Council (NSSC) is transitioning to become a fully integrated part of Roseville Area School District.

Established in 1975, the NSSC has operated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and has provided advice and financial support for the Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) operated by District 623 through its Community Education Program.

“When the Senior Council started school districts were not allowed to operate as nonprofits,” co-president of the NSSC Roger Toogood explains.

Due to recent legal changes, Roseville Schools can operate as a nonprofit and do its own fundraising for RASP, which Toogood said will be much more efficient. NSSC Treasurer Dian Gardner wants seniors to rest easy and know that NSSC supported programs many area seniors rely on like Meals on Wheels, the Senior Shuttlebug Bus, Medical Rides, the North Suburban Chorus, the Senior Center and Roseville Gift & Craft Shoppe will remain intact.

“There will be no changes to programs during this transition, senior programs will be as strong as ever,” she said.

Gardner said the new structure under RASP will be more streamlined and will be better suited to effectively serve more people through its programs.  A new advisory committee is also being established to further the needs of area seniors.

All the money raised by the NSSC will go directly to RASP after the soon-to-be dissolved nonprofit pays its final expenses, which Gardner said would be minimal.

The NSSC is expected to legally dissolve as a 501 (c)(3) by the end of December. Donors should expect to receive mailings directly from RASP instead of the NSSC. Since its creation in 1975, the NSSC with the community’s support has donated over $900,000 to senior programs. 

According to a 2012 RASP Activities and Volunteer Report, in 2011-2012 RASP served 2,055 individual older adults, had enrollment of 694 people in educational groups and classes, delivered 22,387 meals, gave 3,708 free shuttle rides and had 673 volunteers serve 23,000 hours.

Gardner said the NSSC has seen a decline in volunteers in the past few years, which along with donations are essential to the success of RASP.

Anyone interested in supporting the senior programs should call the RASP office at 651-604-3520.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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