In 1978 the Senior Center joined Sylvania Community Services after being organized in 1974 as the Sylvania Action Interest League (SAIL), which met in a local church. The Senior Center was housed at the Burnham building in the basement from 1978 to 2002. In 2002, the senior center moved to its current location at 7140 Sylvania Avenue. This newly constructed, ADA accessible, senior friendly facility was built by the city of Sylvania and Sylvania Township.
Sylvania Community Services (SCS for short) continues to provide the staffing and management of the Sylvania Senior Center. SCS, a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency was formed in 1976 by the City of Sylvania, Sylvania Township and the Sylvania School Board.
In addition to managing Sylvania Senior Center, SCS offers one of the largest childcare programs in Sylvania, serving 300+ children per day. SCS receives in-kind support from the City of Sylvania, Sylvania Township and the Sylvania School Board.
Living in a community that provides programs and services to youth through seniors speaks highly of the quality of life in Sylvania.
“To promote healthy aging.”
Activities and facility expenses of Sylvania Senior Center are funded by: program fees; the local Sylvania City and Township Senior Levy; a grant from the Area Office on Aging that includes funds from a Title III-B grant under the Older Americans Act, State and Community Services Block Grant funds, the Lucas County Senior Services Levy, and donations to the center for its programs and services.
For more information: 419.885.3913
The Booster Club members are the backbone of our senior center. Participants, their families and community members are encouraged to become a Sylvania Senior Center Booster Club Member. The nominal membership donations are used to defray operating costs. Members enjoy a quarterly Booster Club Breakfast meeting that includes prize drawings and center updates.
The Participant Council is an organized group of Sylvania Senior Center participants who help to serve the participants as a whole by assisting the senior center in achieving its goals. Any participant currently registered at the senior center is automatically a member of the Participant Council and has voting rights. Officers are elected annually. Quarterly meetings will be held on a Friday in conjunction with the Booster Club Breakfast. Participant Council activities are varied and help raise funds for the center. For more information on meeting dates, check our calendar or call our office at 419.885.3913.
2019 Board of Directors
Jeffrey S. Langenderfer, Board President
David Borgman, Board Vice President
Progressive Therapy Alternatives
Arleen Hatcher, Board Secretary
Sylvan Elementary School
Jan Watkins, Board Treasurer
Reeb Funeral Home
Baron Black, Member-At-Large
Act Systems, Ltd.
Kathryn Fell, Member-At-Large
Retired Development Coordinator, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Neal Mahoney, Sylvania Township Trustees Representative
Jason Mishka, Member-At-Large
Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
Patrick Richardson, Sylvania City Council Representative
Gary Sommer, Member-At-Large
Heban, Sommer, Murphree
Dave Spiess, Member-At-Large
SeaGate Benefits Administrator, Inc.
Maureen Stevens, Member-At-Large
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc.
Shannon Szyperski, Sylvania Board of Education Representative