On numerous occasions, executive director Nancy Clark said, the center has lost groceries because of extended power outages.

DUNDEE - The Dundee Area Senior Center staff is asking for the community’s support in purchasing an emergency generator for their facility.

On numerous occasions, executive director Nancy Clark said, the center has lost groceries because of extended power outages. One such situation a few weeks ago resulted in more than $800 worth of food lost. The center has five freezers and two large refrigerators.

While activities at the center are on hold, the center met the state’s criteria for “essential service” and is still providing pickup and homebound meals intended for senior citizens in the Dundee area.

Clark said because of the size and amount of equipment that needs reliable backup electricity, the bids for a generator powered by natural gas are coming in between $43,000 and $50,000.

That amount would be a challenge for the center even in normal circumstances but the social distancing rules relating to the coronavirus outbreak have resulted in the cancellation of public events since March 16 and are likely to do so for some time yet. That includes the bingo parties, pig roast, raffle and other fundraisers usually bring in nearly $40,000 a year for the operating budget.

They have a good start with donations so far but it will take more of an effort to be able to purchase the equipment,” said Clark.

“I am pretty sure that over the next several months, we will still be practicing social distancing and those who are over 65 will still be considered the most vulnerable and we will be encouraged to stay at home. Whatever the case may be, we want to do what is best for the senior population in our little corner of Monroe County,” she said in an appeal letter.

For more information about the project, contact Clark at 734-529-2401 or email gobluenlc47@yahoo.com. Checks or cash donations can be made to the Dundee Senior Center, 284 W. Monroe St., Dundee, MI 48131.