About the Foundation

Who We Are

The Active Aging Foundation was established to raise funds to support the programs and services of Active Aging, Inc. As an area agency on aging, Active Aging, Inc. receives the bulk of its funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through allocations of the State Lottery Funds, but it was recognized early on that the development of additional funds derived from other sources would be necessary in order for Active Aging, Inc. to fulfill its mission. In fact, the raising of additional funds was seen as critical in enabling the agency to keep pace with the highest level and quality of services and facilities needed to meet the needs of current, elderly Crawford County residents and those that would call Crawford County their home in the future. With the tightening of state and federal support, the ever increasing numbers of senior citizens within the County and the physical properties that must be maintained and/or updated from time to time, the raising of additional funds from other sources has become more critical than ever before.

The Active Aging Foundation was incorporated in 1994 to provide support and assistance to advance the mission, interest and goals of Active Aging, Inc. The Foundation’s first major project was the acquisition of property around the Active Aging, Inc. headquarters located at 1034 Park Avenue in Meadville Pennsylvania for future expansion of that facility and to provide additional parking area.

The next project was the actual expansion of their headquarters that included a two-story addition and renovations of the existing Community Center of Crawford County building. The Foundation owns and maintains the Lew Davies Community Building which provides offices to Active Aging, Inc. for assessment/care management, administration, the Meadville Senior Center and the Community Center of Crawford County, which is made available for rent to the general public.

The Foundation raises money mainly through special event activities and donations from individuals and businesses. Some of our special events include our weekly Wednesday night Bingo Game along with a special, One-Price Bingo Game the first Friday night of each month; our annual Golf Outing which is held the third Tuesday in July each year; our Saint Patrick’s Day themed “Winnin’ of the Green” Reverse Raffle held the Saturday night before Saint Patrick’s Day each March; our Instant Ticket Booth at the Crawford County Fair in August of each year; and many one-day Trips and multi-day Tours that are scheduled at various times throughout the year to offer great travel destinations not only for seniors but are also open for the general public to join us.

The Foundation also owns and operates the Community Center of Crawford County which offers rental space and on-site professional catering services available for individuals and businesses for wedding receptions, seminars, banquets, business meetings, private parties and special events.

Some of the other fundraising projects that the Foundation sponsors are the Golfer Passkey Card, which gives the purchaser free rounds of golf at local area courses; the Tree of Giving Program, which provides an opportunity for individuals or groups to honor or memorialize family members, friends or associates; and special-needs campaigns to support specific events or undertakings like the construction of new Senior Centers.

The Active Aging Foundation operates under the management of the Development Director, the Executive Director of Active Aging, Inc. and a volunteer board of directors who sets policy and assists in the development of fundraising opportunities. The Foundation’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. (Registration does not imply endorsement.)
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The “Tree of Giving” program is a formalized gift program that allows you as a donor the discretion to honor or memorialize a loved one, friend or community leader. Our cast bronze recognition tree provides you with a beautiful, quality image to use to honor someone’s hard work or achievement, or remember a special personal event or anniversary or as an everlasting memorial for a loved one. As a donor, you could also place your name on a leaf to signify that you recognize and support the importance of the services provided by Active Aging, Inc. and understand that there will be an ever-increasing need for these services in the future.
We invite you to participate in our “Tree of Giving” gift program. This is an on-going and permanent gift program. The “Tree of Giving” includes brass leaves and three different size brass stones that can be engraved to your desire. Our Foundation staff would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your giving options and design a payment schedule to help meet your goals and needs.


The Active Aging Foundation is currently developing the rules and guidelines that will be used to initiate and manage their Endowment Funds. Traditionally, an endowment is made up of funds that are restricted as to how and when they may be used, and typically only the interest generated from the investment of these funds is spent while maintaining the principal for future investment. By maintaining the funds that were originally donated and using only the earned interest to help meet the goals and mission of the Foundation, donors who make an endowment gift know that their generous support will not only help today, but for many years to come.
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Is the Active Aging Foundation in your will? Bequests are often a significant source of financial support for charitable organizations, and the Active Aging Foundation would be honored to be the recipient of your thoughtful generosity. Your gift to the Active Aging Foundation will help ensure the Foundation’s strength and ability to provide support for the programs and services offered by Active Aging, Inc. for the senior citizens who make Crawford County their home. As you formalize your personal estate plans, please consider including the Active Aging Foundation in your charitable giving plans.

Golf Outing

The Active Aging Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Scramble is normally held on the third Tuesday of July at the Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course on Route 19 in Venango, PA. Click here for more information.

Go Fund Me

Pets make a big difference in our lives and so can you!  The immense joy, comfort and love that our 4-legged family members provide us on a daily basis is immeasurable.  For a homebound older person, it can literally mean the difference between living life and simply existing.   As we all know, most pet owners will do anything to tend to their pets’ needs, including sharing their meals with their pets.  With the advent of new state regulations on the meals provided to senior citizens through Active Aging’s Home-Delivered Meals program, seniors now receive meals with reduced calorie counts.  If they would continue to share their home-delivered meals with their pets, they could end up depriving themselves of important nutrients and vital calories needed to maintain their health and well-being. Please help us to raise the $1,000 per month that it takes to fund this program.

We know that many seniors will share their meals with their pets for a variety of reasons, including their lack of funds to buy an adequate amount of pet food each month.  By supporting these seniors with a supplemental supply of pet food to help them maintain their pet’s nutritional needs, we have found that the senior’s nutritional needs are also being met because they are now eating all of their Home Delivered Meals without feeling the need to share their meals with their pet.

When a senior citizen diverts their food and other resources to care for the health of their beloved pet, they are putting their own health at risk.  Whenever a family member’s health is in decline, whether it is a senior citizen or their furry companion, the questions of who will help and how that help will be provided need to be answered and answered quickly to avoid more serious problems from developing.

Over the past 2 years, Active Aging has worked diligently with a pet food manufacturer and local grocery stores to ensure that seniors who receive home-delivered meals and own pets would also receive nutritious pet food.  By doing so, those seniors would not have to put their own nutritional needs at risk just to feed and care for their pet.

At no time were any funds that were budgeted for senior citizen programs and services used to provide pet food.  Independent donations were used to sustain this program.  However, the 2-year commitment of donated pet food is coming to an end and is not being renewed.  To continue this valuable initiative, we need your help.  By making a donation now, you will make it possible for us to continue to provide nutritious pet food.  You will be ensuring that both the pet and their senior owner are receiving the nutrition that they both need.  You will be making a big difference in the lives of those who need your generosity.

To participate please visit, Pets and Seniors Need You to Deliver or contact the Foundation at 814-336-1792.

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Reverse Raffles

LET THE FUN BEGIN! The “Winnin’ of the Green” Reverse Raffle is held at the Community Center of Crawford County located in the Lew Davies Community Building, 1034 Park Ave., Meadville, PA on the Saturday of, or right before Saint Patrick’s Day each year. The Active Aging Foundation sponsors this annual fundraiser to benefit Active Aging, Inc. and the services that they offer for senior citizens in Crawford County.

Tickets for the “Winnin’ of the Green” Reverse Raffle go on sale in February each year and are available for couples or as a single guest. Each admission ticket includes a chance on the grand prize board, a free $2.00 side-board ticket, mixers and munchies and a buffet dinner. As always, this is a BYOB event for those 21 or older. Doors open at 5:00 PM along with additional side-board sales and gaming opportunities, including special games & prizes.

Only a limited number of tickets are sold each year, and seating is limited. If you would like to attend our “Winnin’ of the Green” Reverse Raffle or have a group that would like to have a great night out together, we suggest that you buy your tickets early to avoid being left out of all the fun & excitement. Traditionally, this event does sell out in advance. For additional information and to make arrangements to purchase tickets, please call the Foundation office at (814) 336-1792 or (800) 321-7705. To view information on our currently scheduled “Winnin’ of The Green” Reverse Raffle, please click here.

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Trips & Tours

The Active Aging Foundation sponsors various fund raisers that provide support for the programs and services offered by Active Aging, Inc. for the Senior Citizens of Crawford County.  One of our most popular offerings is the numerous one-day bus trips & multi-day tours that are available to the general public and travelers of all ages throughout the year.  Plan to join us as we visit many different destinations of both local and international flavor.  For additional information and to make reservations, please call the Foundation office at (814) 336-1792 or (800) 321-7705.

To view information on our currently scheduled Trips & Tours, please CLICK HERE.

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Bingo is a game that can be played and enjoyed by everyone and today’s bingo games are not like the ones you might have played years ago – they are bigger & better with more excitement and fun for everyone!

The Active Aging Foundation sponsors a weekly bingo game that is played every Wednesday night and a monthly game that is played on the first Friday night of each month along with other special games that are scheduled at various times throughout the year. The Active Aging Foundation Bingo has won the local “People’s Choice Award” for “Best Bingo” in both 2012 and 2013 and we are always planning & doing our best to continue to be the “Best Bingo” in the area.

At our weekly Wednesday night game, the doors open at 4:30PM and the games get started at 6:30PM. We offer an all-paper format with complete admission packets starting at $20.00 for a 6-card face booklet all the way up to an unlimited card face packet for $50.00. All of our packets include all of your games for the night; early-birds, regular games and all Jackpot games. We offer big payouts on all of our games and guarantee that all 4 of our regular Jackpot games will be won each night. The only game not in your packet is our Bonanza Game and our “5 for $5.00” Jugs which both offer additional chances for you to win big!

At our monthly Friday night game, the doors open at 4:44PM and the games get started at 7:04PM. Our Friday night game is our “One-Price-Play-All-You-Want” special game. For $40.00 you can play all of the card faces that you would like and your packets include all games for the night; early-birds, regular games and all Jackpot games. We offer big payouts on all of our games and guarantee that all 4 of our regular Jackpot games will be won at our Friday night Game. The only special not in your packet at our Friday night games is our “4 for $4.00” Jugs which are guaranteed to be won that night.

If you’re looking for a great night out with family & friends, then a night at one of our bingo games just may be your ticket to a night of fun & excitement for everyone. For additional information, please call the Foundation office at (814) 336-1792 or (800) 321-7705.
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