We Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

I was recently asked this question: “How can we ask our members to renew their membership when the COVID-19 outbreak has affected our programming?”

My answer: “How can we not ask?”

In this time of great national difficulty, the BAS staff and board of directors understand what you and every member is dealing with at this time. Individually, our staff is going through the same challenges. We recognize that in addition to the stress of the situation, not having your activities, programs, workouts and connection to your BAS community is something you have missed.

Along with the personal toll the virus has taken on individuals and families, the pandemic’s impact has shaken nearly all sectors of American economic life, and member-based organizations like BAS are no exception.

When we were fully open, we were here for you. And now that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our lives, we need your support more than ever. BAS is a nonprofit organization, one that is reliant on multiple funding sources to operate. One of those sources is member dues. Money collected by BAS isn’t retained in a reserve fund but is forwarded elsewhere to pay for printing, waste management, supplies, program expenses and insurance, among other fixed essential expenses.

We operate on a zero-based budget. Our expenses will continue through the COVID-19 pandemic and for years after. The pandemic has even required BAS to buy more supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer, and conduct extra cleanings of common areas.

My confidence in the value of BAS membership is unwavering. We hope your support for BAS is steadfast, too. Here are some of the benefits of membership:

  • BAS provides substantial value for only $30/40 a year.
  • My team has been relentless in researching and providing timely, relevant information to help members survive and move forward.
  • We produce the Silver Notes newsletter each month.
  • We offer classes in person at the Center.
  • We provide daily meals for more than 100 people.
  • We offer programs virtually that you can participate in from the safety of your home when it is convenient for you.
  • We’re exploring ways to offer additional programs in a safe and healthy manner.
  • Whether in the past or today, Broken Arrow Seniors staff and board remain laser-focused on meeting the needs of and advocating for older adults and our community as a whole.
  • We are still proceeding with an additional building – pandemic or not – that will significantly add to your overall membership experience.

We are not offering pool, dominoes, cards, paper crafting or ukulele. And we have members who decided to no longer support BASC for that reason. For those individuals, I think their view of BASC was of a building that housed their activity – not a community of older adults.

We are operating this respected organization and moving it forward every day. We didn’t stop when COVID hit. And we haven’t stopped delivering on our mission promise.

We didn’t take a time out, and you shouldn’t either.

Your dues don’t support a building or a structure. Your financial contribution, or lack thereof, impacts the community that is made up of more than 2,000 adults over the age of 55.

We were here for you in March. We need you to be here for BAS in October and every month after. Here’s what some of our members had to day about why they support BASC.

Betty Eubanks was quick to point out the reason why she continues her membership and attends exercise classes: “I want to keep on living! If I want to keep on living, I’ve got to keep moving, and the Senior Center helps me do just that. Where else can seniors go to feel safe and be comfortable?” Betty added when asked why her ongoing support of the Center was important: “I want to be with people my own age when I exercise, and the Center is the only place that offers senior-specific exercise. I want the Center to continue to be there in the future for me and other seniors. The only way that can happen is with my support.”

Cecil Jones said: “When we were at the Center every day, we used to talk among ourselves about how lucky we were to have the facility, and we still look forward to when the pool room doors are open. I see the stats in the news just like everyone else, and I know it’s not a safe time for seniors to gather in the pool room. But we look forward to getting back, and I will continue to support the organization – even though pool isn’t offered right now – so when it’s safe, we can return.”

Patricia Finner said: “I appreciate what the Center is doing right now to keep members of the Center safe. By offering safe activities and following guidelines, the Center is looking out for people’s well-being. I think it is irresponsible for people to not pay their dues and support the organization because the Center is only offering limited services. The Center’s expenses have continued during this time as well. The annual dues are less expensive than one round of golf or one nice lunch. The Center is truly a bargain for the best services. The social environment and comfortable setting that the Center provides is wonderful. I can be with people that have similar interests and are the same age and background. The Center offerings are unmatched in this area. I want the organization to continue its mission, and the only way that can happen is with our continued financial support.”