Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Community Thread?
Community Thread is a community-supported nonprofit that strengthens local neighborhoods. We leverage resources and volunteers to improve the quality of life of adults and their families. We do this by providing services aimed at older adults, particularly those desiring to live independently. Our name symbolizes our belief that each act of service is a thread that ties people, communities and lives together.
Q: Is this the Senior Center?
Yes. Both the Stillwater and Bayport Senior Centers are part of the Senior and Adult Services of Community Thread. We have other Senior and Adult Services: Transportation and Chore Services. We also offer volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Center.
Q: Do I need to live in Stillwater or Bayport to attend events and programs at these locations?
No, anyone from any community in the valley may join us at either location.
Q: I’m not a senior citizen. May I still attend events and programs at these locations?
Yes, please join us! We do not receive federal funding and therefore are not limited by age restrictions. Our Volunteer Center serves people of all ages. Families, individuals, employees and students participate in our signature service initiatives. These events engage nearly 1000 volunteers while serving older adults needing help to live independently and families experiencing financial hardship during the holidays.
Q: How can I get a copy of your newsletter and calendar mailed to me?
Call us at 651-439-7434, or stop in to either location. You may also go to the bottom of this page and click on the Subscribe box by The Connector to receive a printed newsletter at your home.
Q: Do you accept donations of household items?
We accept greeting cards that are “recycled” and sold to benefit our programs. We are unable to accept religious cards, as our facility is nondenominational.
We also accept gently-used jewelry, fashion scarves and handbags for our annual sale to benefit older adult programming.
Q: What area do you serve?
It depends on the service. Call us to see if you are eligible. For the Senior Centers, we serve anyone of any age in the St. Croix Valley. You do not need to live in a certain community to enjoy the amenities of the senior center programs.
Q: Is there a membership fee?
We do not charge a membership fee. Most of our programs are made available at no cost. Some activities that require outside instructors (such as cooking classes, aerobics and safe driver classes) have a fee. You can go here (calendar) to see which activities are free and which charge a fee.
Q: Where does your funding come from?
We do not receive federal or state funding. Every year, we need to raise the funds for our entire budget. About half our funding comes from area foundations. The remaining half of our funding comes from United Way of Washington County–East, municipalities, businesses and faith-based organizations and individual donations. We rely on all of these sources, including our participants, to support and fund our programs and services. You can read more in our annual reports and financial reports here.
Q: Do you offer gym equipment or public computers?
No, we do not offer these amenities because there are other places in our community that offer them, such as Stillwater or Bayport Public libraries, River Valley Athletic Club, or Stillwater Fitness.
Q: Can you help me find a volunteer opportunity?
There are three easy ways we can help you: search Community Thread Connect for an opportunity, call the Volunteer Center staff at 651-439-7434 and ask them to help you find a volunteer opportunity that interests you, or stop in and staff will help you find an exciting opportunity that matches your interests.
Q: What if I need to complete community service hours?
Community Thread works with many nonprofit organizations that may have volunteer opportunities to meet your needs. Please search Community Thread Connect for volunteer opportunities, or call the Volunteer Center at 651-439-7434. We will try to help you find the most appropriate opportunity to help fulfill your responsibility.
Q: What else happens at Community Thread?
Community Thread provides these main programs: Chore Services, Senior Centers, Transportation, and Volunteer Center. Community Thread’s Senior Centers offer opportunities for older adults to enrich their learning, socialize, and stay engaged in their community. Through our Transportation Program, we provide volunteer drivers who transport older adults to medical appointments, and our Chore Services volunteers help older adults remain safely in their own homes by assisting with home maintenance tasks. Community Thread’s Volunteer Center connects people to meaningful volunteer opportunities and supports local organizations seeking volunteers. Through our Volunteer Center, we host a variety of events throughout the year: Holiday Hope, Rake a Difference Day, Spring into Service, River Rally, and Connect the Dots.
Q: Why don’t more people know about Community Thread?
We try hard to tell everyone what happens here, but often people don’t know about us until they need us. You can help us spread the word by telling your friends and family about Community Thread or by experiencing the difference we make in people’s lives by volunteering with us.
Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Community Thread’s Volunteer Center can help find volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages. We have many opportunities for family and group volunteering where age limits are not a problem. For younger volunteers, adult supervision may be required. If you’re interested in volunteering, call us and we’ll help you find the right volunteer experience for your age and abilities!