Funds sought to buy new bus for Taylor seniors

The City of Taylor’s Department of Senior Services has launched a series of fund-raising efforts to purchase a new bus for senior transportation.

The William Ford Senior Activity Center is selling memorial brick pavers and McDonald’s restaurant value books and plans to sell Dearborn Hams at Easter time. A spaghetti dinner fund-raiser is scheduled for March 28.

The center is selling raffle tickets for a handmade “military-theme” quilt, stain glass art pieces and an oil painting. In addition, the center is accepting monetary donations toward the purchase of a new bus.

Taylor has a large and active senior population. Many seniors shop locally for goods and services using the senior center’s city-owned bus as their only means of transportation.

The current 25-passenger senior bus owned by the city is more than 11 years old and has in excess of 102,000 miles on the odometer. It has no radio and has heating and cooling problems.

“We want to provide Taylor’s seniors with a safe and comfortable ride,” said Fred Pischke, director of Senior Services in the City of Taylor. “A new bus would better enable us to do that.”

Although the center receives financial assistance for certain programs, the cost of upgrading the current bus is not a covered expense. Donations from the community will enable the Senior Services Department to purchase a new bus and continue providing Taylor’s seniors with much needed transportation.

A new bus would increase the seating capacity to 30 and enable more seniors to take advantage of trips offered by the department.

“The size of the old bus has us turning people away,” said Lori Runkle, event coordinator at the senior center. “A larger bus would make everyone happier.”

The Ford Senior Center is located at 6750 Troy, west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road. For more information, call the Senior Services Department at (313) 291-7740.