Seniors in Fountain Hills have a lot of activities to choose from, thanks in part to organizations like Encore for More and grants from the Fountain Hills Community Foundation.

“Grant money allows us to dedicate our time and resources to running the programs instead of running around holding fundraisers and other events, Treasurer Rose Gonsoulin, said. “That’s important for groups of our size because we don’t have a lot of people. We can write a grant instead of using our time and resources to put on an event.”

Encore for More was established in 1990. Their programs and activities include Technology Learning Center (TLC), Bingo, the Speakers Bureau, New Adventures, Home Delivered Meals, Give-A-Lift, and the Medical Equipment Loaning Program.

Last year, the organization divided FHCF funding between the Speaker’s Bureau, New Adventures, and Bingo. New Adventures offers day trips throughout the Valley which include transportation, lunch, and venue entry. Bingo, one of Encore’s most successful and consistently attended programs, is held every Tuesday at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The Speaker’s Bureau features speakers which have local and historical interest in Arizona and the Southwest.

For example, as part of Flutter ’24 festivities, speaker John Mack will be talking about the history of Four Peaks. His presentation, entitled “Scaling the Heights: A Human History of the Four Peaks” will take place April 12 at 3:00 pm in Fountain Park’ amphitheater. The event is free to the public and no registration is required.

Encore for More also maintains an “as needed” volunteer list to provide assistance for other Fountain Hills events, such as Flutter at the Fountain.

“We have a great volunteer list of people who want to do things occasionally,” Rose said. “Some people want to participate in the community but don’t want to join a board or help at an event. It’s a great way for them to socialize.”

Individuals interested in becoming involved with Encore for More can submit a volunteer form on the organization’s website. Those interested in being added to an “as needed” volunteer email list can contact Gail Pape (gailpape87@gmail.com).