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Welcome to Branch County Commission on Aging (BCCOA). BCCOA was created by a resolution of the Branch County Board of Commissioners in 1974. It has been housed at the H. & C. Burnside Senior Center since 2002 and aims to provide services, activities, and programming for Branch County residents aged 50 and over.

The building is easily accessible for all older adults with its one-floor design. The open atrium reflects a warm, welcoming atmosphere where patrons are greeted by one of Burnside Center's many volunteers. The greeter is ready to answer questions, provide directions to a class, or assist with programs information. The north wing (activity wing) hosts most of the programs and includes two pool tables, the library, three activity rooms, and the wood shop. In the south wing, you will find the Grahl Room where lectures and meetings are held, most of the staff offices, two exercise rooms, and the craft room. The east wing holds the computer lab, clinic, and dining area. Parking is available in both the front and back of the building.

The Center is designed for older adults; they are encouraged to come and spend time visiting, learning, volunteering, and/or just enjoying themselves as they share their day with friends. There is no enrollment fee for the Center.

The building is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The building is closed on weekends and during recognized holiday times.

A bimonthly calendar of scheduled activities, listing of upcoming trips, congregate meal menus, etc. are printed in Burnside's newsletter, Burnside Buzz. Other marketing events can be found in The Daily Reporter newspaper, on the radio, and on cable TV, as well as in the reception area at the Center.


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