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Journey to Belvedere

From the doorstep of 1180 Pepsi Place to our property on Belvedere Boulevard is about two miles. If we laid our campaign out on the map, you would see that we’ve reached the ¼-mile mark in our journey from the Senior Center to the Center at Belvedere!

With the support of generous philanthropists, the campaign for the Center at Belvedere has reached the one-quarter mark in funding (including gifts, pledges, and the value of the Pepsi Place facility). While we still have a long way to go, we are encouraged by the new energy and increased momentum both for our Center and for the important message that aging is a critical issue in our community.

Research proves that programming such as ours—centered on holistic wellness—promotes longer, healthier, happier lives. The Center needs not just more space, but space that is more functional, tailored to keep up with healthy aging best practices learned over the last 20 years.

The Charlottesville community is known for its generosity and foresightedness. Projects like the Paramount Theatre and Martha Jefferson Hospital took millions of dollars and 10 or more years to complete – and they got done. So will the Center at Belvedere, with your help and the continued support of our community.

HOW WILL WE GET THERE? One step at a time. By sharing the message. By building partnerships. By engaging philanthropists at every level who recognize the transformational power of healthy aging. By taking care of the resources we already have. By continuing to be a resource for holistic wellness programming to keep our friends and family happy, healthy, and independent.

CAN YOU HELP? Definitely. There are many ways you can help support our Center today and our community’s vision for the future Center at Belvedere – from spreading the word about the importance of healthy aging to considering your own personal philanthropic commitments.

As Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We are well on our way.

Steps You Can Take


Visit the Senior Center or explore our Senior Center, Inc. website, to learn more about the programs offered at our local award-winning Senior Center and its impact on the greater Charlottesville community.  Sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletter at the bottom of this webpage.

Visit websites like these to see the positive influence that senior centers can have on aging well in general: National Institute of Senior Centers and National Center for Creative Aging. 


Invite friends and family to visit the Senior Center and try out a program. Forward interesting articles about aging well, or post them on Facebook. Talk about the importance of healthy aging for our lives and our communities. Tell your friends, family, coworkers and public officials why healthy aging matters to you.

Tell us your “Senior Center Story.” We would love to hear about the difference our center has made in your life. Send your story to our staff by clicking on “email us” at the bottom of this webpage.


Personal philanthropy can take many forms. You can become a Senior Center volunteer and use your knowledge and skills at the Center or in our community. You could help the Center with the fundraising activities that keep the doors open and the programs running each and every day. You can support the Senior Center with a donation to the operating fund, a specific project or a special gift to the campaign for the Center at Belvedere. 

To discuss these or other opportunities for philanthropy, contact philanthropy director Kirstin Fritz at 434.974.7756 or via .