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ORGANIZATION: Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank

  • 7 people are interested

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Hi, my name is SJ and I am reaching out to friends of Pike Place Market. I just started working on program expansion at Pike Market Senior Center. What I am learning is incredible. The history of the Market, the community and the strongholds of care that have been built into the culture of the country’s oldest farmers market are amazing.

I live just up the hill and I am so excited to have been chosen to do this work. The ability to work in the community I live in is a great privilege. Seattle is a tough place right now. Downtown is suffering. And, I still love it so much. Visiting Pike Place Market has brought great joy to my life for over 30 years.

12.5% of Seattle is living in poverty; 24% in the Pike Place neighborhood.

The disparity is stark and it is growing. This is a daily reality for most of our members. Our members come to us from a wide variety of experiences. Most of them are dealing with social isolation and lacking in feelings of community.

A great uniting force is activity and shared experience. Community building can happen in a short conversation or a kind gesture. Older adults live throughout Downtown Seattle as residents of Pike Place Market and other subsidized apartment buildings. Pike Market Senior Center is expanding programming to reach all of them. They deserve care and they deserve our attention.

We recently surveyed a group of Senior Center members to get their ideas about future programming. They expressed interest in a wide variety of activities and subjects. Currently, we are recruiting volunteers to lead and support new programs. Activities include social, creative, educational, fitness & health, and support groups, such as:

  • Guest Speakers: local history, arts, music, any + all!
  • Creative aging
  • Computer + technology
  • Writing + journaling
  • Languages
  • Dancing - salsa, line, tango, folk, ballroom, any + all!
  • Card games
  • Karaoke
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Strength + balance,
  • Meditation
  • Drawing, painting, watercolor, crafts
  • Book + movie club
  • Support Groups: diabetes, smoking cessation, management of chronic illness

This is what our members have shared with us about what they would like to see at their senior center! We are open and eager to hear about the skills, talents, and passions that you can bring to the table.

Sarah Jane Durkee
Program Expansion

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About Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank


85 PIKE ST STE 200, SEATTLE, WA 98101, US

Mission Statement

In downtown Seattle, the Pike Market Senior Center strives to make each day better and safer for older adults; the Pike Market Food Bank serves people of all ages who face hunger. Together, we provide services, activities, and support that lead to more self sufficient and fulfilling lives.


The Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank is located in the historic Pike Place Market. We have been serving our neighbors in the heart of Seattle since 1978.

The Senior Center serves people age 55 and up. Membership is free and there are no fees for meals, services or regular activities. While people from all walks of life are members of PMSC, we are pioneers in offering senior center programming to elders who are homeless.

The Food Bank serves people of any age, offering free groceries, ready-to-eat food for clients experiencing homelessness, and home delivery for qualified residents of Downtown Seattle. We serve 800 in-person grocery clients weekly and distribute over 300 grocery deliveries.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


85 Pike Street#200Seattle, WA 98101



  • Visual Arts
  • Music Arts
  • Dance
  • Theater Arts
  • Photography
  • History


  • People 55+


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  • We do not have a one size fits all time commitment. Ideally we would like volunteers to comitt to facilitating more than one activity but we are open to discussing anything and everything!

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