Gilbert Senior Center Suspends Classes, Moves to Drive-Through Meal Service Through April 10th

The Gilbert Senior Center has decided to suspend all activities, including classes and congregate meals, from Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 10th in an attempt to flatten the curve to contain the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

The Gilbert Senior Center will remain open and move all meal services to a drive-through or delivery option. Please call (480) 503-6059 or (480) 503-6061 to make a reservation and leave a message if no one is available to answer your call. Meals will be available for pickup from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday-Friday.

All senior recreation classes and activities at the Gilbert Community Center have been temporarily suspended through Friday, April 10th.

AZCEND and Gilbert, Arizona feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of Gilbert’s residents and employees, especially those who are high-risk for contracting this virus. We are working with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services for information and protocols and will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

For the most current information on Gilbert’s response to COVID-19, visit Gilbert’s Newsroom.

For additional questions on AZCEND programs, please contact Senior Program Manager Kelly Delgado at Kelly@AZCEND.org or call (480) 782-2721. For information on the Gilbert Community Center, email recreation@gilbertaz.gov or call (480) 503-6200.

2018 Piper Fellow Trinity Donovan

“AZCEND has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. As we help people on their journeys toward prosperity, one major roadblock is finding meaningful employment that allows people to support themselves and their families. How do we address this barrier with an opportunity to strengthen our organization and establish a new funding stream? How do we equip ourselves to respond to emerging opportunities to further serve our community and utilize people’s strengths in this process? The Piper Fellowship will allow me to explore these questions, further develop skills and knowledge, and put practical tools in place that will strengthen our employees, our programs, and the people we serve.”

– Trinity Donovan, CEO, AZCEND

Trinity Donovan serves as the CEO of AZCEND, a nonprofit that helps people as they move from crisis to stability and ultimately to prosperity. Working in nonprofit leadership positions for the past 19 years, her areas of focus have included hunger and homelessness, early childhood, senior programs, financial stability, and youth development. Donovan also served two terms as a councilmember for the City of Chandler and has represented the city on a regional and national level in areas of human services, transportation, water, and sustainability. Donovan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a Master’s Degree in Sociology—both from Stanford University. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, a Phoenix Business Journal Forty Under 40 awardee, and has served on a variety of boards and commissions.

Through her fellowship, Donovan will explore successful social enterprise models in order to bring an additional source of revenue to AZCEND and provide jobs for participants to support themselves and their families. She plans to attend the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Executive Program and to visit successful social enterprises throughout the U.S. Seeing the value in positive psychology and increased engagement, Donovan will complete the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing through the Langley Group Institute and focus on positive leadership, positive HR, positive parenting, and positive communities. She will attend the StoryBrand workshop to improve her storytelling and messaging skills, and also attend a creative writing retreat as a time for reflection.