DELPHOS — This year’s finalists for the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 Non-profit Business/Club of Year came from a list of heavy hitters in the community. The Delphos Running Club and Delphos Senior Citizen’s, Inc., rose to the top this year, with the Delphos Optimist Club, Delphos Public Library, Knights of Columbus, SAFY and St. Peter Lutheran Church Kids Breakfast rounding out the nominees.

The Delphos Running Club will begin its seventh season this spring. The club was started by Mandy Weimerskirch as a way to meet up with friends, get some exercise and socialize afterward. The club meets every Thursday evening at the Rustic Cafe from April to September to walk/run a 5K, donate to the charity or organization of the month and socialize with friends and community members.

“The purpose of the club is to support local non-profits and organizations while motivating our community members to stay active and healthy,” Weimerskirch said. “Our financial support helps these organizations in achieving their goals and dreams, just like ours.”

For example, the Delphos Senior Citizens needed the members to add exercise in their daily routine so they asked the run club to support the purchase of a WiFit and television in September 2014. The club donated to the center again in September 2019 and the gift was used to purchase new exercise videos and equipment.

The local SilverSneakers program was the recipient of a $1,400 donation in May 2016 to purchase an AED machine for the group. Most recently, the club donated close to $4,000 to the Delphos Softball Association to assist with the building of dugouts on the softball diamonds for safety and shelter.

Since 2014, the club has raised and donated more than $50,000, supporting more than 20 organizations.

“I have a passion for exercise and motivating people to take better care of themselves. I also have a desire to help others see that anything is possible if they work hard and stay disciplined,” Weimerskirch said. “The success of this club has been a dream come true for me.”

The second finalist, Delphos Senior Citizen, Inc., has been providing transportation, chore, outreach and activities for those over the age of 60 in Delphos since 1975.

The center offers a place for seniors to enjoy a meal, socialize, enjoy cards, bingo and other games, exercise, get basic health checks, including blood pressure checks, glucose checks and monthly foot care. The center also connects seniors with the groups and resources they are looking for.

“What started out as a social club became incorporated in 1975, eventually adding a meal site and transportation services,” said Director Alice Curth. “We have grown from one borrowed vehicle to five wheelchair accessible vehicles, running four daily.”

Each fall, the center guides those with Medicare through the Open Enrollment Period and the outreach program also helps seniors apply for various programs like HEAP, telephone assistance and food assistance.

Curth is always looking for new activities to attract the growing senior population.

“We have numerous dances throughout the year and Paint-and-Takes, FunFridays and more,” Curth said. “On the other hand, we’ve added several Matter of Balance classes a year, the Good to Know, Lunch and Go educational programs covering topics seniors are concerned about.”

The center’s chore program helps members with lawn care, snow removal, gutter cleaning and other small household jobs.

In 2019, the center transported 223 different clients on 6,680 one-way trips and its five vehicles logged more than 58,000 miles during the year. The Chore Program served 45 different clients with 616 hours of service. In Outreach, the center helped 182 clients through 524 contacts, with most lasting at least one hour. During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, the center saved seniors more than $37,206 by choosing a more appropriate drug plan or advantage plan for their needs. Throughout the year, the center provided thousands of contacts for local and area seniors through socialization, exercise and other activities.

“I think the services, programs and activities we offer fill a gap in this community and provide some uplifting social opportunities to enrich a senior’s daily life,” Curth concluded.

There are no membership fees and most services are at no charge. Donations are graciously accepted.