Astoria Senior Center
The Astoria Senior Center is a 501(C)(3) foundation, which means it is a nonprofit charitable institution. The Astoria Senior Center currently has approximately 560 paid up members who pay dues of $20 per year. The building in which the ASC is located is owned by the City of Astoria, which pays a portion of the Center's utilities. Apart from rent relief, the ASC receives very little from the City of Astoria or the government. In 2000, the ASC received a generous donation of $890,109 from the Sorenson family. This donation was placed into an irrevocable trust and the ASC has been using the interest earned each year as the primary source of their funding.
The ASC has been offering a ''55 - Alive'' driving course through the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) since 1985, as well as classes through Clatsop Community College.
The ASC also offers a bus service that makes two shopping trips per week to local grocery stores. Steve Swenson, the bus driver picks up many of the members at their homes; and on the return trip helps carry in their groceries.