Dear Friends of the Newark Senior Center,

On June 1, 2021, Carla Grygiel will celebrate her 15th year of serving as the Newark Senior Center’s Executive Director. After fearlessly leading the Center through the many challenges of this past year it is more important than ever that we recognize Carla for all the hard work, time and love she puts into being our Director.

Carla’s time at the Center has included overseeing several major capital projects including a major kitchen expansion, updating our adult day care space and transitioning it into our Meeting of Minds program, two pool renovations and most recently updating our main lobby, classrooms and Evergreen Room. When not managing one of these projects, she is supervising over 20 full and part time staff and handling a $2.8 million budget.

With all the administrative tasks Carla accomplishes on a daily basis she still makes our members her number one priority. Her door is always open whether its for a simple chat or to help someone find a ride to a doctors appointment. She takes the time to visit longtime members who are no longer able come to the Center or may be spending some time in the hospital. She calls to check on members who have recently lost a spouse. Carla is also a founding member of our Legacy Society and a monthly donor.

If you would like to show your appreciation to Carla there are a few ways you can help.

  • Join us on Friday, June 25th at 12pm for a picnic in our front parking lot. We will be serving Italian sausages with peppers and onions, pasta salad, ambrosia salad and dessert. There will be a DJ and an opportunity to say thank you to Carla for all of her hard work. Registration for the event is required. You can do so by calling (302) 737-2336 or emailing Registration deadline is June 18th. There is no cost to come to the event, but we hope you will make a suggested donation of $5 per meal.
  • Do you have a special memory of Carla? Want to tell her how much she means to you? Send her a note. Mail cards to Attn: Jessica Feinberg, Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Dr. Newark, DE 19713. If you prefer, you can email Jessica at your message and she will transfer your note to a greeting card. We will collect the cards, share with Carla and display them in the lobby for the month of June.
  • Make a donation to the Center in Carla’s honor with your thank you card or at the link below.

Thank you in advance for your help and generosity. We know Carla will appreciate it. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at


Jessica Feinberg

Development Director