About the VCA
The Varna Community Association, Inc. (VCA) has been active in the hamlet of Varna NY for over 60 years. It was founded in 1950 by a group of community-minded residents, and it has been in continuous operation ever since. Varna is located in the Town of Dryden NY.
Anyone living in the hamlet of Varna is automatically a member of the association. There are no membership fees. Other persons who wish to participate in VCA activities are also welcome. For a map of the membership area, click here.
The VCA exists exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, which include enhancing the quality of life in and around the hamlet of Varna and providing for wholesome recreational and educational activities and a gathering place for the youth, senior citizens, other charitable organizations, and other members of the community of Varna and neighboring communities.
The VCA is a non-profit corporation with 501c3 (tax deductible) IRS status. A volunteer Board of Directors oversees activities of the organization and maintains the VCA’s buildings and property. Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to all residents of Varna and other interested persons.
The VCA offers a variety of program and services to the community. These include: public meetings with elected officials on topics of particular interest to the hamlet of Varna; weekly open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous; polling site for local, state and national elections and the Ithaca City School District; an annual award opportunity for a Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) student living in Varna; a quarterly newsletter, the VARNA NEWS; children’s events such as an interactive reptile and amphibian workshop with the Cornell Herp Club; and a free Thanksgiving dinner open to the public. See the Events and Opportunities page for upcoming programs.
Varna Community Center
The VCA owns and operates a building known as the Varna Community Center located at 943 Dryden Road (NY Rte 366). The Community Center is used for VCA-sponsored events and public and private activities. The Community Center’s accessible building is often used for meetings, workshops, recreational and social events. The grounds of the Community Center include ample parking, a sizable lawn and a playground. Individuals and groups may rent the Community Center facilities.
The Community Center has two rooms that can be used for meetings or other gatherings. The large room holds a maximum of 80 people and is equipped with 12, 8-foot tables and 80 chairs. The floor is linoleum. The small room is carpeted and holds a maximum of 40 people. There a 6, 6-foot tables and 40 chairs. Both rooms are heated and have ceiling fans.
The Community Center’s commercial kitchen is certified by the Tompkins County (NY) Health Department. Kitchen facilities include double ovens, 10-burner gas range, reach-in cooler, dishwasher, ample counter space. Use of dry storage, walk-in cooler, freezer and dumpster can be negotiated. Long term rentals require a lease and proof of liability insurance. Long-term kitchen rental fees are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Renting Community Center Facilities
Individuals and groups are welcome to inquire about renting Community Center facilities. The best way to contact the VCA’s rental coordinator is via email: Rentals@varnacommunityassociation.org. Use the calendar link (above, right side) to check availability of a particular date. For a list of rental fees for one-time rentals, click here.