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Grants In Action: Serving Our Seniors

Two local organizations working to serve area seniors recently received grant support from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Little Kanwaha Area affiliate.   

Calhoun County Committee on Aging guestsCalhoun County Committee on Aging (CCOA) serves seniors and veterans by providing educational, health, fitness, and advocacy programs.  A recent $7,990 grant from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund and the Walter E. and Marie Ausenheimer Fund enabled the agency to update its computer network hardware and software, improving the reliability and security of their system.  Executive Director Rick Poling indicates that this grant will "enhance our operations for over a decade."  The new equipment, says Poling, "will assure that we can continue doing what we do - be it providing nutrition services, transportation, or social programs to benefit the seniors and veterans of Calhoun County." Seniors benefit greatly from the social interaction, support, and programs provided through CCOA.  As program participant Alta Mae Richards notes, "What would the seniors of Calhoun County do if this place didn't exist."

Roane County Committee on AgingRoane County Committee on Aging (RCOA) provides services to seniors ranging from home-delivered and congregate meals, to transportation, to in-home care services.  RCOA is housed in a former county school building, which is heated and cooled by a number of separate units, several of which are more than 25 years old.  A $6,500 grant from the PACF's Walter E. and Marie Ausenheimer Fund helped the agency to replace the heating/cooling unit that serves the agency's kitchen.  Monday through Friday RCOA serves 60 meals to home-bound seniors and feeds another 45-85 in their dining room, for a total of 100-150 meals served from the kitchen each week day.  These nutrition programs are critical to area seniors.  "Nearly every day we get phone calls from home-bound seniors thanking us for the meals that we deliver to their homes, says RCOA Executive Director Julie Haverty.  "And, every day, seniors thank the staff for meals served in the dining room."



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