Openings are available for volunteers interested in senior issues in Snohomish County. Snohomish County’s Council on Aging (COA) is looking for new members to serve three year terms beginning in January 2015. The COA manages local, state and federal funds targeted toward elderly residents and younger residents with disabilities, and helps advise the county’s Long Term Care and Aging office.
“Building a more effective Council on Aging benefits the entire community,” said COA Chair Ron Vivon. “It’s important to provide our senior residents with services to promote positive physical and emotional wellbeing.”
COA members serve as community representatives, planners for funding and program issues, activists for legislative matters, and monitors of program quality and services. The 30-member COA advisory board advises not only the county’s Long Term Care and Aging office but the county’s Human Services department and Executive John Lovick.
The COA meets from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December). Smaller committee groups – such as advocacy, healthy aging, diversity and senior centers – meet as needed. Those interested in serving on the COA must complete and file an application with Snohomish County Long Term Care and Aging by Monday, Sept. 15. To receive an application, contact Joyce Frasu at 425-388-7377 or print one directly from the COA website www.snohomishcountywa.gov/COA.
Snohomish County actively encourages members of diverse communities to apply. The Council on Aging strives for a membership that represents all areas of the county. Snohomish County residents who represent the needs of ethnic and racial minority communities, older persons wishing to improve the quality of life for senior citizens, persons who represent organizations which serve older and younger persons with disabilities, locally elected officials and members of the general public are all encouraged to apply.