Fairfield County Council on Aging
Hot Fun in the Summer
The most exciting thing about June was the distribution of the Senior Farmers Market Voucher. Ever year, from the Department of Social Services, eligible members of the county receive $25 vouchers to use at any Farmers' Market in the state. Our first day was at Drawdy Park on June 11 as a part of the Community Resources event. We were pleased to help so many have access to fresh produce from local farms. It's a win-win. If you missed out on yours this year, be sure to drop by next year to take advantage of this great program!
We also had a lot of fun celebrating fathers for Fathers' Day and finished our Senior Tech Class with a mini graduation.
Finally, to celebrate the first day of summer, we had a mini carnival with our participants! They played carnival games for prizes and had a lot of fun while doing so.
Speaking of party, we're having our Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 1st with a craft from our wonderful volunteer, Barbara, hamburgers and other fun stuff! If you are over the age of 60 and interested in attending, please call the office by 1PM on Thursday, June 30th.
Kindness in Action
We had needs met through the kindness of our neighbors in the faith communities and we wanted to recognize them (in case you haven't seen our social media posts). The first was a generous donation of adult supplies and Bingo prizes from the First Baptist Church of Ridgeway.
And to help keep our seniors hydrated, the Weeping Mary Baptist Church held a water drive for FCCOA! It came just in time for the big heat wave we just had.
Perhaps you are not able to give in the same ways, but we have some other needs that would help our older, homebound neighbors. We have had two hot meal routes open up on Mondays and Tuesdays for Meals on Wheels. If you or a friend are interested/available to take a route, that would make such a difference!
June 15th was World Elder Abuse Day--a day with the goal of encouraging the world to pay greater attention to the well-being and adequate health of older people. In case you missed it, Our Executive Director, Angela Connor, wrote a poignant post on caring for our elderly neighbors in the community. If you haven't had a chance to read it, be sure to take a look here:
Life can be hectic and there are some who require extensive care that you are unable to help; however, not all acts of care requires a doctorate. There might be an older neighbor who simply need someone to check on them, or help mow an overgrown lawn. Kindness only costs a little bit of time, but the rewards for giving it are boundless.
The FCCOA office will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Inependence Day. We'll see you on Tuesday, July 5th. Have a great holiday, everyone!