2016 Caregiver Fair and Senior Power Day
Planning is underway for a Spring Caregiver Fair, for anyone caring for anyone... and,
Senior Power Day, an August event.
These events are opportunities to gather resources, talk with professionals, and realize that on these aging and/or disability journeys are not solo trips. There is help.
2016 Caregiver Fair -
Saturday, April 2, Brighton High School Cafeteria, 9:00-1:30
Consortium Fall Grants
The Consortium awarded $6,000 in it's 2015 Fall grant cycle.
This Summer's awardees include:
First Baptist Church in Howell $500 for personal item inventory
VINA Dental Clinic $1,000 to serve senior's dental needs
Putnam Twp Senior Center $1,000 phone system, desk, drapes
Salvation Army of Livingston County $1,000 "Summer Lunch Bunch"
Livingston County Catholic Charities $500 Christmas "Care Packages"
Hartland Senior Center $500 LCD projector for presentations
Livingston Essential Transportation $500 portable shopping carts
Howell Senior Center $1,000 refrigerator, coffee machine
Summary: Eleven applications were received, requesting $10,986. Four applicants received full funding, four received partial funding. Including this cycle, the Consortium has now awarded $70,333.61 to 27 area agencies in five years.
Consortium Officers for 2016
Marcia Richards, Chair
Carol Zastrow, Vice- Chair
Pam Kekes, Treasurer
Sharon Kwolek, Secretary
Pam Bolam, Officer-at-Large
Roberta Simmons Awarded 2015 Commitment to Caring Award
In a collaborative effort of the Consortium and local attorney Nancy Nawrocki, Roberta Simmons has been awarded the 2015 Livingston County Commitment to Caring Award. Ms. Simmons has been volunteering in Livingston County her entire adult life. Currently she volunteers at the Gleaners Shared Harvest Food Pantry, racking up the most volunteer hours in 2014. And she and her husband Bill deliver meals to the homebound for the county Meals on Wheels program.
Ms. Nawrocki presented a $500 check to be directed to a charity of Roberta's choosing. Latest news: Ms. Simmons has chosen the Livingston Essential Transportation Program (our county's dial-a-ride bus program, LETS) to receive the check, for the purchase of portable shopping carts for bus patrons.
Consortium Member Mark Swanson designates charity for 2014 award
Swanson reported he has designated his $500 award award to the county senior nutrition program to facilitate medical care for homebound seniors' pets. "Many of our homebound seniors have pets. We have two great networks in place to assist with their pets nutritional needs. I saw medical care an unmet need."
Regular meetings of the Consortium on Aging
The Consortium meets the third Thursday of most months.
Next meeting: Thursday, Feb 18, 2016
2:30 - 4:00 Business at hand, 4:00-5:00 Networking
Location: Putnam Township Senior Center, 350 Mower Rd. Pinckney
The Livingston County Consortium on Aging provides for collaboration, advocacy and communication between agencies and persons concerned with the provision of services to all aging adults.
Who We Are
The Consortium is a 501(c)3 non-profit collaborative group representing public agencies, private businesses and individuals interested in addressing the needs of the county’s aging citizens.
Membership is open to any interested parties, at no cost, with a common goal of supporting our mission.
Outreach efforts include sponsoring two annual events, publication of two resource guides, and the awarding of grants to area nonprofits addressing identified needs for area seniors.