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 2018. The COA assists in managing local, state and federal funds targeted toward elderly residents and younger residents with disabilities. The COA also 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 Nora Todd. “It’s important to provide our senior residents with services to promote positive physical and emotional well-being.”
COA members often serve in a variety of roles, including community representatives, planners for funding and program issues, and activists for legislative matters. 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.
The COA meets monthly from 10: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month (no meeting in December). Smaller committee groups—such as advocacy, healthy aging, diversity and senior centers—meet as needed.
Snohomish County actively encourages members of diverse communities to apply. The Council on Aging strives for a membership that represents all the 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.
Those interested in serving on the COA must complete and file an application with Snohomish County Long Term Care and Aging by Friday, Sept. 15. To receive an application, contact Linda Vizmanos firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-7317 or print one directly from the COA website, at http://snohomishcountywa.gov/9