L’ITALIEN ANNOUNCES STATE GRANT TO SUPPORT BOXFORD COUNCIL ON AGING
BOSTON – State Representative Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) announced this week that the Boxford Council on Aging (COA) has received a Formula Grant through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for fiscal year 2006.
The Boxford COA will receive $6,046 to employ a part-time outreach worker and a secretary. The funds will also provide postage for the COA newsletter as well as pay for conference / meeting attendance and volunteer recognition. It is the responsibility of the COA to advocate for the health, economic, social and cultural needs of older adults, while encouraging maximum independence. The caring staff of the Boxford senior center has been central in fostering a sense of community among the town’s elderly population and is crucial to the center’s continued success.
“The Boxford Council on Aging provides a welcoming environment for socialization, education, health monitoring and advocacy. I am pleased that they are receiving this State grant as they have been stretched in a time of state, federal and local budget cutbacks,” remarked L’Italien. “Congratulations and keep up your exemplary service to Boxford.”
Formula grants from the state to communities are calculated based on a municipality’s population over age 60. Each COA determines its own priorities for expenditures from a broad range of eligible costs established by Elder Affairs. The FY06 budget included a total of $7 million to provide COA programs with a funding increase of $500,000 over last fiscal year.