The Marion County Council on Aging is committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in Marion County by providing services that enrich, enhance, and promote independent living. The Council on Aging provides funding for home and community-based services for Marion County residents age 60 and older, regardless of income. This funding comes from the Senior Services levy that was first passed by Marion County voters in May of 2006.
The goal of the Council on Aging is to coordinate and develop a comprehensive program of local resources and services to best meet the needs of our citizens. We recognize the need to be respectful and responsive to our older adults, and to be responsive and accountable to all citizens of Marion County.
Leadership & Staff
Jo Ellen King
Board of Directors
Meets the second Thursday of each month at noon.
Sylvia Almendinger, Chairperson
Greg Clark, Vice-Chairperson
Jan Persinger, Secretary
Jeff Manley, Treasurer
Advisory Task Force
Meets the third Monday of the month at 1:00 pm.
Maureen Welch, President
Annette Hartman, Vice-President
Barb Mead, Secretary
Funding for Senior Services
The Board of Directors of the Marion County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that contracts have been awarded for 2021, for a total of nearly $650,000.
Six agencies were awarded these funds for the provision of home and community-based services for Marion County residents age 60 and over, who have a documented need for assistance.
The agencies to receive funding for core services are as follows:
- Interim HealthCare and Kindred at Home for in-home care
- Morrow County Transit and Marion Senior Center for medical transportation both locally and to Delaware and Columbus
- Kingston Residence of Marion for adult day care
- Seneca County Commission on Aging for home-delivered meals
- Marion Senior Center for personal shopping assistance.
In addition to funding for these core services, the Board of Directors has also appropriated funds for the popular Community Enrichment Grants. Enrichment Grants are awarded to local agencies in lesser amounts and are for special needs that are not readily met by other local agencies.
2021 Community Enrichment Grants were awarded to:
- Y Men Service Club for wheelchair ramps
- Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention for a variety of services and programs geared to older adults
- Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission for prescription assistance, burial assistance, and various other unmet needs
- Dr. James Clark for professional presentations on dementia and memory
- Marion Public Library to support books for the homebound service.
Funding for these services is generated through the Marion County Senior Services Levy. Services are available to county residents age 60 and over, regardless of income, for those seniors who are living independently and have a documented need for service.
Contact the Marion County Council on Aging at 740.387.0401 for further information.