Sandwich Officials Looking to Raise Awareness About Senior Programs

KA_Sandwich_Board Walk29_111715SANDWICH – Officials with the Sandwich Council on Aging are launching an awareness campaign aimed at showing off its people, programs and philosophy.

The organization is hoping that the campaign will stir up support for construction on a new senior center.

“We’re in a very small area now, we do great work in it but looking forward, 29 percent of the population now is 60 and over, when we look forward 10 years, we’re going to be 47 percent 60 and over,” said Council Director Janet Timmons.

The campaign will include several short programs showcasing the senior center’s current programs, staff and volunteers that will air on Sandwich Community TV.

Those shows will also be posted on Facebook, Twitter and a national network news service.

Timmons told board members earlier this month that the COA will be hiring an architect for an updated feasibility study on the new center.

The Friends of the Council on Aging has raised $6,500 to pay for the architect.

The council intends to seek up to $8 million in funding for the new center and is planning to ask the town to cover most of it, but the council also plans on raising funds and seeking grant money.

COA officials are expecting to build their new 16,000 square foot home on an eight-acre parcel of land located across from their current location on Quaker Meeting House Road.

Timmons said they’re not looking for too much in the new facility.

“Nothing grand, nothing ostentatious, just a building that will accommodate the needs and the staff needs, the administration needs and storage needs,” said Timmons. “We’re kind of excited to see what the architect will come up with in that design.”

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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