Friends of the Lexington COA President's Letter

When a group of public-spirited Lexingtonians nearly forty years ago got together to form an organization to support the community's seniors and to enhance the quality of their lives, they could not have anticipated that our over-60 population would grow to 8500. Nor could they have foreseen our elegant new Community Center with its wide range of programs. In fact, since the center opened, there has been an increase of more than 30% in the number of seniors served, a nearly 50% growth in seniors receiving counseling, information, assistance and referrals and 20% more participating in health and wellness programs from exercising to luncheons!

The Friends of the Council on Aging, supported primarily by gifts from the generous citizens of our town, helps support many of these programs:

  • Along with the Dana Home Foundation, we provide two-thirds of the annual subsidy for LexConnect, the taxi program which enables nearly 500 seniors to get around at reduced fares for more
  • FCOA subsidizes the trips - which sell out - to keep them affordable
  • We help provide special luncheons at a 50% discount
  • We support special programs and speakers
  • The FCOA initiated and implements the highly popular OWLL classes on a variety of topics in the fall and the spring

And we are now launching a mini-grant project, Bright Ideas. Do you have an idea for an activity or a program which would enrich the lives of our seniors? You can apply to the FCOA for funds up to $3,000 to make it happen! We expect this new venture to unleash the creativity in which this community abounds to the benefit of those among us who have given so much to so many.

All this - and more - requires money. It is our hope that you will join those citizens of forty years ago and those of us today who provide the necessary funds to this tax-exempt civic group. Our senior population continues to grow, our programs continue to grow and as their needs grow, so too must our funds.

Will you stand with those who support our oldest citizens and send a generous check to the Friends of the Council on Aging?