Friends of the Lexington COA President's Letter

Fall, 2018

Dear Lexington Neighbor,

With 8,500 residents now over age 60, the need to serve Lexington’s senior citizens has never been greater. The Friends of the Lexington Council on Aging (FCOA) is a volunteer board of Lexingtonians who work closely with the Town’s Council on Aging and the Human Services Department to enrich the quality of life of Lexington’s seniors. The FCOA helps fund critical senior services provided by the Human Services Department: special lunches at the Community Center, age-sensitive counseling and recreation, health and wellness programs, and affordable transportation.

The FCOA provides generous subsidies to these popular Human Services programs:

  • LexConnect, an on-demand, door-to-door, reduced-fare taxi service that provides affordable transportation to over 600 seniors within Lexington and to neighboring towns
  • Senior Bus Trips, Holiday Luncheons, Lexington Veterans’ Association programs
  • Purchase of a stronger senior flu vaccine

FCOA also develops and underwrites innovative programs to enhance the lives of Lexington seniors. Some ideas come from the community itself via our Bright Ideas mini-grant program.

  • Lexington LifeTimes, a creative arts journal featuring the work of residents aged 60 and older was first published in 2017. The second issue in 2018 was underwritten by the FCOA and public-spirited Lexington businesses.
  • Hearing assistance equipment which can be borrowed from Cary Memorial Library.
  • A Bright Ideas grant will be used to install raised sensory flower gardens on the grounds of the Lexington Community Center. The FCOA will provide the initial materials for the garden, which will be planted and maintained by the Lexington Field and Garden Club.

FCOA’s Older, Wiser, Lifelong Learners program (OWLL) is now in its fifth year with over 500 registrations annually. OWLL’s rich course offerings ranging from geo-politics to microbiology to poetry to chamber music are designed to be affordable, and subsidies are available for those in need.

To learn more about the FCOA and the programs we support, visit us at www.friendsofthecoa.org.

Only with your help can we continue our important work and bring forward new initiatives. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today via check or cash sent to the FCOA mail address above, or with your credit card via PayPal on our website.

On behalf of Lexington’s seniors whose lives will be bettered by your support, THANK YOU!

Janice Kennedy, President
Friends of the Lexington Council on Aging