Outreach Specialist Amy Buening
Outreach Specialist Amy Buening

(4-10-18) The Mercer County Council on Aging’s  (MCCoA) Outreach Specialist Amy Buening gave the Celina Kiwanis an overview of their services. The MCCoA was established in 1974 with the goal of helping county residents 60 and older maintain an independent lifestyle.

These include homemaker services for light housekeeping chores, transportation for up to 40 miles outside the county, and basic handyman services. At their Riley St. center, the Council provides socialization opportunities ranging from playing bingo and cards to line dancing. They also have exercise machines available. They are well known for their garage sales, a major fundraiser for the organization. The center also provides a daily meal at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for a donation of $3. Reservations are required a day ahead.

Medicare 101, a class that teaches the basics about the program as well as options for health care in retirement, will be offered by Buening and Gloria Miller. Beginning on April 11, these classes will be offered through October 22 at various locations.

Currently the majority of the MCCoA’s clients come from the Celina area. The Council is hoping to expand their outreach farther into the county and are considering several ways of doing that. For more information about the MCCoA’s services, contact them at mccoa@bright.net or call them at 419 586-1644.

The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon every Wednesday at Highmarks. To learn more about the club, you can find them on Facebook or at celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina.