Dawn Daugherty

(12-30-21) The mission of the Mercer County Council on Aging (MCCoA) is to “help older people live dignified and reasonably independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.” Executive Director Dawn Daugherty gave the Celina Kiwanis an overview of their services. These include transportation services, homemaker services, and chore services for suggested donations. They also offer outreach programs ranging from Social Security and Medicare information to their loan program for walkers, wheelchairs, canes and other medical equipment.

Club member Linda Goodwin said she benefited from the loan program when she borrowed a walker with a seat prior to her hip replacement surgery. In addition to these programs, the Council provides socialization and exercise opportunities with regularly scheduled bingo and cards, line dancing, chair yoga, and craft workshops at their Riley Street center. All these are for small fees.

There’s also a fitness center available. MCCoA is well known for their garage sales, a major fundraiser for the organization. Other funding for MCCoA is provided by a levy, the Mercer County Civic Foundation, the Mercer County Health Fund and sources such as private donations.

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 CJ’s Highmarks. To learn more about the club, like them on Facebook or find them at k16309.site.kiwanis.org.