United Way of Van Wert County recently granted the Van Wert Council on Aging a check for $1,600. The money was given on behalf of the New Initiative Funds which allows organizations that are tax exempt to apply in order to help with a one-time need or project in Van Wert County.
The funds will be used to install a new kiosk at the Council on Aging, with My Senior Center software that will help with senior services. The system allows consumers to login to the center as well as options to book and check in for services online. The system is very comprehensive as it even has an option where it will call, text or email a person to remind them of their upcoming service. For example if someone has homemaker service scheduled for next Thursday at 10 am, the system will call and remind them of this. With COVID, this is a great new way to help senior citizens stay independent while living at home.
The original cost of the kiosk was $3,600; however, Council on Aging Director, Kevin Matthews had negotiated the cost down to $1,600.
If you are a tax-exempt organization located in Van Wert County and would like to learn more about or even apply for New Initiative funds, please contact the United Way office at 419-238-6689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Pictured: Kevin Matthews, Vicki Smith, and Ben Cowan)
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