City looking to community to help support seniors

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Local residents and organizations have been making great strides to enhance and provide amenities to make Winters an age-friendly community for senior citizens.

The City of Winters is currently accepting applications to serve on the Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures and a term of service on the Winters Senior Commission. However, the deadline is looming near on Friday, Nov. 5 and the City is asking community members to consider helping in the endeavor to help serve our aging community population. 

Mayor Wade Cowan said applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply in order to provide a variety of perspective and experience.

He said while the City is hoping to get representation from all of the different senior groups in town, you don’t have to be a senior to serve on either opportunity.

“You dont’ have to be a senior to help with the seniors,” Cowan said. “None of these positions have any (max) age restrictions.”

Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures
The City is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term on the Fundraising Committee for the Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures.

The City Council approved the establishment of the fundraising committee as a means to purchase items for the Winters Senior Center (soon be under construction) that are not included in grant and CDBG program income funds. Types of items include, but are not limited to:  tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, televisions, couches, and major appliances as needed. In addition to fixtures and furniture, the committee will also be tasked to raise funds to employ a single staff member.

The goal is to find seven members to serve on the committee. The term of service is about two years, or until the tasks of the committee are completed.

Cowan said the committee was created so that the leg work of trying to find fundraising and grant opportunities can be done now, as the senior center is about to break ground.

We don’t want to wait for the senior center to be done to start fundraising for fixtures, furniture, and a director,” Cowan said. “It’s (the committee) to help get the senior center up and running, and get everything on board so as soon as its finished we’re fully equipped.”

Winters Senior Commission on Aging
The City is also seeking applicants to serve a term on the Winters Senior Commission on Aging.

Cowan noted Winters has a large senior population and there’s great importance in making sure we’re doing these things for them.

The Winters Senior Commission on Aging was established to serve as a forum for discussing the unique needs of senior citizens in the community, including but not limited to transportation, housing, and healthcare. The Commission acts as an advisory board to the City Council and performs a number of functions for the benefit of seniors residing in the Winters area.

The term of service is four years, or until a successor is appointed. 

How to apply
Applications for both opportunities are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. The Application for Appointment to City Board, Commission or Committee can be downloaded from the City of Winters website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/. Application links are posted on the main navigation bar under the “Government Departments” category, and on the “Senior Resources” drop down tab.

Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a Winters residential address. In appointing members to the Committee, the City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age and gender.

A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted to have their interviews scheduled.

Completed Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions can be emailed to tracy.jensen@cityofwinters.org. Completed applications may also be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to: City of Winters, Attn: Tracy Jensen, City Clerk, 318 First Street, Winters, CA  95694.

For more information, call 530-794-6702.

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