Putnam County Closes All Senior Centers And Programs Friday 2/5/2016

In response to the weather conditions that are currently impacting the county, Putnam County will be closing all Senior Centers and Senior Programs today, Friday, February 5.  This includes medical transportation and adult daycare.

All public transportation fixed routes is on limited service, snow routes on major roads only until further notice. Prekindergarten and Early Intervention Transportation is cancelled  as centers are closed for the day.  The Croton Falls Shuttle is running with minor delays.

We apologize and expect that as the storm passes that conditions will improve.  We will be closely monitoring the conditions and restore service as conditions improve.

All other County operations will operate on our normal schedule.

All senior operations will resume their normal schedule on Monday, Feb. 8.

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Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

This year’s nominating theme is “Recognizing Seniors Who Demonstrate the Power of Making a Difference through Civic Engagement.”

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 10 in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.

Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, February 12, 2016. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY  10512  or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated.  Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

Click here to download the
Senior of the Year Nomination Form 2016

Foster Grandparents: Volunteer & Get Involved!

The Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. is expanding its outreach efforts and is interested in attracting additional volunteers. This program provides valuable assistance to children with special and exceptional needs in an academic setting.  The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people throughout the six counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange.  This program is funded primarily by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Additional funding is provided by the New York State Office for Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers are low-income senior citizens who must be a minimum of 55 years of age.  They volunteer from 15 to 35 hours weekly and receive a tax-free hourly stipend as well as 48 days of paid time off including sick days .  Additionally they are provided mileage reimbursement. Volunteer liability insurance, and an annual Recognition Luncheon honoring their service to the community.

Currently the Foster Grandparent program has over 200 seniors serving hundreds of children in numerous Head Start centers, elementary schools, and day care centers throughout many different cities and towns.

Nationally there are nearly 30,000 Foster Grandparents serving in 341 local projects.  These participants provide service to more than 284,000 children with special and exceptional needs.  The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

President Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens.  In summoning a new spirit of service, he is calling on us to make an enduring commitment to our neighborhoods.

Sign up today and share your love, time and experience.  You have the power to help a child who needs you!!! If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer or just need more information, please call 914-592-5600 ext. 114 or email rbahr@westcop.org.

Are You A Senior That Has Concerns About Paying Your Heating Bill?

OSR

Please contact Yvonne Niles at Putnam County Office For Senior Resources and ask about HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program).

HEAP Opens on November 17, 2014. Applications will be available starting November 17th as well as on line @ Mybenefit.ny.gov

Yvonne Niles (845) 808-1700 Xt. 47112