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WCCOA Accepting Applications for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Outreach Program until December 12

Bowling Green, OH (December 10, 2014) – The role of Grandma and Grandpa is different for every grandparent. While some grandparents may see their grandchildren on a limited basis, others see them more frequently, and many are now raising their grandchildren.

Raising grandchildren later in life often brings unique challenges. The role of raising children may be familiar, yet for many can be an entirely new and difficult experience.

Many older adults may have health issues or are on a fixed income. As the holiday season approaches, children look forward to gifts. For some grandparents, this could be a stressful time as money may be tight. This holiday season, WCCOA is sponsoring a holiday outreach project aimed towards assisting grandparents raising grandchildren with holiday gifts.

This project is intended to enable applicants to receive assistance with gifts during the 2014 holiday season to help relieve the financial burden to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Deadline for applications is Friday, December 12, 2014 and the application must be completed to determine eligibility.

One application per household per individual minor (birth to 12 years of age) for consideration annually.

Submissions must be returned to any of the seven senior centers of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.

For questions about the application, contact the Programs Department of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., in Bowling Green at (419) 353.5661 or toll-free at 1(800)367.4935.

NOTE:  Holiday outreach project funds raised through the Senior Centers in Wood County will be used by WCCOA to purchase gifts for the eligible children.  All gifts will be purchased and wrapped by WCCOA staff.

Selection Conditions:  Applications will be reviewed based upon geographical location. Funds collected will support families in that area.

Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be 60 years old and over.
  2. Applicant must demonstrate a financial hardship.

*Committee will review application criteria based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  1. Applicant must be a Wood County resident.
  2. Applicant must be the guardian of the grandchildren and reside in the same residence.

Applications may be picked up at any Wood County Senior Center or by email by contacting programs@wccoa.net.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives. 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

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