WEST CHESTER (October 6) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced that the Kennett Area Senior Center will receive $ 64,013 in state grant funding.

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The funds will be used to establish a senior volunteerism campaign targeting a slightly younger demographic of older Pennsylvanians and to hire coordinators and recruiters for volunteer programs and other outreach services. These enhancements aim to allow more efficient program administration to maximize the number of older Pennsylvanians who can benefit as well as allowing better feedback from program visitors. The Kennett Area Senior Center will serve as a lead agent for similar initiatives at the Downingtown Area Senior Center and Coatesville Area Senior Center.

“It is great to see senior centers in Chester County like the Kennett Area Senior Center continue to lead the way in providing vital resources and services for older adults that help them stay active, healthy and independent,” Dinniman said. “The new volunteerism campaign is an excellent way to keep seniors involved in our communities and ensure that they have the opportunity to share their energy, advice, wisdom and expertise.”

The funding, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Senior Community Center I Grant awards, is part of more than $2 million in total grants awarded to 67 senior centers throughout the Commonwealth.

The grants, which were part of the 2014-2015 state budget agreement, will be used to advance projects to modernize senior center facilities, encourage technological improvements, expand innovative programming and help meet the needs of their participants.

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