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HAMLIN – (May 6, 2019) The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging received part of $2 million in funding from the PA Department of Aging’s Senior Community Center grants from the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The grant, totaling $57,656, will be used for upgrades at the Hamlin Senior Center, with the funding earmarked for a new roof, flooring and painting as well as a new wellness program for the seniors.
“Senior community centers are vital to ensuring that older Pennsylvanians can age in place,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “These grants empower senior centers to modernize facilities, expand programming, and attract a new generation of participants.”
Senior centers have a wide variety of offerings that may include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs, and more.“Pennsylvania has more than 500 senior community centers and they serve as an access point for older adults in need of services,” said Acting Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “This $2 million investment will benefit the senior population of today and for generations to come.”
This announcement takes place during Older Americans Month – a time for the nation to pay tribute to older adults and their contributions to the country and their communities.
“The Pennsylvania Lottery is proud to be able to say that we remain the nation’s only lottery to dedicate all proceeds to programs that benefit older adults,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. Since the very first ticket went on sale in 1972, the Lottery has generated more than $29 billion for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.