Neighbors helping neighbors

Stockton Springs Community Library’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbor” group has initiated a program in conjunction with Spectrum Generations.

The USDA thru Good Shepard Food Bank supplies low income seniors over age 60 with a box of non perishable food the first Wednesday of every month. The food for Waldo County is delivered to Belfast and is available at 9:30 A.M. Our group is volunteering to pick up the food in Belfast and deliver to Stockton seniors.

We have placed USDA posters at various locations in Stockton Springs to advise seniors of this program. Attached to the posters are applications and proxy forms to be completed and sent to Spectrum Generations in Belfast. All information is included on the applications. We have placed posters outside on the library bulletin board and inside to the left of the door.

Please direct any interested patrons to the applications and proxies on the shelf below the inside poster. We are only responsible for making available the applications.

REMINDER: ELIGIBLE LOW INCOME SENIORS OVER 60 MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND SEND TO SPECTRUM GENERATIONS, 18 MERRIAM ROAD, BELFAST, ME 04915. Spectrum Generations: Phone: (207) 338-1190 Fax: (207) 338-6101 Public Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00. Website: http://spectrumgenerations.org/

The website for Aging Well in Waldo County is http://agingwellinwaldocounty.org/

Aging Well in Waldo County (AWWC) is a grass roots organization started in summer 2016, convening a variety of stakeholders – individuals and organizations – within Waldo County, which all share responsibility or concerns for an aging population. Some of these include: Waldo County General Hospital, Triad, Belfast City Council, the Waldo County Commissioners, the Waldo County Sheriff’s office, the 911 Director, Senior College Community Service Committee, and others. The hospital acts as the fiscal agent for grants related to this work.

AWWC has received funding through Maine AARP to conduct a county-wide assessment of the assets and challenges for people 50 and over living in Waldo County. The 8 domains of the AARP which act as criteria: Outdoor spaces and buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social participation, Respect and inclusion, Civic participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community support and Health services.

Surveys are available on the website (agingwellinwaldocounty) or on Facebook (of the same name). Because not all senior citizens have technology access, trained research assistants are visiting venues in the county where seniors gather to administer pencil and paper surveys. 

The purpose of the survey:

  1. To use the assessment data to understand what would improve livability in the towns in our county and to seek ways to address those needs.
  2. For Waldo County towns to gain “age-friendly” community status from AARP