By Josiah Clark
The 13th Annual Adult Services Expo will be held Friday, June 12 at the Boone Mall.
Primarily targeting Watauga County’s senior citizens, the purpose of the event is to educate the public on programs and services, as well as to help citizens develop and establish connections with agencies and services available in the community. The event is free, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Boone Mall.
The event was organized by the Adult Services Coalition of Watauga County, which includes Project on Aging, the Watauga County Department of Social Services, and many other facilities and agencies in the area.
Ann McMillan, the CAP Case Manager for Project on Aging, said the Adult Services Expo will also be showcasing programs that serve younger individuals, too.
Representatives from public, private, non-profit and for-profit agencies will present and offer services that are available in Watauga County.
According to McMillan, the highlight of the event will be the “Celebration of Living Awards,” which will be presented at noon, and officially recognizes Watauga County’s “Caregiver of the Year,” “Centurion of the Year,” “Facility Resident of the Year,” “Individual with Disabilities of the Year” and “Volunteer of the Year.”
In addition, all of the attending agencies will bring door prizes, which will be awarded every hour during the event.
McMillan said the Adult Services Expo is a valuable educational opportunity for the community.
“The main purpose of the expo is to expose people to, and help them find out about all of the services that are available in Watauga County,” she said.
Established as a department in the county’s government, Project on Aging is an agency that provides many services, and “encourages independence and promotes wellness by providing supportive services to the county’s older adults.”
The Adult Services Coalition of Watauga County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “educate the community about available adult services by publicizing agencies that provide these services.”
For more information, call 828-265-8090 to get in contact with representatives at Project on Aging for more information about the 13th Annual Adult Services Expo.
Here are photos from last year’s event:
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