Commission on Aging offers opportunities to advocate for older citizens and more livable communities

Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply

VANCOUVER — Clark County is seeking applicants for three positions on its Commission on Aging. The commission manages and implements the county’s Aging Readiness Plan and fosters countywide awareness, dialogue and insight into challenges and opportunities for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities.

The terms would be three-years beginning June 1, 2020 and continuing through May 31, 2023. Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply.

The county is looking for people with an interest in issues and advocacy for older adults related to: housing; transportation/mobility; supportive services; healthy communities; and community engagement, which are the five elements of the Aging Readiness Plan. The county also is looking for people who can bring ethnic, cultural, social, and geographic diversity to the group.

The commission will focus on community engagement and advocacy in 2020. The commission’s goal is to hold joint meetings with all the cities and town in the county to present their 2019 findings and recommendations on healthy communities; initiate a dialogue with city councilors on issues or successes related to older adults and livability; and to hear from community members on their concerns and questions regarding aging in Clark County.

The nine-member commission typically meets monthly. This year the meeting dates will not occur on the same day of the month because of dates of city council meetings. Additional meetings, such as committee work may require an extra 10 hours per month.

Applicants should submit a résumé and letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, at Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov. Applications also may be mailed to P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Fri., April 3, 2020.

The Aging Readiness Plan covers access to housing, transportation, a variety of lifestyles, support services and civic or social engagement. For more on the plan and commission, see www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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