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Office: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Scheduled appointments available until 5pm

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535 East Franklin Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
(301) 790-0275 | Email Us

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About Us

What We Do

The non-profit Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc., an Area Agency on Aging, serves the Washington County community by helping seniors, those with a disability regardless of age and caregivers with ongoing services and programs such as nutrition and wellness services, congregate nutrition sites, a senior center, guardianship, small-group home housing subsidies, Medicaid waiver, a senior health insurance program, benefits screening, ombudsman services, as well as various other programs. We are also fortunate to have a dedicated legion of volunteers whose generous efforts are critical to our functions. The Commission on Aging promotes quality aging by meeting the needs, protecting the rights and preserving the dignity of our citizens.

Who We Serve

The Commission on Aging assists seniors and those with disabilities regardless of age to maintain their independence for as long as possible by providing information, resources, and services and by advocating, planning, and coordinating systems.

Age requirements for the Commission on Aging's services vary. Some programs do not have an age requirement.

The Commission on Aging provides services without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. WCCOA is an equal opportunity employer and grantor.

At the Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc., we are committed to the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our central mission to serve our local community without bias through an expansive resource of social service programs. We strive to ensure that seniors, caregivers, and those with disabilities thrive in our community. We recognize that diversity is key in the delivery of programs and the well-being of marginalized and underserved populations.

The Washington County Commission on Aging Inc.(WCCOA) is committed to the practice of increasing diversity as defined by honoring differences that include but are not limited to…race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.

The WCCOA is committed to the practice of increasing equity as defined by ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual. The WCCOA is dedicated to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a position of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

The WCCOA is committed to the practice of inclusion as defined by ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging in our organization and in the services we provide. The WCCOA is dedicated to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our organization is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Organizational Information

The Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc./Area Agency on Aging was established by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners in 1973, and is a private, 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that carries out state and federal mandates on behalf of the state and county governments. The Agency serves as an Area Agency on Aging as mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965. Charged with planning and implementing annual short and long-range plans and delivering services to meet the county's aging needs, the Commission on Aging coordinates with multiple organizational partners.

The Board of Directors is made up of elected and appointed membership from social service agencies, senior clubs, and representatives from the County Commissioners, area churches, and the community-at-large. An Advisory Council made up of representatives of stakeholder groups and community members is appointed by the County Commissioners and provides guidance to the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Funding

The Commission on Aging is funded by federal, state, and local government, as well as by contributions from individuals, businesses, and private foundations. The Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc. is audited annually. The audit is performed by J.C. Kunkle and Associates, a certified public accounting firm.

Major funders include the federal Administration on Aging, the Maryland Department of Aging, and the Board of County Commissioners.

Fees

There are no fees for several of the services provided by the Commission on Aging, except as noted, though contributions are strongly encouraged.

Boards and Leadership

Board of Directors 2024

Ed Lough, President

Tim Delbrugge, Vice President

Bill Beard, Treasurer

Amanda Crawford

David Engle

Roseann Fisher

Aggie Llewellyn

Al Martin

Robert Rankin

Allen Twigg

Paul “Paulie” Ward

Susan Taylor

Wayne Keefer, County Commissioner

Advisory Council 2024

Susan Taylor, Chairperson

Harry Wagaman, Vice Chairperson

Gloria Burke

Vernell Doyle

Kathy Harple

Dawn Nally

Thomas C. Thorsen

Cheree Ware

Derek Harvey, County Commissioner

Executive Team:

Amy Olack, Chief Executive Officer

Sue Stine, Chief Financial Officer

Sandy Wood, Chief Operating Officer

Sherry Mauk, Executive Assistant/HR Manager

Leadership:

Kim Torsiello

Jackie Snyder

Susan Hurd

Katelin Via

Sandra Brogden

Beth Elliott

Abby Housel

 

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