North Star Council on Aging
North Star Council on Aging also known as the Fairbanks Senior Center promotes senior independence through nutrition, transportation, and social services. A Senior Corps program would assist in meeting the organization's mission of senior oriented community, and social involvement. The Senior Center specifically provides congregate meals, "Meals on Wheels" for homebound seniors, transportation, and activities to engage the community's seniors.
Besides establishing ourselves a senior center since 1973, we are co-owners of a senior citizen apartment complex as well as share Senior Center parking lot with another senior housing apartment complex. This exposes us to the community's seniors and potential Senior Corps applicants. After discussing volunteer interest with seniors some of which were former FGP members through another organization, sixteen Senior Companion volunteers equating to nine and a half VSY is requested and funded by CNCS for 75,503.
Senior Companion volunteers will address the Human Needs service category. The subfocus services areas include Congregate Meals, Delivery of Health Services, Food Distribution and Collection, Independent Living, and Companionship/Outreach.
These services directly serve a demographic that makes up 6% and rising, Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) residents in which the overwhelming majority is effectively poor (given the high cost of living in FNSB) and struggle with the challenges of living autonomously due to aging. Our services indirectly serve the rest of the community by allaying the extreme costs of hospitalization, nursing home residency, and intensive home-care enrollment for seniors who, without our services, wouldn't be able to support themselves. We help seniors to stay healthy and autonomous, combating the high cost of senior healthcare absorbed by medical institutions, the borough, the state, and the nation.