Island’s senior-centered organizations receive federal funding

M.V. Center for Living, which provides resources to help senior community members stay connected, is one of this year's recipients of the federal funding via Elder Services. – MV Times

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands will be awarding $130,000 of federal funding to more than a dozen local partners that provide services to the region’s older adults, the organization said in a press release this week.

Island grantees of the community federal grants include M.V. Center for Living, which will allocate those funds to providing a shopping shuttle service that will enable older and disabled adults to do their weekly grocery shopping and errands without additional assistance.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services was also awarded funds, which will provide in-home short-term assessment, intervention, and referral for those 60 and older, with issues related to mental health or substance abuse.

Per its mission statement, the nonprofit Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is the region’s aging agency, which is dedicated to “promoting the welfare, enhancing the quality of life, and maintaining the dignity of adults as they age.” 

Funding decisions are made by an advisory committee, based on input received via public hearings and community needs assessments.