Springwell as an Area Agency on Aging

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (the ACL, formerly the Administration on Aging) has developed a nationwide network of State and local Area Agencies on Aging to plan, coordinate and develop community-level systems of services that meet the unique needs of individual older persons and their caregivers. In Massachusetts, the State Unit on Aging is the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). Elder Affairs oversees and coordinates the efforts of the 22 local Area Agencies on Aging statewide.

Area Plan on Aging

As an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Springwell works to heighten awareness among other agencies, organizations, groups and the public about the needs of older people, and to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them. Springwell endeavors to address the needs of all seniors and family caregivers in our area. We make special efforts to reach and prioritize the delivery of services to the following populations:

  • Elders who Live Alone (Isolated)
  • Low Income Elders
  • Minority Elder Populations
  • Socially Isolated Populations (including limited English-proficient elders and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders).

We do this by advocating for seniors, family caregivers and their concerns, directly providing some services such as nutrition and in-home services, and ensuring that other critical services such as transportation and legal advice are available through contracts with and grants to other agencies.

As a federally-designated Area Agency on Aging, Springwell is charged with creating a published plan for the cities of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston to address the needs of seniors; and ensuring that service needs identified in the plan are provided.

Download the complete Area Plan here.

Community Grants Program

April 28, 2017 – Springwell invites you to submit a proposal for funding under Title III-B of the Older Americans Act for legal assistance, transportation to medical appointments, guardianship or home-based mental health services. Title III-B awards will be made for federal fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). Award contracts are renewable for one additional year, contingent on availability of federal funds and satisfactory program performance. Approximate Title III-B funds available: $123,000

The Request for Proposals (RFP) information package that includes: the letter of intent, the guidelines for distribution of funds, award information and requirements, instructions for completing the proposal and all required forms, can be downloaded from this website (see links below, 4 documents in total).

Springwell Title III RFP For FY18

A Letter of Intent must be received by Springwell no later than May 26, 2017 by 5pm (electronic or hard copy). Completed proposals must be received no later than June 9, 2017 by 5pm (hard copy only). Springwell invites all prospective grantees to email technical assistance questions to Laura Vanderhill Associated Director of Community Services, at lvanderhill@springwell.com , by May 12, 2017. This is not mandatory.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Current Grantees

Title III grants are distributed by Springwell to community agencies in accordance with the Older Americans Act. These services are available to all people aged sixty and over living in: Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Weston. There are no income guidelines or cost for these services, but a voluntary, confidential donation is requested. Older adults interested in any of these services can call the agency directly. If anyone has any questions or concerns about any of these agencies or services, please contact the Associate Director of Community Services at Springwell, at (617) 926-4100.

Download the complete list of grantees here.

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