The Commission on Aging is involved in many special/community events throughout the county. We are able to participate in these special events, thanks to the help of countless volunteers. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, please see our volunteers page.
Baskets of Bounty
Food and personal care items are packaged and delivered to senior citizens in need, who will be alone during the holiday season. The Baskets of Bounty program exists due to donations of time and funding from employees, residents, groups and businesses. A huge thanks to all those involved with the Baskets of Bounty program!
Intergenerational Card Program
Each year, local grade school students make holiday cards for our clients. These cards have become a favorite part of the holidays for our clients. Thank you to all of the students who take the time to create these lovely cards.
From May - October, AARP volunteers conduct an 8-hour Driver Safety Course (over a 2 day period) through the Commission on Aging, specially designed for mature drivers. Appointments are taken beginning - mid-April and AARP charge a fee for this program.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our May 2021 class has been canceled. If we are able to provide a September course we will post that information here.
The commission on Aging also participates in and/or hosts this program/ service.
Reservations are required, please contact our office at 231-922-4688, or toll-free at 877-686-4688, to schedule an appointment.
During the months of February, March and April - volunteers from AARP assist senior citizens in completing simple tax returns, at no charge, through the Commission on Aging.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Tax appointments have been canceled until further notice. At this time unknown if AARP will allow their Volunteers to continue with the free tax program. More information will follow as soon as it is available.
To qualify to have your taxes completed you must be:
A Grand Traverse County resident
Age 60 or older
You must be of low or middle income
You must have a simple tax return to complete
Advance registration is required. Scheduling will begin in January each year for appointments starting February 1. Contact us at 231-922-4688, or toll free at 877-686-4688, to schedule your appointment.
The Commission on Aging also participates in and/or hosts this program/ service.
Bay Area Senior Advocates (B.A.S.A.) hosts this expo of collective solutions for changes that area families may experience when aging. The Commission on Aging participates with over 100 exhibitors in the Ideas for Life Expo, offering services available to seniors in our community. Visit their website.
The Commission on Aging participates in and/or hosts this program/service.