“There are 144 councils on aging nationwide and seven in the state,” said COA Director Joanne Moore. “This will help us with grant writing, and more importantly, it will help us figure out what we do and what we can do better.”
On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the COA is hosting a preliminary meeting on the accreditation process featuring Rochester COA Director Sharon Lally, who recently went through the accreditation process.
“We are currently recruiting volunteers from town government, local business, local media, as well as COA board members, volunteers and Senior Center participants to help with this process,” Moore said.
Moore said she is hoping to get about 30 volunteers for the meeting.
Those volunteers don’t necessarily have to be people who use the Senior Center for its COA activities. Moore said people who use the Senior Center for meetings or other activities are also invited to take part in the preliminary meeting and the accreditation process.
Once the preliminary information about the accreditation process through the National Institute of Senior Centers is discussed, smaller groups will be formed to look at nine specific areas that need to be focused on.
Those areas of focus include purpose, commitment, governance, administration, program planning, evaluation, fiscal management, recreation and facilities.
“It will take about six to nine months for the self-assessment and then we send that information back to the National Institute of Senior Centers,” Moore said. “It’s an exciting process. Hingham just completed the process last year and Plymouth is going to start as well, so it is a trend.”
Moore said the national institute will then review the assessment and then send someone out on a site visit to the Senior Center.
Regardless of the outcome, Moore said, the process will help the COA determine its strengths and weaknesses and how it can better provide services for Duxbury’s population.