Pictured L to R: Jennie Deese, CEO of ACCA; Donald Raines, Center for Active Living Member; Andrew Thorne, Representative of US Congressman Paul C. Broun; Kenna McConnell, Center for Active Living Manager; and Franklin Morrison, Center for Active Living Member
Recently, Donald, a Center for Active Living member wrote a letter to Congressman Paul C. Broun. In the letter, Donald wrote about his time at ACCA and how much he enjoys coming to the Center for Active Living each day. In his letter, he requested a few things from Mr. Broun, one of them being “To work with the staff of ACCA so that it shall always be sufficiently funded so that the Athens seniors shall continue to enjoy and to experience that activities, services, events and programs ACCA offers.” Donald told us about the letter but did not expect to get anything in return. Well, he did! The office responded telling Donald that either Congressman Paul Broun or an office representative wanted to visit ACCA in the next couple of weeks. This morning, Andrew Thorne, a representative from Broun’s office came to visit ACCA and talk with Donald. Kenna McConnell, Center for Active Living Program Director, had this to say “My heart is filled with joy to know that our clients are putting themselves out there and advocating for ACCA!” Thank you Donald and we appreciate the attention you brought to ACCA.
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The Athens Community Council on Aging had its first advocacy group to meet this morning at the Athens Community Council on Aging campus. The group of community members will be working directly with Jennie Deese, Chief Executive Officer of ACCA on local, state and national issues surrounding the older adult population. The group will be working in partnership with the Georgia Council on Aging which meets regularly for trainings concerning aging issues, planning and evaluating advocacy strategies and outcomes, discussing issues which affect the aging community as a whole, and selecting legislative and budget priority issues which CO-AGE will support. For a schedule of upcoming CO-AGE meetings, click HERE. If you would like to be involved with this local group, please contact Jennie Deese at 706-549-4850 or email at email@example.com.