Vendors needed for senior fair event

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center is currently accepting vendors for its first annual senior fair, which will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center on Friday, Sept. 14.

"Our main goal is to provide local seniors with access to the services available in the local area," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "We also want to encourage as many seniors, 55 and up, and adult caretakers of seniors as we can to attend the event."

Although there are many services available to seniors in the local area, some local residents may not be aware of the services or know how to receive more information on how the service can benefit them.

"A couple of years ago, a woman came into my office and was talking about a service she requested for her mom and dad that I didn't know existed," said Reed. "I called the business and requested some pamphlets, but I thought as a person who works in a service organization, if I don't know what services are available then there are senior citizens who don't know what is available."

When OACAC Neighborhood Centers in the region began looking for a new community service project, Reed suggested an event that would gather area businesses and service providers into one location and give area seniors an opportunity to learn more about the services available to them.

"We want to get as many providers here as we can who provide essential services for seniors," said Reed. "We invite any business that provides services that seniors need or can use to participate."

Reed hopes to see the following types of services represented at the fair: medical, dental, vision, hearing, insurance, financial, legal, home health, long-term care, emotional health, nutrition, end-of-life, advanced directives and funeral pre-planning.

Businesses and organizations can obtain a vendor application at the Barry County Neighborhood Center, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. Vendors will not be charged for booth space.

Admission to the senior fair is free. In addition to visiting vendor booths, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for door prize drawings that will be held throughout the event.

Business sponsors and door prize donations are needed for the event. Reed is also accepting volunteers to help with the event planning.

For more information, call Reed at 847-2140.

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