Lyman Chapin (2nd from left) joins Stanley Bright, COA Board Chair, George Jamieson, and John Filbin, COA Treasurer, in dedicating a recently installed plaque honoring his parents Hugh and Judy Chapin for the many valuable contributions they made to the Chapin Senior Center.
HISTORY & MISSION OF THE COA
To promote, develop, and reinforce programs that support and enhance the health, well-being, dignity, and independence of older people in the nine towns of the greater Kearsarge area.
To serve the needs and interests of people aged 55 years and older who reside in the towns of Andover, Danbury, Grantham, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, and Wilmot.
We envision a large, vibrant community of engaged seniors, particularly those who are at risk of losing their self-sufficiency, regularly participating in COA's programs, sharing our broader organizational values, and supporting our mission.
Like people of all ages, we continue to value a senior community that celebrates;
- capabilities and ambitions
- willingness to grow and develop as humans
- a need and desire to build relationships and socialize with others
- a quest for achievement
- access to sources of information, help with problems, and opportunities to share with and learn from individuals with similar experiences and circumstances
- integration within their families and communities
COA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Below are our s trustees, representing our communities and the people we are honored to serve:
Stanley Bright, New London
John Filbin, New London
Bill Gundy, New London
Jeana Newbern, New London
Dave Payne, New London
Elaine Eaton, Newbury
Bryon Traynor, Sunapee
Mary Thayer, Newbury
Daniel Parish, New London
Robert Prohl, Elkins
Jane Hopwood, Elkins
COA: 2018 BY THE NUMBERS
The total annual operating budget for the COA, representing a tightly and responsibly managed fiscal approach to one of New Hampshire’s more effective community organizations.
Participation units: when members regularly enjoy the variety of interesting and life-enhancing programs, activities, and services provided by COA.
The number of volunteer hours contributed by 142 volunteers this past year!
Our annual membership dues. COA has a long tradition of providing free membership.
Professional staff, managing the operations, outreach, and development of COA.
The number of programs and activities regularly offered at our Chapin Senior Center and off site throughout the nine area communities we serve.
Members who participate in COA programs and activities, and donors who generously provide charitable support for our programs and facility. In 1996, COA had 628 members!
The total number of miles provided in 2018 through our Transportation Program. COA’s transportation program provides free transport to and from healthcare providers, for grocery shopping and important errands, and to and from the Chapin Senior Center, as examples.
Square Miles. The area encompassing the nine New Hampshire communities served by COA, which includes Andover, Danbury, Grantham, Newbury, New London, Sunapee, Sutton, Springfield, and Wilmot. The total population in these communities is 20,868, with an average of 20% (4,173) being seniors.
The number of hours that our Chapin Senior Center is open each year, serving the diverse needs of our region’s elders with such popular programs as Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group, Night at the Movies, Bridge, and Breakfast Club Book Discussion.
The total number of participation units in our Outdoor Recreation for Seniors group (ORFS) since 1998. ORFS continues to draw incredible numbers of active seniors, sometimes attracting several dozen outdoor enthusiasts at popular outdoor events.
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The Chapin Senior Center is the Town of New London’s “First Open” Daytime Warming Center for winter emergencies and Cooling Center for summer heat waves. Open to all during our regular business hours who require a balanced temperature due to seasonal weather swings, our Center serves the greater New London area.
Businesses sponsoring COA. Local businesses understand the vital importance the COA play in the lives of our seniors and continue to generously contribute.
The number of volunteers who regularly staff our Center’s front reception desk, providing welcoming smiles, thoughtful conversation, and helpful information to anyone who calls or visits.