Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Isabella County Community Development

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Elk Viewing Sleigh Ride


Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride & Elk Viewing at Thunder Bay Resort Includes Gourmet Fireside Dining & Wine Tasting
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Cost: $139.00

Experience the Magic of Thunder Bay Resort's Award-Winning Elk Viewing, Horse-Drawn Sleigh/Carriage Ride, Fireside Dining & Wine Tasting Event! Described as a "real-life fairy tale" and declared by USA Today as a "Top 10" Event, escape to Northern Michigan and let Thunder Bay Resort treat you to an adventure like never before.


Have a Heart Needs Your Support

have-a-heartThe generosity of the people of Isabella County is well known. For this reason, the Commission on Aging is again asking for assistance with the agency’s “Have a Heart Project”. 

For the past 25 years, community members have answered the call to help our friends and neighbors with needs such as utility costs, prescription costs and mileage costs for medical appointments.  People in need continue to request assistance from the COA; and  thanks to our community partners, we are able to help answer many of the requests.


Free Tax Preparation Available

taxformThe Isabella County Commission on Aging is once again coordinating with the AARP Tax-Aide program to assist area citizens by providing free income tax preparation with free e-filing available.  This service is provided to low and middle income taxpayers.  Appointments for all sites except Dover Court, Riverview and Winchester Towers must be made by calling the Commission on Aging.  Dover Court, Riverview and Winchester Towers should call their building office.


Elder Abuse

The No Excuse for Elder Abuse program is an awareness campaign in Michigan that was created to inform the public about the growing problem of elder abuse and financial exploitation. Elder Abuse is more than just a family matter and it is believed that 1 in 10 older adults are suffering from elder abuse. Nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse were reported in 2012. Some examples of elder abuse include:


Home Improvement Program

Could your home use some improvements? Isabella County has a program to help! The Isabella County Community Development Department works with qualifying low to moderate income households in Isabella County to provide the resources they need to maintain safe, decent, and attractive homes.

Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: roofs, furnaces, siding, insulation, window and door replacement, electrical and wiring upgrades. For more information call us at (989) 317-4061.

Friendly Visitors Needed...

Friendly Visiting is a program where volunteers of all ages are matched with homebound older adults who just need a friend to visit and interact with to help brighten their day.

Our Friendly Visiting Program is for you if you have...


Reception-Ambassadors Needed

receptiondeskDo you have experience working with a multi-line phone? Have you worked in customer service?

If you enjoy a professional office atmosphere which includes greeting visitors and performing general clerical duties, the Commission on Aging needs you!


Friendly Caller Program

The Isabella County Commission on Aging offers Friendly Calling service to Isabella County older adults and their families. The Friendly Calling program is available to any older adult who would like or benefit from a daily telephone call. Calls can be temporary while recuperating from an illness, or calls can be arranged on a permanent basis. Older individuals do not need to be homebound. Perhaps they are isolated and would just like someone to say hello to them each day.


Ride Buddies

Do you love to work with children?  Ride Buddies are Gold Key Volunteers who ride the I Ride buses to provide assistance, security and a friendly presence to all young children riding alone. If you enjoy working with young children, this might be the volunteer opportunity for you!


Food With Friends Gift Certificates

gift certificateAre you looking for a good way to introduce friends or family members to the Food with Friends Program? Try giving them a gift certificate. Gift certificates are also great for regulars to our sites.