Kelly McMullen, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
The Office for the Aging is a department that assists Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible in their own home with support. We work as advocates for seniors, offering information and referrals, as well as providing programs for a variety of services.
We have been helping the residents of Ulster County age with dignity for over 38 years. Please call for additional information.
The UCOFA Volunteer Program helps change lives:
Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein saved the The Volunteer Program. Read below the wonderful work our volunteers are doing and how it's changing lives:
Linda Young of Highland, NY, has been using the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a component of the UCOFA Volunteer Program for almost four years. Below is a quote from her. We hope it motivates you to want to be apart of our team as we are always looking for more drivers:
“I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for everything you do. Everybody at Neighbor to Neighbor does such a great job…Marvin, Phil, Cathie…all of them. I’ve been calling for more appointments than normal lately, and they are always there for me. I have to tell you that time riding with all that good energy has helped. I got really great news today, I’m clear of cancer. You don’t need to know that I guess, but I feel so happy today. I feel like Neighbor to Neighbor, and the drivers who are all volunteers, and their attitude about taking people where they need to go, has been part of my healing process. I’m sure it’s part of the healing process for a lot of others too. When something really good happens, I think that deserves a huge thank you. And so I’m calling to thank you for your assistance with this process that I’ve gone through. The help you’ve given me has been superior. All of your drivers are not only wonderful drivers, they’re always on time, they’re good conversationalists, and I can’t say enough good things about them. I just wanted to tell you that I am grateful for all you have given me.”
To learn more about the UCOFA Volunteer Program and on how you can become a volunteer click here:
A Message from Kelly McMullen
Director of the Office for the Aging--
On Friday, May 6th, 2016, I had the privilege attending the Westchester Community Opportunity Program’s (WestCOP) annual Upstate Foster Grandparent Recognition event at The Chateau in Kingston. I presented the Ulster County Proclamation for Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, declaring the day “Foster Grandparent’s Day of Recognition.”
The Foster Grandparent Program has been in existence since 1965 and is federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. WestCOP’S Foster Grandparent Program provides volunteer opportunities to low-income senior citizens. This program places eligible seniors in academic settings to work with young people throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and Orange counties. A Foster Grandparent volunteer must be a minimum of 55 years of age and income eligible. They receive a tax-free hourly stipend for their 15 to 35 hours of weekly service activities. As a Foster Grandparent you serve children who need some extra help in the classroom as a tutor and a mentor. You help children learn to read and discover math while assisting the teacher with a variety of other classroom activities
Please call our volunteer coordinator at the Ulster County OFA, Pat McDonough for more information about this volunteer opportunity or if there is something you might be interested in—845-802—7935.
The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein
I am pleased to join Ulster County Office for the Aging Director Kelly McMullen in announcing a new partnership with the United Way of Ulster County. Senior volunteers from the Office for the Aging will now have an opportunity to work collaboratively with the United Way’s women’s initiative, Raising HOPE: Women Mentoring Women to Success. Volunteers will have the option to participate in either a short-term or longer-term commitment. It may mean accompanying a woman to a medical appointment or assisting in completing a job application. Some volunteers may be interested in a longer commitment in which they work with a woman to establish a plan of action to achieve specific personal and professional goals. In either case, the Office for the Aging volunteers will be helping to make a difference by creating an avenue for success.
Our seniors are a valuable resource with many talents, skills and community connections which they can share with women participating in Raising Hope, women who have the will to succeed, but not always the way. I am pleased that our Office for the Aging is partnering with the United Way of Ulster County in this important endeavor which will positively change lives.
This partnership coincided with the conclusion of Older American’s Month and the theme “blaze a trail,” acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation as they advocate for themselves, their peers and their communities. For more information, please contact Pat McDonough at the Office for the Aging at 845-802-7935, the United Way of Ulster County at 845-331-4199, or visit http://www.raisinghopeulster.org.
Thank you for all you do throughout our community!
Mike Hein, County Executive
A Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein about The Senior of the Year
The Ulster County Senior of the Year Award is an annual recognition of two outstanding Ulster County’s senior citizens. Nominations are sent to the County from numerous groups and individuals telling us about exceptional seniors throughout the County. This year we are pleased to announce that James Gregston Greer of Walker Valley is the “Ulster County Senior Citizen of the Year,” and Barbara Sarah of Kingston is being recognized for the “Most Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen” in 2016. Ms. Sarah and Mr. Greer are two inspiring senior citizens who are appreciated for their dedication and endless contributions to our community. I would like to congratulate these extraordinary individuals and extend my deepest gratitude for their commitment in helping make Ulster County the finest place anywhere to live, learn, work, and raise a family. I feel proud that both these award winners will be representing Ulster County at the annual recognition luncheon in Albany on May 10th as part of New York State’s celebration of Older Americans Month.
Michael P. Hein, County Executive
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