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Bauer: Leader of senior services will be missed

Donna Frederick begins retirement after years of helping local senior citizens.

The long-time executive director of a significant community agency is now enjoying her first days of retirement.

Donna Frederick started with Elderly United in January 1982 as volunteer coordinator of the “Mon Ami” Program, which provided visitation and socialization activities for lonely and isolated older citizens locally.

In 1989, that program evolved into the the Coordinated Assessments and Resources for the Elderly (CARE) Program. Funding from the Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Clark County Mental Health Board, Clark County and the city of Springfield, it transformed the former Fireoved/McCann Building intro the home for the CARE Program.

Frederick became the director of the program in 1990. Four years later, the Elderly United Board of Directors selected her to become executive director of the agency.

Current Board President Darrell Kitchen credits her with leading a comprehensive strategic planning process “that identified and addressed many of the needs associated with older adults in Clark County.”

He also points out, “She has expanded our reach and service base by reacquiring the Title III Homemaker Grant, added the Personal Care Service, established the Volunteer Guardianship Program, developed the Minority and Community Outreach initiatives, expanded the Medical Claims Service and Retired Senior Volunteer Program and added satellite offices in Enon and New Carlisle.”

“During her tenure”, Kitchen says, “the agency has seen overwhelming support from the community by passing multiple levies.”

And he adds Frederick has also been active in our community through various committees and projects, including the Ohio Association of Senior Centers (where she served on the Board of Trustees), vice president the Clark County Council on Aging, chairman of the Clark County Council’s Executive Committee, the United Way Allocations Committee, as a member of the Springfield Kiwanis Club, and many other service and project committees over the years.”

On Nov. 29, the Board of Directors of Elderly United of Springfield and Clark County, operating United Senior Services, unanimously voted to rename the CARE Program and its building “The Donna Frederick CARE Center. Kitchen pointed out that at a future time when a building may not be identifiable with CARE, the name will become “The Donna Frederick CARE Program.”

I have had the honor and privilege of serving on the Elderly United Board of Directors for some 10 years.

That rewarding time has been made easier and more enjoyable because of Donna’s hard work and leadership of the dedicated staff that makes the agency run so effectively and serves our community’s seniors so well throughout the year.

Thank you, Donna, and all the best in your retirement.

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