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Oxford Township awarded $5,000 grant for senior center enhancements

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January 23, 2020
A $5,000 grant to enhance the Oxford Township Senior Center was awarded to the township parks and recreation department by the Almont-based Four County Community Foundation (4CCF). Oxford received the exciting news on Jan. 23.
Last month, the township, on behalf of its parks and recreation department, applied for a $10,568 grant to purchase an assortment of outdoor furniture, an eight-burner propane gas grill and a sound system/podium for the senior center that opened in May 2019. The center is located inside the 132-acre Seymour Lake Township Park.
The township pursued this grant as part of its ongoing efforts to provide a public space for senior citizens that's appealing, accessible, safe and inclusive.
By providing additional amenities, this project is designed to attract more senior citizens to the center and park; increase their participation in programs, events, classes and leisure activities; improve their overall mental and physical health by getting them out of the house and heightening their level of social engagement; and help combat the loneliness, isolation, depression, anxiety and stress that can plague people as they age. 
Recreation Specialist and Senior Coordinator Dawn Medici and C.J. Carnacchio, the township's communications and grants manager, worked together on this grant proposal.
“On behalf of Oxford Township and its senior citizens, I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Four County Community Foundation for selecting our project,” Carnacchio said. “We truly appreciate your support and we promise to put this money to good use. We value our seniors in Oxford and we want to ensure that they have the highest quality of life possible. This grant will help us do that."
The Oxford Township Senior Center offers 3,126 square feet of indoor space for gathering, socializing, eating, programs and classes. It contains a pool table, a warming kitchen, computers, cupboards filled with books, magazines, puzzles and board games, comfortable chairs and card tables. Programs and classes currently offered to folks age 55 and older include painting, cooking, computers and technology, model airplane history, mahjong, bingo, book club, line dancing and quilting.
Just outside of the senior center is a dedicated space for playing bocce, shuffleboard and horseshoes. A pickleball court is also nearby inside the park.
The Four County Community Foundation’s mission is to serve the corners of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties. Since its establishment in 1987, the organization has awarded approximately $8 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about the Four County Community Foundation and all of the good work it does, please visit www.4ccf.org.

About the Charter Township of Oxford
With the bustling M-24 corridor running through the heart of it, the Charter Oxford of Township is home to more than 20,000 residents (including the Village of Oxford). 
Its diverse business community ranges from a revitalized, historic downtown district that’s listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places to a thriving manufacturing sector. Downtown Oxford has a nationally-accredited Main Street program.
The community has more than 500 acres of public parkland spread across four township parks and two village parks. The Polly Ann Trail, a 16.9-mile linear park that was recognized as a Pure Michigan Trail earlier this year, runs through both the village and township, and is heavily used by walkers, runners, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. 
The world-class, award-winning Oxford school district includes a high school, middle school, five elementary schools and a virtual academy.
Oxford is served by a professional fire department that protects the community 24-7. 
Oxford is home to the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), which provides low-cost, publicly-subsidized transportation for senior citizens, individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities, and low-income residents. 
For more information, please visit www.oxfordtownship.org or call (248) 628-9787.
 

 
Contact:
C.J. Carnacchio, Communications and Grants Manager
(248) 420-6630

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