October 1, 2021 | Monthly News & Updates
Osceola Council on Aging: Mercedes Car Raffle
Win A Car. Help Osceola Residents.

Wouldn’t this 2021 Mercedes GLA make an amazing family car? Buy a raffle ticket today and help the Osceola Council on Aging support our seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty. It all starts with a $25 donation.
Years ago getting donations was easy. Mail a bunch of people, and wait for the checks to arrive. Recently, with COVID19 we are finding it more difficult to attain donations to support our residents. Hosting this Mercedes car raffle will help replace the many fundraisers we were unable to host this year.

It’s a win-win!! The raffle will help subsidize needed donations, and one lucky donor gets a chance to WIN A CAR.

The odds of winning this Mercedes are better than winning the lottery. So why not give to a cause you believe in? If not interested in the Car Raffle you are welcome to just donate.

Here’s how it works:
  • There is no donation limit, so get as many raffle tickets as you want to enter to win – $25/ticket
  • Tickets are on sale now and will be sold until the drawing at Osceola County Council on Aging New Year's Eve on December 31st.

Golden Anniversary Brunch: Few days left!!

Join Us VIRTUALLY from the comfort of your HOME or OFFICE as we CELEBRATE 50 YEARS of service in Osceola County. With 50 years of history in serving Osceola County seniors and their families, we have much to be thankful for. Along with celebrating our 50th Anniversary we are looking to raise awareness and support to continue serving the community for the next 50 YEARS!

DATE: Thursday, October 7, 2021
TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
BRUNCH DETAILS: $15 for 1 Chicken & Waffle To Go Meal
Meal Pickup at the Council on Aging from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CATERED BY: Big John's Rockin' BBQ

**Proceeds benefit Osceola Council on Aging Programs**

"I became aware of the Council on Aging when my wife was volunteering in the Congregate Dining Program. A year later, I was hired onto the team and have enjoyed working at the Council on Aging. Working here helps keep me active and feeling useful. I consider everyone at the Council family to me. When I was in the hospital earlier this year, they were sending me well wishes and a speedy recovery."
Osceola Council on Aging Testimonials:
"Before moving to Osceola County, I was working for a local hospital with their clients. When I moved to Kissimmee, Florida, I wanted to donate my time to something similar. I am glad I found OCOA Meals on Wheels. Several years later, I still enjoy enlightening our senior's day and helping them feel safe and secure."

-Joe Waskelis, Meals on Wheels Volunteer

Our mission is to provide services to enable independence and self-sufficiency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty; and that's exactly what we do! If you have a testimonial and would like us to share it with the community, please feel free to submit them to We will be sharing client testimonials monthly on our website and Facebook page.
Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Here are 15 interesting facts About National Hispanic Heritage Month:

  1. In June 1968, California Congressman George E. Brown first introduced Hispanic Heritage Week to commemorate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, according to
  2. In 1987, U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed expanding the week-long observance to a month. He wanted more time to allow the nation to "properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement."....

Osceola Council on Aging Wishlist

We would like to introduce you to our new Osceola Council on Aging Wishlist. From time to time, we receive inquires with regards to both the agency and clients' needs. we have developed this wishlist to help you know what our needs are.

We greatly appreciated each and every one of you that have donated in the past and to those who would like to donate to help us better meet the needs in our community.

Platinum Seal of Transparency

Our organization earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency!
Now, everyone can see our strategy, metrics, and achievements.

Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid:


The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), provides financial assistance to low-income households in meeting the cost of home heating and cooling to Osceola County residents.

You may be eligible if:
  • You are an Osceola Resident
  • Your Household is at or below 60% of the State Median Income (see chart). Effective October 1, 2021
  • You have a past due utility bill or been recently disconnected (For Crisis assistance only).

We will start taking applications again Monday, October 4th at 9:00 am.

*Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at

Thursday, October 21st - Finance Committee* 12:00 P.M.
Wednesday, October 27th - Executive Committee* 3:00 PM & Board of Directors* 3:30 P.M.
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need.Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

Thank You!