The Burlington County Senior Expo is making its long-awaited return next week and it will be the biggest one yet with nearly 50 vendors and community service providers participating.
The annual expo gives county residents of all ages the opportunity to undergo free health screenings, shred confidential documents, meet adoptable pets and learn more about the multitude of services offered by Burlington County and other government agencies and service providers.
This year’s expo will be the 21st organized by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington County Commissioners and Burlington County Office on Aging, and the first since 2019. It will held Wednesday, June 14, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at the Masonic Village Fellowship Center, 1114 Oxmead Road in Burlington Township.
“Senior citizens make Burlington County their home because of the wonderful activities, programs and businesses we have here, so we want to ensure that they can access the information they need about services and resources that can benefit them and their families,” said Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson. “The Senior Expo is the perfect place to learn about services from our County and our many community and State partners.”
Burlington County Sheriff James Kostoplis said the expo provides a clearinghouse of information that can be useful for seniors and residents of all ages.
“The Senior Expo brings together dozens of agencies and organizations whose representatives can answer questions on all kinds of topics, ranging from home security, tax relief programs and health care, to nutrition, transportation and recreational opportunities,” Sheriff Kostoplis said. “It’s going to be a very informative event and we’re thrilled to bring it back following a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This year’s expo will feature dozens of vendors, agencies and providers, including state and county agencies, social service and health care providers, and other groups. Staff from Congressman Andy Kim’s office and the office of State Senator Troy Singleton will have tables for constituent services. The Masonic Home will also offer tours and a free lunch will be served to the first 500 attendees at 12:30 PM.
“The Burlington County Senior Expo is a great place for residents of all ages to discover ways to stay healthy and engaged, and my staff will be there to connect with constituents and assist them in any way we can,” Senator Singleton said. “I commend the Burlington County Sheriff and the County Commissioners for bringing this important event back and providing opportunities for residents to interact and learn about many services and programs that can benefit them and their families.”
A paper shredding truck will be on site to shred and recycle unwanted documents from 10 AM to 1 PM, and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Office will also be making senior identification cards and collecting on-activated cell phones for the offices 911 Cell Phone Program.
The cell phones will be reprogrammed to call 911 and are distributed for free to seniors to have an emergency resource inside and outside their homes.
Staff from the Burlington County Office on Aging will also be on site to help seniors apply for the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Program. The program distributes $50 vouchers redeemable for purchases of fresh produce at local farmers markets in the county, including the weekly Burlington County Farmers Market.
Sheriff’s Office agencies will also have information about community services, including the free home security and safety inspections offered to Burlington County seniors and residents with disabilities. During the inspections, a specialist goes through a resident’s home and make recommendations for various safety or security improvements or modifications.
The specialists will provide and install some security items at no charge, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door and window locks, emergency lights and door viewers (peepholes). To register for an inspection, call 609-265-5796.
“Keeping Burlington County residents safe is our top priority and the home inspections are one of the important services our office offers to advance that mission,” Kostoplis said.