Willow Eaton became the executive director of Key Peninsula Community Services in October.
KPCS runs a senior center with a variety of classes, social events and field trips, and offers assistance with anything from dealing with Medicaid to balancing a checkbook. There is also a food bank available to anyone who is hungry.
“I have over 20 years experience working with seniors and most recently was running senior programming for the city of Tacoma,” Eaton said. “The primary focus right now is increasing participation in the senior center by increasing programming options.”
KPCS served 227 individual seniors last year, she said, in any number of visits.
“We have two new programs coming up: On the third Thursday of every month we’ll have a themed potluck and if you follow the theme you get entered into a drawing to win a prize,” Eaton said.
“But what I’m most excited about is that Titus-Will (car dealership) is sponsoring a dance with live music on the last Friday of every month to celebrate birthdays. We’ll start with old style rock ’n’ roll, and we’ll see how it goes from there as to what people like. I’d like to have a lot of people participate because it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Eaton has lived just north of Wauna for over 23 years. “This is my passion,” she said. “I love this community, I’m part of it, and I love working with seniors and this is a great program with a great reputation and I am just delighted to be a part of it.”
KPCS is located at 17015 9th Street Court NW, just south of the Home bridge on the KP Highway. Call 253-884-4440. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.