|Aust named to Council of Aging’s Status of Women’s commission
The Council on Aging has appointed Director of Social and Financial Services Connie Aust to the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women.
The appointment was made by Supervisor Efren Carrillo. Aust is a Fifth District appointee. She’ll bring to the table her insights on the needs of women over 60.
The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established in 1975 to promote equal rights and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls and to address issues of discrimination and prejudice that negatively affect women in Sonoma County.
“Connie Aust will bring her incredible background of community service and her wealth of experience serving seniors and the disadvantaged in Sonoma County to the Commission on the Status of Women,” Carrillo said. “It is always gratifying to be able to appoint an individual of such high caliber, and we are pleased that Ms. Aust is willing to serve in this capacity and further the important work of the Commission.”
Aust, a licensed professional fiduciary, has been with the Council on Aging for 22 years. As a teen, she wanted to be a social worker to the elderly and returned to this dream full time after completing her BA is Sociology at Sonoma State University.
Pursuing an internship at the organization and then coming on full time, she has seen the Social and Financial Services Department grow from one person balancing checkbooks to the multi-level support service that is today.
“Our seniors kept asking for more and more support services, which led to the expansion in staff and services that we have today,” Aust said.
“We believe Ms. Aust brings her extensive knowledge and experience in senior support in the community to the table,” said Marrianne McBride, president and CEO of the Council on Aging.
Council on Aging Services for Seniors is a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, which has been providing legal, financial, social and nutritional services for the aging population since 1966.
Meals on Wheels is a program of the Council on Aging Services for Seniors, which distributes no or low-cost healthy meals to seniors in Sonoma and Marin Counties with the exception of Penngrove and Petaluma.
With only 38 percent of its annual budget provided by State and Federal funding under the Older Americans Act., the balance of funding needed each year is generated through donations from clients and the general public, fundraising events, and grants.