Over 25 years ago, individuals representing a coalition of community and government agencies, businesses, corporations and other individuals interested in senior services for older adults began a monthly networking meeting. The networking meeting provided an opportunity to share information, resources, and education with one another throughout the Frederick County Maryland community.
Various businesses and agencies took turns hosting networking meetings and the informal group named themselves the Elder Services Provider Council (ESPC). After several years of networking and educational meetings, an effort was developed to host an annual resource and education fair for seniors and families of Frederick County.
In 1991, the first Elder Expo was held at a local school with community members invited to attend. The ESPC has offered an annual Elder Expo for 25 years. Over the years, the event has moved from various locations in order to accommodate the growing size of attendees and exhibitors. Today, the Expo annually welcomes approximately 600+ seniors and 76 exhibitors, a free lunch for those over the age of 60, as well as health screenings and flu shots.
Monthly networking meetings for ESPC members continue to be held at the Frederick County Department of Aging building. Anyone is invited to attend and learn more about senior services, programs and resources. Each monthly meeting has a host, a speaker relevant to a senior topic and time for information exchange and announcements.
The ESPC has recently begun to award Charitable Gifts to qualifying non-profit organizations that provide direct and much needed services to seniors in Frederick County.