Ann Brightwell

When did you first become involved with volunteering in the community?
I decided I wanted to be a volunteer and began doing my first volunteer work in June after retiring from teaching at Clarke Central.  Before retirement, teaching occupied too much time to allow for volunteerism although I did do some light volunteer work for the church.  I view retirement as a second career that involved having fun while doing something of value.

What inspired you to do volunteer work?
My dad, Hamilton Brightwell.  After his retirement, also from teaching, he helped set up the local council on aging in the small city we lived in Union, Missouri.  He was involved with volunteer opportunities through the church, an alderman, and also involved with the Lion’s Club and other civic organizations.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t out and about volunteering in the community?
I love to walk, eat local, and hang out with friends.

Our motto at ACCA is “Live Well.  Age Well.”  What is your secret to living well and aging well?
Walking is a must for me.  I also enjoy my yoga classes and being sure I find time to rest.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I view my home as a sanctuary and really value my quiet downtime.  I think it’s really important to avoid running on fumes.  I really work towards staying relaxed through my walking, yoga, and friendships.

Latest News & Events

Meals on Wheels Receives $2,500 from Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Grant!
Meals on Wheels Receives $2,500 from Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Grant!

The Athens Community Council on Aging is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support Will’s Pet Pantry, a pet support program of ACCA. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and veterinary care for the pets of local seniors, […]

see more

SCSEP Works!
SCSEP Works!

After several years of unsuccessful job searching, Gladys came to the Senior Community Service Employment Program looking for help. While training with the program, she established a wonderful support system and learned valuable skills needed to get back into the workforce. Through a partnership with The Classic Center, she was […]

see more

Check out our latest issue of Connections!
Check out our latest issue of Connections!

  Click here to check out our latest issue of Connections! Learn more about the latest happenings at ACCA, four-legged fur kids, our friends from Frankie and Andy’s Place, and pet friendly places to visit around town. We love this issue and know you will, too!

see more

Here’s how you can help our mission