Knox County Livable Communities has launched a county-wide survey for all adult residents of Knox County to share their opinions about the quality of life for people throughout the region. The survey can be found online at surveymonkey.com/r/KCLivableCommunities. Paper copies can be requested by calling 596-6477.

This survey takes approximately ten minutes and the completion deadline is Sept. 30. Two local randomly selected residents of Knox County will be who respond to the survey will win a $50 gift card.

The survey is one of the first projects of the Knox County Livable Communities since joining the AARP Network of Age Friendly states and communities in 2019. Over 70 communities throughout Maine are currently members of the network, with Maine becoming the sixth state in the nation to receive Age Friendly designation in October 2019.

The Knox County project is coordinated by MCH Inc., a non-profit serving all of Knox County whose mission is to empower individuals, primarily older adults and people with disabilities, to maintain independent lives by providing access to housing, Meals on Wheels and support services.

The county-wide survey is one of the first keys steps in the project. Individual survey information is anonymous. Responses will indicate what people view as their region’s strengths, needs and possibilities for the future. It will help planners gain knowledge from a cross-section of each community and the county as a whole.

The goal is to glean information to help Knox County and its municipalities continue to make this a region of livable communities for people of all ages. Vinalhaven, a town within Knox County, is working on their own Age-Friendly Project tailored to their community, but residents of Vinalhaven are encouraged to respond to this survey to inform county wide activities as well. More information about the Age Friendly movement can be found at AARP.org/Livable.