MNRAAA History and Purpose
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® , Inc. (MNRAAA)
Since January 1, 2005, the Area Agency on Aging office in Willmar has been referred to as the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) – Willmar Office. The MNRAAA administrative office is located in Mankato. MNRAAA is a non-profit corporation that covers 27 counties in Southwest Minnesota and currently has offices in Mankato, Slayton and Willmar.
MNRAAA-Willmar Office is a program of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission. The MMDC provides aging services to MNRAAA under a service contract. MMDC also has two positions on the MNRAAA Governing Board.
The goal of the Area Agency of Aging is to assist Older Minnesotans to live independent, meaningful, dignified lives in their hometowns or places of residence. Area Agencies on Aging were established under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) to respond to the needs of Americans aged 60 and over in every community. MNRAAA is one of seven Area Agencies on Aging in the state, designated by the Minnesota Board on Aging to provide three critical functions: OAA funding administration, community planning and service development, and information and assistance.
MNRAAA’s Mission Statement
The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. is the gateway to resources for older adults, caregivers and service providers in the twenty-seven counties of southwest Minnesota.
MNRAAA’s Service Area
The Minnesota Board on Aging has designated the following 27 counties as being under the Southwest Minnesota Planning Service Area: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine.