Home improvements/environmental safety and efficiency/cooling
by Life Center of Cumberland County
Clark and Cumberland counties are rural Illinois counties. Almost all our program participants are low-income. When senior and disabled community members become unable to safely navigate into or through their homes, we do our best to provide wheelchairs accessible ramps, grab bars, durable medical equipment and a home safety/fall risk assessments. We also strive to provide fans and window air conditioning units to those required to utilize oxygen and those with limiting lung and breathing issues. Providing these things makes life so much easier for those in need. All of these items, especially the wheelchair accessible ramps, are costly. One ramp has the potential to wipe out our yearly budget for home safety and improvements.
Our local middle school, Cumberland Middle, is excited to partner with us in raising money for Give65 in July. They are helping us host a Fortnite and Call of Duty video game tournament fundraiser. This will be a fun, intergenerational tournament. It will help Life Center raise money that is very much needed to continue functioning and providing imperative yet costly ramps and additional safety measures in the homes of some of the most senior and frail members of our community, all while the number of seniors and disabled people increase and funding remains virtually the same.
Thank you, in advance, for helping us continue to serve our community.
All of us were nourished by someone. Someone that loved us when we were unlovable and made us feel safe and protected. For many, that person was called Grandma or Grandpa. Grandparents enrich the lives of children and families. Having a stable presence in a child's life is invaluable.
We honor grandparents every day by giving money to programs that nurture and enrich the lives of seniors right here in the Ozarks. In the past two years, we have given over $116,000 to local senior centers. Please, join us. Give in honor or memory of someone that nourished you. Pass it on.
Hospice of the Conejo is the only organization in south/eastern Ventura County to provide long-term, therapist-led grief support, guidance, and counseling to seniors completely FREE OF CHARGE. The loss of someone or something significant in ones' life can adversely impact their physical and emotional health. There is a fine line between grief and clinical depression and many people need professional help to get through the grieving process. Our clients receive professional support that allows them to heal from the adverse emotional and physical affects that are presented by grief.
Our Newly Bereaved Senior support group not only provides grief counseling but also includes an independent-living curriculum to help seniors learn to take care of household duties on their own, as many are used to their spouse handling items like paying bills, using their I-Phones, grocery shopping, 'surfing' the web.
Your support will help seniors recover from the debilitating affect caused by grief and move positively forward with their lives.
Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank Home Delivery Program
by Making A Difference Foundation (MADF)
Thousands of elderly and disabled people in our community live on fixed incomes or limited social security benefits and often sacrifice nutritious, necessary food to pay for critical prescriptions, housing, utilities, and medical care. When they can buy food, they subsist on cheaper, poor quality, processed food which is a contributing factor to their health issues: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In Pierce County, Washington, the second largest county with 12% of the state's population, 1 in 6 citizens are food insecure, 12.4% live in poverty, 10.1% under the age of 65 live with a disability, and 55% of those 65+ live with a chronic disease. Healthy, fresh food is critical to the good health and wellbeing of this underserved, vulnerable population.
Making A Difference Foundation's Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is the third largest food bank in Pierce County, Washington, and has the largest home delivery program. Of the clients we serve, 45% receive home delivery due to health barriers that keep them homebound, unable to access normal food bank services. Home delivery serves the elderly and disabled in subsidized housing who struggle to acquire the healthy food they desperately need and reduces the safety barriers most of them experience when trying to obtain it. Home delivery is available four days per week with meal boxes averaging 25 lbs. of fresh and prepackaged, culturally sensitive, and special diet food, enough for about 6 meals. They also receive other needed items, including hygiene and household products and pet food.