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The last few months have been hard on all of us.

COVID-19 has spread more than disease: it has spread isolation, loneliness, and fear. Usually, we talk about this trifecta in terms of seniors. Now, we know it’s wreaking havoc on everyone. It is easy in times like this to look inward to your own: your own family, your own household, your own job. Survival mode keeps us alive, and supporting our families is important. However, today, we’re going to ask you to go one step further. Look outwards.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

For most of us, this time of isolation will pass. For many lonely seniors, it is permanent. That’s why, in times like this, sticking together while staying apart is crucial.
Right now there’s so much we don’t know. Before COVID-19, we enjoyed coming together to recognize our volunteers, honor our donors, and enjoy the community we all support. Now, we don’t know when we’ll see your beautiful faces in person again. We don’t know when we’ll hold our next VIP Film Fundraiser or our Bridging Generations Breakfast. We aren’t even sure when we’ll return to our offices, where we love having you visit.

But we do know one thing: we are here for you. We were here for you before, and we’re still here for you now. We haven’t gone anywhere. Our services are evolving to continue supporting seniors while keeping our volunteers safe. And we’re working hard to collaboratewith our partners, connecting clients to expert resources that meet their additional needs.

If you’re not in a position to give now, during our match campaign, we understand. Our support is not conditional.  But, if you can’t make a financial donation today, make an emotional one for us: call a loved one today. If you’re lucky enough to still have your parents or grandparents, call them. If you have a favorite aunt or uncle, reach out to them today. If you’re worrying about your kids, children or adult, shoot them a message or give them a hug. Because always remember: physically together or socially distanced: We are better together.

Every donation counts, no matter the amount. If 10 people gave $25 today, that $250 would help 5 lonely seniors combat loneliness for a year. It would offer a year of technology training for senior-aged volunteer tutors to help children not only learn to read – but love to read.  Or it would offer a home-delivered hot meals to low-income frail elders who are afraid to venture out.

Your past support helped seniors age in place, with dignity.  Today, your gift in any amount will go twice as far.

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