Faith in Action North Lakeland was recently awarded a $15,000 Impact Polk grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation for its “Great Opportunities to Serve” program. The program provides elderly, frail and the homebound living below the poverty level with nonmedical assistance for things that they can no longer perform or afford, including transportation to medical or other appointments, shopping, reading and bill-paying.
Aging / Older Adults
The eight organizations will use the funding to create new and unique programs that will improve community health, including Health Foundation of South Florida’s Florida Health Networks.
The Healthy Living, Healthy Aging program will focus on significantly increasing the number of older adults receiving self-management education and support for prevention and management of chronic conditions. The program will include training for ten community health educators and will engage a minimum of 3,000 older adults with information about self-management education.
There are countless youth programs all across the state for a variety of interests, yet there's an ever-growing need for programs to support the active senior community. Arts in Action is geared to engage seniors with affordable eight-week-long courses that foster creativity, artistry and community. This program is presented by Central Florida Community Arts, sponsored by the Winter Park Health Foundation and is in partnership with area organizations.
The needs among the uninsured, especially those 50 and older, will continue to grow, according to a study last year by the Community Foundation of Collier County.
As the first city in Florida to be designated by the World Health Organization as an Age-Friendly Community, Sarasota has spent the past two years formulating a path forward. A team of people from academia, business and nonprofits has surveyed local people, brought resources together and begun collaborations for learning and sharing ideas that work. It is an exciting time.
Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County is launching a program to help older adults meet their transportation needs. This membership-based, pilot volunteer driver program called JET Express is intended to help older adults in both the Jewish and general community remain active and independent by accessing safe and reliable transportation with community volunteers.
An action plan to help improve the quality of life for Suncoast residents is now complete. The effort is called Age Friendly Sarasota and its goal is to promote a community that benefits people of all ages.
The Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation made a one-time grant of $100,000 to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice House Endowment Fund recently in support of programs and services provided at VNA’s Hospice House in Vero Beach. The couple plan to continue their philanthropic efforts through a donor-advised fund at the Indian River Community Foundation. The VNA and Hospice Foundation was one of five community organizations to receive a one-time grant from the McCabes during the luncheon.
Debbie Caneen, president of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging in SCC, said that the coalition is a close ally of Byrd Institute. She said that the coalition has been proactive in providing information about memory care and credited a grant by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay which helps defray expenses.
Haitz also recently established the Henry B. Haitz III Family Fund of Manatee Community Foundation in connection with the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, which is a Founders’ 50 Fund, established to endow philanthropic interests of Lakewood Ranch residents.