Our Issue: Aging

Our Issue: Aging

One League; one mission; one community-based impact model. 

In May 2012, the membership of the Junior League of Greensboro had a decision. Did members want the JLG to continue funding a number of programs that broadly impacted our community? Or did members want the JLG to shift its time, talent and treasure toward a focused, singular community impact initiative?

The membership voted for the JLG to make a strategic, historic move to concentrate all of the League’s community impact initiatives on one issue. Since that time much thought and research has gone into determining the issue best served by the resources and talent of the League. During the 2016–2017 League year, we directed our focus to the needs of the aging population. The proposal process was opened to community organizations interested in partnering with the League to address the needs older adults.

Why Aging

Demographic projections show the percentage of the population in Greensboro age 65 and older will likely grow at faster rates than other age categories for many years in the future. While many adults are living longer, healthier lives, a large number need help with transportation, housing modifications, access to nutritious food, and continued social interaction.

Our Partners

Over the past year the Junior League of Greensboro has worked diligently to identify organizations throughout Greensboro that serve older adults and their caregivers.

Corporation for Guardianship- Friends Against Fraud $10,000 | 8-10 Volunteers

Corporation of Guardianship provides support for approximately 125 older adults in the community with anticipated outreach increase to 350 seniors. The Project program is offered to the community to help raise awareness of elder financial abuse and to help prevent older adults from being financially exploited. Volunteers will plan and promote events, act as trainers at the events, and help with day-of event logistics.

 

Community Housing Solutions- Aging Gracefully $8,000 | 10-20 Volunteers

In partnership with Community Housing Solutions of Guilford, this project involves providing services to elderly people who cannot physically or financially do the repairs or modifications themselves. Junior League volunteers, guided by CHS staff members, will assist with repairs and construction at six Saturday events.

UNCG Parks for All People $8,000 | 10-20 Volunteers

In partnership with UNCG’s Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation and the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department, this project involves the rehabilitation of the Smith Senior Center in the Fairview Park neighborhood to better serve the aging community’s recreational and leisure preferences. Smith Senior Center is the only recreation center in Greensboro which focuses primarily on senior adults. Junior League volunteers will participate in community meetings with members of the aging community, the City of Greensboro Parks and Rec personnel, and the Greensboro Citizen Participation Board in order to solicit information to meet the needs of the aging community in park spaces. JLG volunteers will also assist with 10 workdays over the course of a year and help to plan a final celebration at the culmination of the project.

Food Assistance- Groceries on Wheels $2,500 | 4-5 Volunteers

Food Assistance serves seniors (62+) and low income families without transportation in Guilford County who are homebound and not receiving Mobile Meals or substantial food stamps. Junior League volunteers will assist in the warehouse.

 

Junior League Kids in the Kitchen $600 | 5-6 Volunteers

Kids in the Kitchen is a national Junior League initiative that began in 2006. Kids in the Kitchen addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity by using hands-on curriculum that educates both the parent and child on healthy eating choices. Junior League volunteers will be responsible for delivering food demonstrations for children at LeBauer Park monthly.

Junior League- Signature Project on Aging: Resources Research $0 | 6-7 Volunteers

This project will involve building a comprehensive, mobile-friendly website that will educate users on a variety of aging-related issues and provide a directory of links to related services, nonprofits, and other organizations dedicated to the needs of the aging population.

Community Impact $900

The Community Impact Fund is used for one-time emergency assistance within our community. This figure represents 3% of our overall funding.