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.

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

What does the initiative look like?

  • Adult Center for Enrichment: Junior League volunteers will be involved with the respite care program offered to caregivers and their loved ones at ACE. The League will also help to implement a fitness program for the Adult Center for Enrichment.
  • Food Assistance: Volunteers will help to prepare groceries delivered to low-income and disabled seniors served by Food Assist as well as deliver the groceries and visit with these individuals.
  • Community Housing Solutions: In order to assist in efforts for older adults to be able to stay in their homes longer the Junior League will be partnering with CHS to complete home modifications that will make homes warmer, dryer, and safer for the elderly in our community.
  • Senior Resources of Guilford: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: After working with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren for the past year, we will continue to partner with this support group to provide educational activities for both the children and grandparents involved with this organization.
  • Corporation of Guardianship: Friends Against Fraud: Through Friends Against Fraud League volunteers will work to bring awareness to financial elder abuse and provide educational opportunities on this topic to older adults that might be at risk, and their caregivers.”