Crowd fund­ing to feed se­niors

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Up­per Shore Ag­ing is part­ner­ing with GIVE65, the na­tion’s first and only crowd fundrais­ing plat­form fo­cused ex­clu­sively on help­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions raise funds for ser­vices ben­e­fit­ing se­niors.

— Ev­ery day, 10,000 peo­ple in the United States cel­e­brate their 65th birth­day. Many of th­ese se­niors across the coun­try are in need of pro­grams that pro­vide meals and proper nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion that en­hances their qual­ity of life. How­ever, de­spite the in­creased need for sup­port, only 2 per­cent of fund­ing from the na­tion’s largest grant mak­ers is fo­cused specif­i­cally on se­niors.

That’s why Up­per Shore Ag­ing is part­ner­ing with GIVE65 to help se­niors in Tal­bot County. GIVE65, a pro­gram of the Home In­stead Se­nior Care Foun­da­tion, is the na­tion’s first and only crowd-fundrais­ing plat­form fo­cused ex­clu­sively on help­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions raise funds for pro­grams and ser­vices ben­e­fit­ing se­niors.

The funds from GIVE65 will be do­nated to Up­per Shore Ag­ing Inc. to go to­ward their part­ner­ship with the St. Michaels Fam­ily YMCA, to fund con­gre­gant meals at the new St. Michaels Se­nior Cen­ter.

The se­niors who par­tic­i­pate in the meals pro­gram re­ceive a nu­tri­tious, bal­anced meal and also ben­e­fit from the op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize with other se­niors. Nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion is provided to en­cour­age healthy eat­ing and healthy life­styles.

“Most peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how many se­niors need as­sis­tance with proper nu­tri­tion,” said Child­lene Brooks with Up­per Shore Ag­ing.

“With GIVE65, we get to raise aware­ness of this is­sue in the hopes of en­gag­ing our com­mu­nity so we may ease the bur­dens that many se­niors face at a time when they should be en­joy­ing life to the fullest,” she said. “Th­ese im­por­tant fi­nan­cial gifts will help feed se­niors in Tal­bot County, and we’re pleased to part­ner with the Tal­bot YMCA and Home In­stead Se­nior Care Foun­da­tion to help make that hap­pen.”

Start­ing Tues­day, July 11, any­one who wants to sup­port Up­per Shore Ag­ing’s mis­sion can visit GIVE65.org to learn more about the or­ga­ni­za­tion and make a se­cure, on­line do­na­tion. The goal is to reach $10,000, Brooks said, and the first $5,000 in do­na­tions will be matched dol­lar-for-dol­lar.

“We also have the chance to re­ceive an ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial award of $10,000 based on how much we raise and how many in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions are given,” she said.

Do­na­tions ($10 min­i­mum) will be ac­cepted start­ing at 7 a.m. July 11 un­til mid­night July 13 (CDT). Donors also can pre sched­ule their do­na­tion up to Mon­day, July 10.

“Ev­ery gift makes a dif­fer­ence. From $10 to $1,000. And the best part is th­ese funds will help at the lo­cal, grass­roots level,” said Roger H. Baum­gart, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Home In­stead Se­nior Care Foun­da­tion. “We are pleased to part­ner with Up­per Shore Ag­ing, as they are an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of the ef­forts be­ing done to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence for the safety, well-be­ing and in­de­pen­dence of se­niors. Es­pe­cially se­niors most in need of our help and sup­port.”

Up­per Shore Ag­ing was urged to ap­ply for the grant by lo­cal Home In­stead Se­nior Care franchise own­ers, Ben­jamin and Jenna Marchi. The Marchis said they were in­spired to en­cour­age Up­per Shore Ag­ing’s suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter see­ing first­hand the joy and sat­is­fac­tion the con­gre­gant meals pro­gram brings to se­niors in Tal­bot County.

“Th­ese se­niors have given us a great com­mu­nity to live in. It’s only right that we give back to them when they need it most. We know that folks in Tal­bot County are very gen­er­ous, and we hope they’ll see the merit in this ef­fort and ul­ti­mately par­tic­i­pate,” Jenna Marchi said.

To sup­port Up­per Shore Ag­ing or learn more about GIVE65, visit GIVE65.org. All do­na­tions are 100 per­cent tax de­ductible in the United States.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Up­per Shore Ag­ing’s ef­fort, visit www.give65.com/up­per­shore­ag­ing or call 410-822-2869.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Up­per Shore Ag­ing has part­nered with Home In­stead Se­nior Care Foun­da­tion to raise money to feed Tal­bot County se­niors. Pic­tured at the kick­off event on Fri­day, June 30, are, from left, Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Child­lene Brooks with Up­per Shore Ag­ing; Jenna Marchi, Ben Marchi and Jane Bate­man with Home In­stead Se­nior Care Foun­da­tion; and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot.

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