According to The Senior Source’s Foster Grandparent Program Director Triste Vasquez-White,
Were you lucky enough to have loving grandparents in your life when you were young? Likely you still feel their influence, even if they’ve been gone for years. Maybe you still prepare a family recipe Grandmother taught you; or you still love fishing, a passion your Granddad shared with you. Or maybe your grandparents left an intangible legacy: a deep sense of belonging, of being cherished, of being part of a family.
Research shows that children are more likely to thrive when they have loving grandparents in their lives. That’s why The Senior Source is inviting you to “Do Something Grand” on North Texas Giving Day. Give in honor or in memory of the grandparents who had a positive impact on your life. Or honor your parents who may serve as extraordinary grandparents to your own children. Or, if you’re a grandparent yourself, give to celebrate the joy your own grandchildren bring to your life.
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Hegi Family Foundation, which is honoring grandmothers Madeline Hegi and Maribeth Vestal, and the Rouse Family Foundation, the first $60,000 in gifts received this year will be matched.
Your gift to The Senior Source can help enrich the lives of older adults through programs like the Foster Grandparent Program. This program connects low-income senior volunteers one-on-one with children with special needs in preschools, shelters, schools, hospitals, and summer enrichment programs. Foster Grandparent volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, friends, and role models, helping to jumpstart children on the path to success.
The Senior Source supports these volunteers by matching them with agencies that serve children and by providing training, transportation assistance and a modest stipend. Each year, more than 6,655 local children have benefited from our Foster Grandparents; among that group, 100 percent improved their academic performance in literacy or math and 99 percent demonstrated gains in social and emotional development. Our Foster Grandparent volunteers benefit too. Research shows that volunteer work helps seniors maintain physical and cognitive health and avoid isolation and depression.
The Foster Grandparent Program is just one way The Senior Source serves older adults. We help place older adult volunteers in nearly 100 local non-profits, matching their interests with the needs of organizations. We assist seniors and their families in the search for the right care solution, whether it’s in a facility, in-home or through our Senior Companion Program. We support seniors’ financial well-being through money management training, job search assistance, and scam and fraud prevention.
When you Get Up and Give on North Texas Giving Day, be sure to Do Something Grand, too.
Make a donation to The Senior Source and help us harness the power of older adults for a better world.
* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman ** Photo credit: Kristin Dupont *** Graphic provided by The Senior Source
In ten years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $240 million into the North Texas community. In 2018, more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting over 2,700 area nonprofits.