News and Events
December 1, 2013
If you've noticed something missing from Elder Care Services' list of holiday activities this fall, let me tell you why. We have decided to focus our efforts on fewer fundraising events and spend more time on projects that deliver a higher yield. Although Lets Do Lunch has been a holiday tradition for a number of years, it required considerable effort for very little benefit. Therefore, we have decided to forgo Lets Do Lunch and put our development efforts into two main events - one in the spring, modeled after A Night in Paris and our signature event, Oktoberfest in the fall. In between, we plan to research and write more grant applications that will hopefully result in considerably more funding.
This fall we have been busy applying for several grants. In September, we submitted a request to the Banfield Charitable Trust for $2500 in pet funding and received our approval letter in late October. In December, we will begin helping our clients feed and care for their pets and try to encourage others to consider adopting a four legged friend. In November, we submitted a $20,000 grant request to the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation to help us eliminate our Meals On Wheels waiting list, a $25,000 request to the Knight Foundation to increase our corp of volunteers and will soon be submitting another grant request to Subaru to participate in their "Share the Love" campaign. They will donate $250 to Meals On Wheels for every Subaru sale. With limited staff and a disproportionate amount of needs, this approach will hopefully help us meet and possibly exceed our goals in 2014.
We are especially excited about the Knight Foundation grant request. If our application is successful, we will receive funding to help us recruit college student volunteers. We know how vital volunteers are to our continued success and feel that with a local pool of more than 70,000 students, we should make a concerted effort to encourage them to help us serve the increasing number of seniors in our community. Next month, I hope to announce more grant approvals and will keep you informed as to our success with this new approach.
Have a safe and healthy December filled with many memorable holiday moments and thank you again for all you continue to do to support our mission.
With warmest regards,
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