Local love in action
When we show our local love, we can improve the communities we call home.
“The value of this program is visibility,” Christina says. “Seniors [feel] invisible. They suddenly find they have no voice. People are ignoring them because they are old. They don’t have time for them because they are old.”
George says of Christina and Cyrena: “I love their friendship…They’re concerned how I’m doing. They make sure I’m doing okay.”
That friendship has made a real difference to George. But it also blurs the line between program volunteer and participant. Now George is showing his own local love… sharing his skills at needlepoint and making dreamcatchers with others.
“I teach people things. They teach me things and there’s communication,” George says. “This is like my second home. This is like my family.”
And families help with each other with everything. They also celebrate together: things like birthdays. “This is the first time that somebody has bought me a cake for my birthday. In my life,” George says.
You can give more seniors like George the chance to not just survive, but also come alive.
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Since 2015, the Active Aging Research Team (AART) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) have been working in partnership to provide community grants that reach diverse communities and that build capacity to promote older adult physical activity, social connectedness, independence – and health.