Change Agents for Successful Aging

Cities and towns that prioritize the lifelong health and well-being of residents make an investment in the building blocks of thriving places. In areas where older adults can stay in their own homes and safely live their day-to-day lives, you will find support for a wide range of neighbors and their differing abilities.

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Over the years we’ve helped generous donors support older adults through programs that provide creative and social outlets, transportation to doctors’ appointments, and help with home repair, technology, and financial management.

If you share our passion for helping neighbors age in place with peace of mind, we’re excited to partner with you. Here are some meaningful ways to take charge of change.

The Foundation’s Successful Aging, Health, and Well-Being Fund allows us to use our expertise to fund the organizations, people, and projects that will have the greatest impact creating age-friendly communities in our region and allow older adults to age in their own homes. Because the fund is endowed, contributors can be assured their donations will have impact today and in the future.

To encourage more donations to this fund, Community Foundation Board Member Ann Stevens is offering a challenge grant. She will match, dollar for dollar, all new contributions up to $25,000.

To learn more about setting up your own fund to support aging, click here.

Here are some organizations we have recently funded that would also benefit from your direct support.

  • Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing: We provided a grant for a program that will help eliminate hazards to health, safety, and independence in 12 low-income senior households.
  • Genesee Senior Foundation: A new program for adults 60 and older called Got Groceries? helps those unable to do their own shopping and lack the technical skills to order online. Shopping volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained.
  • Lifespan of Greater Rochester: The Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging supports older adults in Genesee County with a financial management program that teaches budgeting, bill paying, balancing checkbooks, negotiating with creditors, and applying for benefits — all with the goal of increasing financial stability and maintaining independence.
  • Veterans Outreach Center: A program for veterans 60 years and older targets those who are homebound, housed in nursing facilities, or have limited mobility and develops personalized plans for care.

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We’d love to start a conversation about turning your vision into real-world change. Email us at giving@racf.org.