ElderServe has been serving the Louisville community for more than 50 years. Their overall goal is to empower older adults to live independently with dignity. We spoke with ElderServe’s Marketing Manager Drew Hight to learn more about the functions and impact the nonprofit has made.
WHAT THEY DO
“Our programs and services help seniors stay independent, overcome social isolation, protect them and promote their wellness,” said Hight. “From an adult day health center and in-home care to crime victim services and a senior center, our services are designed to help older adults and their families navigate aging with dignity and grace.”
The staff at ElderServe care deeply about the people they serve and are passionate about their work. “Older adults are one of the most vulnerable populations in our society,” Hight explained. “Even though this segment of the population has ballooned with the Baby Boomers aging, funding for seniors continues to be cut. ElderServe gives a voice to the voiceless, advocating for older adults every single day and empowering them to live independently with dignity.”
ElderServe helps more than 2,000 adults aged 60 and over in Jefferson County every year. In order to do that, they have a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers. “We rely heavily on more than 500 volunteers,” said Hight. “We truly wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Our funding comes from a variety of sources including donations, fundraisers, corporations, government grants and foundations. We are proud to say that more than 90 percent of it goes directly to programs.”
THE GIVE FOR GOOD GOAL
ElderServe is currently gearing up for Give For Good Louisville, and they’re hoping to break new records. “We’re really excited for Give for Good Louisville,” said Hight. “We’ve participated since its inception a few years ago. Last year, we raised nearly $8,000 and hope to raise more this year. We hope you join us by donating during Give for Good Louisville on Sept. 13.”
The nonprofit also hosts several fundraising events each year, including Chocolate Dreams – a silent auction with wine, bourbon and chocolate tastings – and the Champion for the Aging Awards – a luncheon where ElderServe presents an award to an individual who shows outstanding commitment to their work in improving the lives of older adults.
“While those are our two largest fundraisers, we have other fun initiatives throughout the year,” Hight affirmed. “One is called ‘Elf to an Elder,’ which provides gifts and household necessities for isolated seniors who might not otherwise receive anything for the holidays. If you would like to donate, please visit our website as the holidays approach.”
Want to help?
While ElderServe has their own fundraising events, donations and support from the public are always appreciated. Donations of time and treasure help the most. “With monetary donations, we can efficiently deploy resources where they are most needed,” explained Hight. “But many of our programs – particularly those that battle social isolation – rely on amazing volunteers. For example, we have seniors on a waiting list for a Friendly Visitor. As a TeleCare volunteer, all you need is a phone and some time. Periodically, we also need assistance with events and administrative projects. To learn more, please contact Sarah Irvin, volunteer services manager, at 502.736.3847.” VT
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