Nearly all non-profit groups must raise funds to support their work and Thriving In Place is no exception. Some expenses are not surprising. Rent, office supplies, computer, website and staff costs are typical expenses for a non-profit. Less typical are the costs of managing a large diverse volunteer program which sends volunteers out to assist in transportation, handyman repairs, visiting and more. These costs include a special management software, extensive insurance, volunteer background checks, training and more. Events…to build community, combat loneliness and engage members and volunteers also need funding.
Thriving In Place members pay annual dues but membership dollars amount to about 25% of the cost of the organization’s annual budget. The rest must be raised in other ways. Fundraising is a normal and necessary part of the organization’s activities.
How does Thriving In Place help our neighbors who are over the age of 55 and/or living with a disability? It starts with a corps of devoted volunteers who see it as their mission to help their Celebration neighbors stay in their homes for as long as possible. They help members get to medical appointments, the hairdresser, physical therapy, the grocery store and pharmacy. Members may need help changing light bulbs in ceiling fixtures or the chirping battery in their smoke detector. For those with visual problems a volunteer may come to their home and read or help with paperwork or simply accompany them on walks and enjoy social time together.
Social isolation is a real problem for people living on their own. Thriving In Place holds special events like Lunch’N’Learns, regular get-togethers to play board and or card games, monthly Coffee gatherings and once a week regularly scheduled lunches. Excursions to various places such as Hollerbach’s in Sanford, Dr. Phillips’ productions and even Seminole Hard Rock Casino are also offered on a monthly basis.
Many of our aging Celebration residents have no family living close. The cost of assisted living is averaging $4,000 plus per month. In home, non-medical caregivers are available but that too, comes at a significant cost. Thriving In Place is filling the gap, helping to keep our neighbors living comfortably and safely in their own homes.
As the population of the country ages, Thriving In Place wants to ensure the organization remains firmly in place and financially secure. We continually work very hard to make sure we are here when YOU need us.
The financial and emotional costs of relying on only family care for our parents, grandparents and friends no longer needs to be so burdensome. Our community can and already does share in the responsibility. Thriving In Place counts on the support of Celebration residents of all ages, whether it be through volunteering or by supporting the FRIENDS OF THRIVE – GIVING TREE.
FRIENDS OF THRIVE – GIVING TREE
Sponsor Decal and Lunch & Learn
Sponsor Decal and Lunch & Learn, recognized in upcoming newsletter
Sponsor Decal and Lunch & Learn
Sponsor Decal and Lunch & Learn, recognized in three newsletters
Tree of Life: $2500
Sponsor Decal and Lunch & Learn, and recognized in the newsletter for one year, and invited to be an Honored Guest or Guest Speaker at a Lunch & Learn
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Thriving In Place member or a Friend of Thrive, please contact Mary Pat Rosenthal, at 407-572-9850.