A Little Help began in 2005 when a group of neighbors joined together
to support their seniors in aging well at home. This model, based on the national village movement, equips neighbors to deliver vital services, empowering elders to age interdependently in their own homes, on their own terms. In 2007, A Little Help incorporated as a 501(c)(3) with the vision of neighbors connected across generations engaged in strong communities.
In 2011, we became A Little Help and hired the organization’s first full-time, professional Executive Director, Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey, who has led us to many great successes to date including growth in member and volunteer numbers; in the depth, quality, and quantity of our services; in professional board and staff recruitment; in fundraising through foundation grant-making, corporate partnerships, giving campaigns, individual donors, and events; in programming systems, capacity, and vision; in service coordination and volunteer management; in branding, marketing, and web presence; and in strategic planning, visioning, and momentum. In 2014, we received a humbling $30,000 grant from the Daniels Fund, which cemented our role as an aging leader in Denver and Paul was appointed as the Chair of the Commission on Aging for the City and County of Denver. A Little Help’s impact is continuing to expand by forging strategic partnerships with organizations to deepen our level of care and by growing geographically to plant seeds for presence in preparation for the age wave. With A Little Help, our elders are connected to neighbors, experts on aging, and the resources to thrive in their homes as they navigate the unknowns of aging.
Since our founding, A Little Help has served over 800 elders and have engaged more than 1,500 community volunteers. A Little Help’s mission is simple, to connect neighbors to help seniors thrive. By connecting our elders to good neighbors, an important resource plentiful in every community, our members are empowered to age in their own homes, on their own terms.
This is a terrific story of a grassroots organization that continues to unfold.
The first A Little Help office in Wash Park (Formerly Wash Park Cares) in the of Washington Park United Church of Christ