Our Chaffee County Branch launched in Fall 2015, and we have since engaged over 300 neighbors as volunteers, members, and community supporters. This Branch was our first outside our founding Denver neighborhoods, and we have seen our model thrive in Chaffee County. Our Site Team in Salida is composed of a team of neighbors who are enthusiastic about our mission and who plant seeds among neighbors and community organizations to serve their elders. They are proactive, creative, and passionate about serving the elders of rural Chaffee County, where robust services can be lacking. Salida’s Site Team has become the model that we are now implementing in our other Branches, including Denver County. Site Teams help us identify and capitalize on the unique strengths, capacities, and identities of each neighborhood responding to each area's complexities to be the most effective organization for each situation. The Salida Site Team has also helped us to tailor and increase services and intergenerational programming in the area. Access to resources is increasing as our geographical footprint and penetration are.
A Little Help's Elder Services and Engagement Program provides elders with vital resources and services. Our HelpConnect system provides easy access for members to request assistance with or be resourced to nearly any non-medical need. Volunteer services include:
• Transportation to medical appointments, groceries, social events
• Medical note-taking
• Minor home repair, handiwork
• Yard work, snow shoveling
• Technology tutelage/trouble-shooting
• Weekly check-ins
• Friendly visits/walks
• Light housework, organization
• Financial preparation, advocacy
• Care/resource navigation
• Caregiver respite
For larger requests, we refer to recommended, discounted local providers. We also offer a 1-800 Friendship Line in partnership with the Institute on Aging and the SAGE Elder Hotline for peer counseling and information.
We also coordinate intergenerational social/educational activities, often developed and led by neighbors. These include local picnics, interest groups, and Tough Talk panels discussing aspects of health and wellness. The intergenerational cornerstones are Teen Team and Scouts and Sages, engaging seniors and younger neighbors in meaningful community. Care Share deepens the level of care we provide to elders and caregivers by matching them with more highly-trained volunteers who commit to weekly service, providing respite.