A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors to help older adults live independently, with a high quality of life. We began in 2005 when a group of neighbors joined together, as Wash Park Cares, to help older adults in their community age well at home. This model is based on the national Village Movement, which equips neighbors to deliver vital services, empowering seniors 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, creating strong communities.
In 2011, we hired the organization’s first full-time Executive Director, Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey, who has led us to many great successes, including: growth in member and volunteer participation; greater depth in quality and quantity of our services; professional board and staff recruitment; and fundraising through foundation grants, corporate partnerships, giving campaigns, individual donors, and events. We have also expanded programming systems, capacity, and vision; improved service coordination and volunteer management; and improved branding, marketing, web presence, and strategic planning, visioning, and momentum.
In 2014, we received an empowering $30,000 grant from the Daniels Fund, which cemented our role as a leader in Metro Denver, and Dr. Ramsay was appointed 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 and by growing geographically as our population ages. With A Little Help, our seniors are connected to neighbors, experts on aging, and many resources enabling them to thrive in their homes.
Since our founding, A Little Help has served hundreds of seniors and has engaged thousands of community volunteers. Our mission is simple: to connect neighbors to help older adults thrive.
This is a terrific story of a grassroots organization, and it continues to unfold.