A Little Help connects neighbors to help seniors thrive.
Neighbors connected across generations engaged in strong communities.
We value the opportunity for our elders to remain an integral part of our community, to live in the homes they have come to love, and to maintain the network of friends and neighbors they have developed over the years. The willingness of our neighbors to volunteer their time and expertise in support of the mission of the organization helps make this possible.
A Little Help is consciously and proactively inclusive of all areas of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, physical ability, and immigration status.
A Little Help is proud to be associated with the Village to Village Network, a nonprofit that connects senior villages around the country, with Generations United, a nonprofit which improves the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs, and with the Community First Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the Denver area by increasing community involvement and generosity. We have also partnered with Anschutz Family Foundation and the A.V. Hunter Trust to better serve more older adults throughout Denver. If you would like to see an A Little Help Branch in your area, please contact us today!
History of A Little Help
A Little Help began in 2005 when a group of retirees recognized the desire of many seniors in the area to stay in their own homes and contribute to their respective communities. These neighbors based their model on the national village movement, where neighbors coordinate and deliver essential services within their community to allow elders to remain in their homes. In 2007, A Little Help (formerly Washington Park Cares) incorporated as a 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing older adults with non-medical services essential to maintaining active, productive lives in their own homes within community.
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 600 elders and have engaged more than 1,000 community volunteers. A Little Help is helping older adults age in their homes by connecting them to an important resource plentiful in every community, good neighbors. Many tasks around the house and yard chip away at independence, but with A Little Help, good neighbors can help elders with transportation, yard work, handiwork, home organization, and social engagement, empowering our elders to thrive in the communities they have put down roots in for decades. Our older adult members and volunteering members benefit by connecting intergenerationally to share stories, combat isolation, and reawaken purpose. For example, as Service Saturday! volunteers are working hard to clear flower beds, cut down vines, and weed gardens, our members are quick to impart their own wisdom and experience to share gardening tips with young adults and new homeowners, forging reciprocal relationships.
This is a terrific story of a grassroots organization that continues to unfold.
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