Our intergenerational model requires that people receiving our services become organizational members. In addition, our model engages community volunteers, who are also considered to be organizational members. Organizational membership helps to establish a positive trusting relationship and neighborly identity. Membership also reinforces a feeling of belonging and ownership, lessening feelings of isolation, which tend to be a common problem. All our members pay what they can to participate and support their neighbors. This membership model is a sliding scale and no one is ever denied access to services because they cannot afford to contribute. Membership fees cover less than 10% of the actual cost of providing services and are subsidized by the generosity of our individual donors, grantmaking and corporate partners, and volunteers' in-kind contributions.
Each of our membership opportunities are reciprocal in nature. Our older members are the