Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute
Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in Williamson County and around Middle Tennessee. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.
Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity.
This year’s #OAM19 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
- Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
United Way recognizes OAM by promoting ways that community members can take part in helping other Middle Tennesseeans thrive. We partner with impactful organizations that empower older adults to connect, create, and contribute throughout our communities, and to lead healthier, more enriching lives. These partners include:
FiftyForward helps older adults maintain independence and live fulfilling lives by providing innovative programs and comprehensive services. For example, FLIP is a wonderful program that matches senior volunteer tutors with at-risk children in grades K-4 who need assistance with reading and math.
Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County provides quality, affordable housing for elderly residents, as well as regular and emergency housing repairs to bring their homes up to decent, safe, and sanitary levels.
Graceworks Ministries utilizes community-building, long-term relationships, and an extensive referral network to serve the community. Senior-related services range from rent and utility assistance to senior medical support.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands offers free legal assistance in civil matters to older adults to secure their income maintenance, health care, and public insurance coverage and to provide guidance regarding housing issues and their rights and responsibilities under the law.
Second Harvest Food Bank feeds hungry older adults and works to solver hunger issues in the community. The organization’s food distribution program provides adequate and nutritious food items to those in need.
in addition to these organizations, United Way’s Free Tax Prep program helps low-income, elderly clients prepare their basic tax returns and achieve financial independence.
Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to sign-up for volunteer opportunities at United Way partner programs. You can also volunteer with United Way; click here to for details.