$125,500 Awarded for Third Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming
Greater Dayton’s older adult population will benefit from new outreach programs focused on wellness and enrichment, thanks to The Dayton Foundation’s third Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming that recently awarded a total of $125,500 to two area not-for-profit organizations.
The award, which is presented by the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation, recognizes the best innovations from area nonprofits that are working to address issues faced by older adults (age 55 and older). Since its inception in 2010, the DMH-Fund has invested a total of more than $2.7 million in grants to Dayton-area nonprofits serving the needs of older adults, including $909,772 in Social Innovation Awards to 11 nonprofits in the last 3 years.
The awards were presented to agencies with longstanding track records of serving older adults in need of comprehensive and collaborative services. The award recipients and their projects include the following.
The awards were presented to human service agencies and religious organizations with longstanding track records of serving older adults in need of comprehensive and coordinated services. The award recipients and their projects include the following.
Dayton Metro Library, in partnership with Rebuilding Together Dayton and WYSO 91.3FM ($100,000): to create a Senior Voices project that will address the physical and mental well-being of older adults, particularly those individuals residing in West Dayton. The program will focus on training older adults as volunteers to learn home maintenance skills through the installation of Fix It Kits and thought-provoking interviewing skills as lead interviewers for a Senior Stories radio program.
Yellow Springs Senior Center ($25,500): to foster the Village of Yellow Springs as a dementia friendly city equipped to support individuals with dementia, their family members and friend-care partners. Because Yellow Springs is a walkable village with a high concentration of residents over the age of 65, the program will help train local businesses on how best to interact with and assist individuals with dementia.
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