Many of us complain about trying to live off a few thousand dollars a month, let alone $600 per month. Yet right here in Polk County, many seniors are forced to live off this meager income. They are faced with the choice of eating or buying much-needed medications on a daily basis. Sadly, many have discovered that Social Security isn't enough. Senior Orphans was founded to help those in need, and your contributions can make such a difference in the lives of so many. With your donations, thousands of needy seniors get help with their day-to-day living expenses.
100 Percent Volunteer Driven
Senior Orphans of Polk County is a recognized 501(c)3 organization that carries no administrative costs and operates totally on volunteer hours and donations. The group pulls together more than 300 volunteers every year, who put in a total of more than 7,000 hours.
No Administrative Costs
There are no administrative costs—no rent, salaries or utility bills—because the group's founder refuses to take payment. Donated items are stored in an oversized garage (rent-free), while financial contributions and gift cards are used to purchase whatever is still needed.
Clients are Referred
Seniors are screened only through qualified agencies such as the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Polk Elderly Services, Polk County Opportunity Council or Peace River Association. Senior Orphans and the agency case managers are careful to ensure that the neediest of the needy receive assistance—and to avoid duplication of services.
Making a Difference
Folks on the Senior Orphans list are not on any other list. Some live independently while some live in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities. To eliminate duplication, recipients are screened by various county and state agencies. Senior Orphans definitely makes a difference. In their first year of operation, twenty five years ago, volunteers filled 200 Christmas wishes; last year, they made 3,500 wishes come true!
How You Can Help
We are having an ingathering for them this month from August 19th to August 26th. Items we are collecting are cleaning supplies such as Comet, window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, as well as clothing items appropriate for seniors. Please contact Outreach Committee Member Ed Headington for more information or call the church office at 863-688-4502.