Thank you to Colla Voce, Enchantones, Viola Duo from Sun Valley Music Festival Music Institute and Footlight Dance for sharing their holiday joy with us again this year!
Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year
Exciting news! For the 13th year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the 2020 Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past twelve years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver more than 2.3 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.
Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in seven seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why the Senior Connection provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to the seniors of Blaine County. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.
We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its Retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love Event.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
This November 19, 2020, through January 4, 2021, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, Organization Name will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold at participating Subaru Retailers.
You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are, please look into the Subaru Share the Love Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:
- Share this blog post/article!
- Share our posts about the Share the Love Event on Facebook: PROVIDE LINK. You can also do this on Twitter (@HANDLE) or Instagram (@HANDLE).
And remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you purchase or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.
*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 19, 2020, through January 4, 2021, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during the campaign period, participating retailers will donate a minimum of $50 in total to their registered Hometown Charities. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 15, 2021. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.
It is with a heavy heart that The Senior Connection COVID Task Force announces a temporary closure of the Center beginning Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The task force feels strongly that the Center needs to take the measure of closing for a minimum of two weeks. The current uptick in COVID-19 cases and the county’s critical risk level are concerning factors. Amongst certain populations, the risk is greater and that includes the population we serve and who we must protect. This decision was not made lightly as we certainly recognize the collateral affects this decision will have on our seniors social, emotional, and physical wellness.
The situation is fluid, and we will re-evaluate the facts after the two-week temporary closure. Like with our closure before, our service model will be modified, but our mission will not. We have a five-month proven track record of operating during a pandemic and we are hopeful we can get through this closure too. We need to put safety first, stay cautious and help to prevent the community spread of COVID-19.
If you are in need of a meal, please call the Senior Connection at 208-788-3468. Meals will be available Monday through Friday via home delivery or curbside pickup. Reservations are required. Meals are $5 and financial assistance is available. Our Senior Connection Friends Line (208-788-3468) will also be available Monday through Friday from 2-3pm for questions or if you just need someone friendly to talk to.
|The Blaine County Aging Friendly Committee (of which we are a part!) is thrilled to have partnered with the Community Library to present this year’s Navigating Longevity Speaker Series. This group of virtual talks address timely topics to consider as we prepare for life transitions for ourselves or our loved ones. The series is available online at the Community Library’s livestream portal, livestream.com/comlib. |
This year’s presentations are:
“Live, Love and Leave Well” with Kate Riley, Certified Death Midwife
— A 15-minute presentation empowering listeners to make choices about living and dying. Kate shares personal stories, discusses the importance of finding meaning and purpose in the context of COVID-19, and gives us some questions to consider in preparing to make decisions about the very human event of dying.
“Caregiving Support and How the Pandemic Has Changed Everything” with Shawna Wasko, M.OLP, CSI Office on Aging — A 26-minute presentation discussing how caregiving has changed in the context of COVID-19. Wasko discusses how caregivers can be supported, the importance of not becoming isolated or burned out, and how we can all approach the grief that accompanies a long goodbye.
“Advance Directives in the Time of COVID” by Lisa Wild, RN, CHPN, Wood River Hospice and Palliative Care — A 35-minute presentation that will help you understand what an advance directive is, when and how to complete or adjust your directive, what to consider, who to talk to, and what resources are available to you.
The presenters were originally slated to speak at the Navigating Longevity Summit scheduled in April. The conference was cancelled due to the isolation orders in Blaine County.
Blaine County Aging Friendly Committee: The Advocates, BCRD, Carol Stephens Psy. D., LP, CBSM, The Community Library, College of Southern Idaho, The Cove of Cascadia, Hailey Public Library, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, The Hunger Coalition, Interlink Volunteer Caregivers, Kate Riley.com, Light on the Mountains, Mountain Rides, NAMI, the Senior Connection, Silvercreek Living, St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, Wood River Community YMCA
Below are the instructions on how to participate online for our virtual fundraiser. Please be aware there are two pages. Thank you for your interest!invite-insert