The Beth Donovan Hospice has received funding from the Seniors Community Grant program, which focuses on projects that align with four pillars which help improve the lives of older adults in the province: Enabling Aging-at-Home and in Communities; Safety and Security; Remaining Healthy, Active and Socially Engaged; and Participating in the Labour Market and Economy.
The Hospice is receiving $8,000 to hire additional resources to recruit seniors as volunteers to work in the In Home Visiting and Day Hospice programs. Sue Walker, Executive Director of the Beth Donovan Hospice, explained how the funds would be used: “We recognize the unprecedented value that seniors bring to our programs and that over 75% of our volunteer base is seniors. This means that we need to continuously recruit to replace those who retire, and we need to educate our community about all of the programs and services that we can offer, and that we are more than just care in the last few weeks of life but rather through the entire journey.”
The grant is part of a fund of $51,264.40 which is being given to four local projects in this riding. Along with the BDH, the other recipients are: Gananoque Public Library Board, The Township of Leeds and The Thousand Islands, and the Walker House Adult Centre in Prescott.
“These local projects might seem small but they have a very significant impact for Seniors and for the community,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “They offer meaningful opportunities for older adults to safely take part in local life and keep connected to friends, family and the community.”
The Seniors Community Grants Program provides funding ranging from $1,000 up to $25,000 for local projects. And the demands on the funds grows consistently, as Ontario’s seniors are the province’s fastest growing demographic, and by 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.