BAF’s Susan Landis Youth Philanthropists program is a group of high school juniors who are engaged directly in the important role of community philanthropy. The purpose of this program is to provide an intensive hands-on learning experience through which they are taught the art, the science and business of philanthropy.
During a strategic volunteerism exercise, SLYP participants discussed a number of issues which their group might build a service project around. Due to the impact COVID and its isolating effect on senior citizens SLYP is collaborating with the Raleigh County Commission on Aging. They are working to collect items for small gift bags—something that says you are important and we hope this brings you some enjoyment. The gift bags will be dispensed through the RCCOA when meals are delivered or picked up by senior citizens.
Small lotions, nail clippers, small puzzles, large print search and crossword books, a box of cards they might send, a small book of stamps and the list is limited only to the giver’s creativity. Should individuals or organizations not desire to shop, monetary gifts will be used to purchase similar types of items.
Beth Jarrell, a BAF Board Member and SLYP Mentor, said "Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A once stated "How do you identify someone who needs encouragement? They're breathing." The pandemic has affected us all in many ways, especially the feeling of isolation due to limited socialization. We feel that our seniors have suffered the most as many live alone and rely on social gatherings for connection. It is our desire to use a care package to be able to "touch" them, encourage them, and let them know they are cared for and thought about!"
If you have any questions about the SLYP-ers for Seniors project, please call the BAF office at (304) 253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.