10 Ways to Get Your Facility Involved in the Community
Over the holidays, I visited a local senior living facility in my town that was hosting a holiday market where a number of local artists and crafters were selling a variety of items. In addition to the vendors, the holiday market provided musical entertainment and a bake sale to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
I’ve attended similar holiday market-type events at other venues, but I especially enjoyed this particular one because of where it was held. I enjoyed interacting with both the vendors and residents. Hosting events at senior living facilities can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow the public to become more familiar with the facility, it also gives facility residents a chance to interact with people in the local community – all while supporting a great cause that your facility feels strongly about.
In addition to hosting a market, there are countless other ways your facility can open itself up to the community:
- Hold a toy drive. Toys can be donated to Toys for Tots http://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx), a children’s hospital or an organization that accepts donations for sick and needy children.
- Hold a food drive and donate food to a local food pantry.
- Hold a clothing/coat/shoe drive and donate items collected to a local shelter.
- Hold an open house. Invite community members in for a tour of the facility. Residents can be the tour guides to show people through the facility and talk about the activities.
- Hold a pet adoption event. Animal shelters are always full of dogs and cats that are in need of homes. Hosting an adoption event will give residents the opportunity to interact with animals and will help find the animals a home.
- Have a community garden that allows for members of the community as well as facility residents to garden together.
- Offer activity groups or classes that can be taught to community members by residents or vice versa. Ideas of such groups can be book clubs, knitting and crocheting and art.
- Host concerts for local choirs or bands for all residents and community members to attend.
- Hold an annual community picnic.
- Give residents the opportunity to participate in town events by providing transportation.
No matter how big or how small, any organization will be grateful for your facility’s generosity!
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