Project: "A Little Help"

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On May 31, 2017 PAFC and other community members met to learn more about a program called "A Little Help".

"A Little Help" is a successful non-profit organization in the Denver area, and their mission is “Connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive.”

"A Little Help" is a grassroots organization that has based their model on the village movement. They foster community by utilizing neighbors to coordinate and deliver essential services (a little help) allowing seniors to successfully remain in their homes. An initial SDVT has just completed a thorough analysis of this organization and built a relationship to foster the expansion of this group in Larimer County. Please check out their website www.alittlehelp.org  to learn more about what this organization has to offer, how they are unique and why they will be an asset for our Northern Colorado communities.

If you are interested in volunteering for this or any of our new projects or if you simply want more information, visit our volunteer page.

Problem to be Solved

  • There are too few programs in Larimer County for assisting with the non-medical needs of our growing older population.
  • Living in a mobile society, children and parents often live in different cities/states. As the parents age and need assistance, it is left to the community to step forward. Often times seniors fall through the cracks because family is not living nearby and it is difficult to find services to meet the variety of needs that occur with aging.
  • Seniors are at risk because they may not be as knowledgeable with technology and the world continues to move forward.  They may not know where to turn for help and often need assistance accessing programs in the community.
  • Larimer County has many programs to assist with various needs, such as non-medical home health agencies, SAINT, Volunteers of America, Lutheran Family Services, Catholic Charities, Office on Aging, etc. Due to the aging Baby Boomer population and longer life spans, these organizations are not able to keep up with the need of the aging population. There are many gaps in services and seniors are often on a wait list for services. 

How will successful resolution will affect the local community?  

Older adults will be able to stay in their own homes as they age because volunteers will deliver essential services (a little help).

What will be acceptable outcomes for the team in addressing the problem?

This self-directed volunteer team’s (SDVT) focus is to bring A Little Help to the Fort Collins community.  In order to do that the following steps will be completed by the SDVT:

  1. Promote ALH Larimer through:  PAFC newsletter, booths at local events, fundraising endeavors, speaking engagements etc.
  2. Assist A Little Help with raising the necessary funds to begin the program in Fort Collins.
  3. Provide input into the development of ALH Larimer based on the existing assets and needs of Larimer County.
  4. Help with the hiring of the Program Director of ALH Larimer.

What Volunteer Qualifications are needed?

  • Being interested in and enthusiastic about the project.
  • Being comfortable talking to groups.
  • Experience with marketing, or experience with fundraising.

Training and Support:

This team will be supported by the PAFC priority committee working on Affordable Housing issues. A member of the priority group will serve as liaison between the team and the PAFC.  The priority group provides oversight, counsel, support, and resources needed to plan and produce the event. Once the team is established there will be an initial training that covers project expectations and team process. A volunteer coordinator will be available throughout the project to address issues rising within the team itself. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this or any of our new projects or if you simply want more information, visit our volunteer page.