Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center

Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center

 

Project: Circle of Care

Connecting isolated older adults with their communities through the arts.

Note: This is the second phase of this project. The first team was able to lay the groundwork for proceeding with a formal blueprint for designing a program unique to Larimer County. 

Problem to be Solved

Social isolation of older-adults.  If it were to be resolved those now isolated would live more fulfilled lives, and those touched by them would benefit from their presence, their input, and influence.  

How will successful resolution affect the local community?

This project will help identify older adults in Larimer County who are socially isolated and offer an opportunity to attend arts-related activities with a volunteer companion. Once established, the program will allow individuals more active social engagement with their community as they enjoy the variety of cultural experiences available throughout our county.

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

  1. To raise the funds necessary to contract with Joan Raderman, founder and executive director of a similar program in Boulder, as consultant to PAFC

  2. With Joan’s help to create a blueprint/toolkit for a successful COCL program

  3. A “Mini-launch” gathering for COCL – to attract team members and volunteers (companions), to publicize the effort, to start making connections with arts community, to inform the socially-isolated-serving organizations of Larimer County, etc.. 

  4. Partnerships with Larimer programs and organizations which serve socially-isolated older adults; to eventually develop a list of program participants. 

  5. Working partnerships with Larimer theatre companies and arts organizations; to eventually develop a calendar of events for program participants. 

  6. Identification of a long-term owner for the COC,L program for successful handoff.  

What Volunteer Qualifications are needed?

  • Strategic thinking/scoping.  

  • Business and program development.  

  • Grant writing.  

  • Community development.  

  • Event planning.  

Training and Support:

This team will be supported by the PAFC priority committee working on the Culture of Aging 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.