AHEPA, Leland House and Fannie Norwood Seniors
Operation Seniors provides social activities, outings and companionship for three different facilities:
AHEPA are low income apartments that we connect with 4 times a year. Each visit we touch the lives of 20 to 27 residents. We do various activities throughout the year: the United Daughters of the Confederacy talked about the role of women during the Civil War, we had a travelog to Scotland and Ireland along with an ice cream social, we do outings to various places around the area, we have provided pizza lunch and trivia contests. We also have an annual Christmas party and cookies swap with Slightly Off Key Stringalongs playing Christmas Carols and we provide a gift for each resident in attendance.
LELAND HOUSE is an assisted living facility that we do Bingo once a month for an average of 20 per month. We provided grapevine wreaths for the residents door which they can decorate for each holiday and adds a more homey look to the facility. We have planted flowers and herbs in the courtyards and provided wooden benches for the residents to sit and enjoy. We participate in their Christmas Angel Tree which are gifts for the residents. And we also provide a treat bag full of candy and cookies for each resident for their Christmas party. There are 60 residents at this facility
FANNIE NORWOOD MEMORIAL HOME is a low income assisted living facility with 16 beds. We have helped the facility with supplies for their closet that benefit each resident. We have provided Christmas gifts for each resident. We painted the outside rocking chairs and added new cushions. Birthdays are celebrated each month with cupcakes, beverages and birthday gifts for the residents. We have also had a Valentine’s day party with food and companionship, as well as a St. Patrick’s Day party. There are 6 residents.
Cookies and Crafts always bring smiles from our seniors.
Sometimes when the Slightly Off Key Stringalongs perform, the residents like to dance.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In 2008, when Assistance League of Greater Wilmington was just being formed, the charter members wanted to “roll out” an Operation School Bell® project to help acquaint the community with the philanthropic intent of Assistance League. It was decided that the Grandparent Support Network, a diverse group of grandparents raising their grandchildren, would be an excellent option. The grandchildren came from a number of different schools and all met the criteria established for our program. It was not only a very successful beginning for Operation School Bell, it was also the beginning of the relationship between Assistance League of Greater Wilmington and the grandparents themselves.
In 2010, our members wanted to recognize and honor these grandparents for their dedication and willingness to raise their grandchildren, a 24/7 responsibility. A decision was made to sponsor a holiday appreciation dinner for these grandparents. Our volunteers created a restaurant atmosphere, prepared all of the food and served the grandparents dinner. Some of the grandparents stated that it was the first time they had ever been served dinner! And so the tradition began, a tradition that has involved many dedicated of our volunteers.
Operation School Bell for the grandchildren and the Grandparent Holiday Appreciation Dinner continue to be important components of our philanthropic programs. In addition, we sponsor several special “respite” activities for the grandparents each year. Such activities have included a trip to Airlie Gardens, an historic trolly ride and a boat trip down the Cape Fear River. Our chapter look forward to our continuing involvement with the Grandparent Support Network, an involvement that has created many lasting relationships.