AHEPA are low income apartments that we connect with four times a year, touching the lives of 20 to 27 residents each visit. We do various activities throughout the year including pizza lunches, trivia contests, bingo, and art and crafts. We also have an annual holiday party and cookies swap with Slightly Off Key Stringalongs playing Christmas carols, plus lunch and a gift for each participant.
Spring Arbor, an assisted living community located in Wilmington, is a new addition to our Seniors Program. So far, we have had the pleasure of providing bingo games with prizes for everyone, a card making activity, and a holiday party in December with homemade cookies and gifts for all. We look forward to expanding this program in a similar manner to AHEPA.
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
When Assistance League of Greater Wilmington was first formed inn 2008, the charter members inaugurated our first philanthropic program, Operation School Bell®, providing backpacks with school clothing, hygiene kits and books for the Grandparent Support Network, a diverse group of grandparents raising their grandchildren. The grandchildren came from a number of different schools and all met the criteria established for our program. It was also the beginning of the relationship between Assistance League and the grandparents themselves. Now our Operation School Bell Program has expanded into almost 25 elementary schools in three counties that includes many of these grandchildren. In 2010, to recognize and honor these grandparents for their dedication and willingness to raise their grandchildren, our members sponsored a holiday appreciation dinner for the grandparents. This tradition continues each December as we provide a restaurant atmosphere, prepare or cater all of the food and serve dinner to the grandparents. Some of the grandparents stated that it was the first time they had ever been served dinner!