A Lesser-Known Facet of our Philanthropic Efforts

A Lesser-Known Facet of our Philanthropic Efforts

January 30, 2017

Signs of our philanthropic nature can be found around the community, but one way in which we give back often escapes the public’s eye, so we’d like to tell you about it.

Oftentimes, we have residents who settle here at Glenmeadow, and then, down the road, find that they have depleted their assets. When this happens, we support them with our scholarship program so that they are able to live out their days in the place they call home.

We help in this way because we are a nonprofit with a mission to provide premier senior services that nurture the mind, body and spirit of all seniors in our region—those who live here at our life plan community and those who live around Hampden County. Our mission is real, and it guides every decision we make.

But ours is not a new mission. It traces back to our roots.

We opened our doors in 1884 as The Springfield Home for Aged Women, providing a place to call home for 16 women without any means. As the need for our brand of quality and compassionate living grew, so, too, did we.

At various times through all these years, there have been people who have outlived their assets, and we have provided for them. We have never asked a resident to leave because they couldn’t afford to pay, and we work to raise funds each year so that we can continue this—and other—philanthropic work.

In the last 10 years, we have provided $894,888 to individuals in need so they could continue to call Glenmeadow home.

There may also be ways in which you have seen us at work in the community at large because Glenmeadow spreads its support widely through outreach by its staff and through programs and services. We create opportunities for learning, growth and achievement because we know that strong and healthy minds lead longer, more satisfying lives.

Through Glenmeadow Learning, for instance, we offer free educational programs for residents of our wider community, offering up multiple topics of interest at area venues each spring and fall. These programs are free and open to the public, and they often draw a considerable audience of curious learners.

We help enhance the offerings of other service organizations with staff members who actively volunteer and sit on nonprofit boards, such as the Community Music School of Springfield, the West Springfield Council on Aging, East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Girls Inc. of Holyoke and Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.

We also find ways for our residents to express generosity by working to create opportunities that allow them to be philanthropic. This year, we committed our support to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which serves a broad range of people across four counties—of all different ages. We raised over $5,500 for the organization, which is fighting to end hunger by supporting more than 15,000 of our neighbors in need each week.

Our future is found in continuing to exercise leadership in developing initiatives that reach beyond us and in exceeding the expectations of those we serve.

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