2018 A Little Help Annual Report

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A Little Help's Annual Report for 2018.

BUILDING COMMUNITY TO

fight isolation

Connecting Neighbors to Help Seniors Thrive


FIGHTING ISOLATION THROUGH connection

INTERGENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS WERE SOME OF THE VERY FIRST

BUILDING BLOCKS AT A LITTLE HELP. Connecting older adults to youth from preschool

to high school and college students, A Little Help has been at the forefront of this movement.

There have been so many stories, ideas, and dreams shared between the generations on

Service Saturdays!, during service projects with various school groups and scout troops, and

with the families and friends who serve together. These connections bring smiles, laughter,

and connection to every program offered by A Little Help.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

NEIGHBORS HELPING

NEIGHBORS, THAT IS WHAT

THE ORGANIZATION IS

ALL ABOUT.

Weekly transportation to

medical appointments,

grocery shopping,

errands, and

social events

Care Calls and

friendly visits

Light

housework

Our older adults access

services provided by their

willing neighbors on a regular

basis, strengthening their

connections to the community.

Services include:

• Minor home

repairs and safety

modifications

Annual gutter

cleaning

• Window washing

Technology

help

Caregiver

respite

SERVICE BREAKDOWN

7,200+ VOLUNTEER HOURS DONATED

2,700+ SERVICES COMPLETED

2018 NUMBERS AT-A-GLANCE

Served Volunteering

Members Members

metro Denver 801 2,289

chaffee county 229 313

delta 152 216

larimer 51 185

total 1,233 3,003

(Goal was 775) (Goal was 1,125)

Transportation = 58%

Friendly Visits = 15%

Yard Work and Snow Shoveling = 12%

Handiwork and Home Help = 11%

Finance and Technology Help = 4%

2018 GROWTH IN MEMBERSHIP

600 New Served Members

1,200 New Volunteering Members

(Includes Service Saturday! Volunteers)

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A Little Help was established to provide our elders with the non-medical

services and intergenerational connections essential to maintaining

active, productive lives in their own homes. Today, people are living longer

and often do not have the resources or support systems to continue living

in their own homes as they age. A Little Help fills this gap.

FROM THE Executive Director

Wow, 13 years! I want to first say, “Thank you!” The commitment you have shown

in helping us connect neighbors has been one of a kind; I feel like I say this often,

and it is so true. As we continue to strive to foster reciprocal benefits for all

our members and bridge the gap from one generation to the next, we focus on

intergenerational connection and ensure that all ages are a part of the mission to

serve our community.

2018

Board of Directors

Alan Walker

– President

Steve Davis

– Treasurer

Angela Lichtenberger, R.N.

– Secretary

Bob Brocker

Sean McBride, CPA

Jonathan Mueller

Cori Keeton Pope

Mike Rengel

Lori Tole, Esq.

John Chase, Esq.

Rio Chacon

Hilary Lenz, MPA

A Little Help was founded in 2005 as a grassroots community effort led by

volunteers who began connecting neighbors to empower older adults to age well

in their homes. Now professionally-led and volunteer-driven, A Little Help serves

four locations statewide, reaching into over 100 neighborhoods in Colorado to

improve the quality of life of more older adults and their neighbors through direct

services and intergenerational community-building programs and events.

In 2018, A Little Help continued to make an impact on neighborhoods throughout

Colorado. We deepened our impact in Larimer County and began serving the

county towards the end of the year. Growth continues to increase and will

contribute to serving more older adults and getting neighbors involved in

A Little Help. The expansion in Larimer County added to our growing locations

in Denver, Jefferson, Chaffee and Delta Counties.

Special thanks to all our donors who continue to allow us to grow our mission

through innovative programs and grassroots connections. Of course, we could not

accomplish our mission without the wonderful volunteering members who pitch

in to clean gutters and wash windows on Service Saturdays! and give our regular

rides to the grocery store or to the doctor. We are building community in great

ways every day!

Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey

Public Support and Other Revenue

n Individuals = $221,693

n Business = $38,129

n Foundation = $191,266

n Individual Membership = $42,407

n Fundraising Events = $42,619

n In Kind Support = $7,809

Total Revenue = $543,923

Expenses

n Program = $450,517

n Fundraising = $50,474

n Admin = $61,823

Total Expenses = $562,814

End of Year Net Assets: = $114,976

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Programs, Events

& Partnerships


PROGRAMS AND events

Service Saturday! – Service Saturday! events are a wonderful way for volunteers to engage with

A Little Help and help neighbors with spring and fall yard and home chores.

2018’s events were BIG, with two new additional events added to the schedule.

In Spring 2018, we provided services to our members in South and North Denver

and Jefferson, Chaffee and Delta Counties. In Fall 2018, we added service areas

in North and South Jefferson County, as well as inaugural events in Larimer County and Cedaredge in

Delta County. 2018 boasted collaboration with several youth groups including: South High School Football

Team, Interact Club of Lakewood High School and many college students from Colorado State University.

At these events, we served 200 homes (over 300 older adults) in five counties, engaging 700 volunteers!

A Little Community – More companies and

organizations have been reaching out to

A Little Help for their days of service.. In 2018,

we accommodated over 20 groups, who helped

with tasks like yard work, friendly visits, errand

running and so much more. We took note of this

growing interest and are creating a program

called, “A Little Community.” This program

will formalize the relationship with various

companies and organizations in the community

working to connect service needs and social

connections for neighbors.

Summer Picnics – Our Summer Picnics are

fun and growing each year. We bring together

neighbors from all walks of life to celebrate

together with great food and conversation. City

Park Pavilion and the Washington Park Boathouse

are the locations for the celebrations each year. In

addition to these larger picnics, we reintroduced

the opportunity to have a few additional backyard

picnics at willing members’ homes. Each year,

these events bring together interested neighbors

and long-standing members of A Little Help.

Tough Talks – Tough Talks bring together expert

panelists to share interesting information and

T O U G H T A L K S

create space for questions

and answers. Topics for

Tough Talks in 2018 included

the following programs:

Proactive Planning, Holistic Health, Technologies

in Aging and our first City Chat, with several

Council people in the City and County of Denver.

Tough Talks are a wonderful opportunity for

members to socialize and to learn more about

topics that may be difficult for them to begin a

conversation about with others.

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FUNDRAISING events

We depend on you and your investment to fulfill our mission of

connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive. At A Little Help, we

are grateful that each year you give and volunteer more for us and your

neighbors. Your generous support helps us spread our innovative grassroots

model throughout Colorado.

Engaging in Aging –

At A Little Help, we engage older

adults with many opportunities to

learn, connect and socialize in the community. In

2018, we hosted two Engaging in Aging events in

partnership with the Lakewood Cultural Center

and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. These

events brought over 200 older adults to learn from

a variety of community partners who presented

information on topics like “Mindful Looking” and

“Dementia 101,” while providing a social forum

among aging neighbors.

Fiesta de Mayo –

We celebrated six years of Fiesta de Mayo as our

wonderful and fun fundraiser in 2018 was held

at Space Gallery in May. The evening brought

together donors and other supporters for a night

with a silent auction, and delicious food and drinks.

The support and generosity empowers A Little Help

to continue providing quality services throughout

Colorado. 2018 was another wonderful event,

bringing in unique auction items and huge support

for our work in the community. Thank you!

Colorado Gives Day -

Colorado Gives Day engages

donors across Colorado every

December. This event is one of the

BIGGEST fundraisers for our important work. By

the end of the day on December 5th, 150 donors

had raised over $130,000 to support older adults

by giving to A Little Help! Our biggest Colorado

Gives Day yet wouldn’t have been possible

without our incredible community and for that

we are so grateful!

How you can help…

For A Little Help to grow and continue our

commitment to the highest quality of care and

coordination, we need your volunteer time and

financial support. Volunteering and donating to

A Little Help are made easy through our website

at alittlehelp.org/donate.

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OUR partners

AmeriCorps Program – A Little Help has been

partnering with Boomers Leading Change for

the past two years. The AmeriCorps program

is a federally funded program that works with

older adults 55+ interested in giving back to

provide capacity at local nonprofit organizations

throughout Metro Denver. This program has been

a huge support for A Little Help by adding more

outreach opportunities, including implementing

warm welcome visits with all new members.

Northern Colorado – As we’ve established our

mission in Northern Colorado, A Little Help has

been creating strong ties with the City of Fort

Collins, including a financial grant of $13,500 to

help launch our services. At our Launch event on

October 20, Mayor Wade Troxell cut a ceremonial

ribbon and issued an official proclamation,

marking the day “A Little Help Service Saturday!

Kickoff Day” in Fort Collins. We are also working

with several City offices to create opportunities

that build community and serve our older adult

neighbors, partnering with the offices of Social

Sustainability and Neighborhood Services.

Additionally, A Little Help has officially expanded

operations to provide services to the community

in Berthoud in southern Larimer County. In

2018, we established a leadership team to lead

the operation and funding to hire a part-time

coordinator.

Next50 Initiative – The Next50 Initiative

has been instrumental to the expansion and

subsequent growth in Northern Colorado. In

conjunction with Partnership for Age Friendly

Communities (PAFC) in Larimer County, A Little

Help was able to secure this funding stream to

hire a Director in the area and to grow those

needing help and those willing to provide help

in the area. The continued partnership with the

Next50 Initiative has also provided opportunities

to train in “Changing the Narrative” to erase

ageism and create a culture embracing the

contributions of older adults.

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NOTES OF Gratitude

EACH YEAR, WE RECEIVE MANY GRATEFUL NOTES AND LETTERS FROM

MEMBERS OF ALL AGES. 2018 WAS NO EXCEPTION. Because Service Saturday!

events are some of our most popular and well-attended, we receive many notes after

the leaves are cleared. Over the past twelve months, we’ve had 3000 volunteers

(event and recurring) serving 800 older adult members – some of whom also

volunteer with us! With their generosity, investment, and good work, A Little Help has

come a long way.

“Cynthia” wrote:

“Just wished to express my gratitude for the crew that came to my home yesterday. I truly woke up to a new normal today.

They were so helpful, kind, respectful, and loving. They even indulged my request of sharing a prayer at the end of their

time with me. This touched me deeply. I just can’t say enough good things, please know that this has made an impact on

me on many levels...beyond raking leaves, I am grateful beyond measure. Many, many thanks.”

The volunteer wrote:

“I want you to know how powerful it was to connect with Cynthia last week. As she stood with tears in her eyes

overwhelmed by the work and love expressed by the group I could barely hold it together. She asked us to join hands

and pray with her. To tell the truth, I am not a prayer guy...but when she shared her gratitude and love in that prayer,

I was a prayer guy that day!”

We hope you know that these beautiful connections and loving relationships start

with our community and your generosity.

We are grateful to have connected with you in 2018 and look forward to what 2019

brings! Please stay connected by visiting our website at alittlehelp.org, giving us a

call at 720-242-9032, or find us on social media @A Little Help.CO. or @alhlarimer.

We hope to see you soon!

2755 S. Locust St., Suite 220, Denver, CO 80222

720-242-9032 • www.alittlehelp.org

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