RISE UP FOR 2021!

RISE UP FOR 2021!

Many thanks to MVP Healthcare for your matching gift of $2,500!!!








The Saratoga Senior Center calls on the community to participate and donate to its "RISE UP Challenge," which will help fundraise $10,000 for seniors' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help it meet its goal, MVP Health Care has generously gifted the first $2,500 donation.

When COVID-19 took hold, as an essential service, the Saratoga Senior Center immediately hit the ground running with check-in and reassurance calls to ensure the needs of at-risk and homebound seniors were being met. We delivered food and basic care items to seniors' doorsteps; shopped for and delivered groceries; and also distributed donated produce, bread items, lunches, and other essential supports such as masks, hand sanitizers, puzzles, books and so much more. The Center also transitioned its in-house classes to Zoom and increased online and social media communications to keep seniors engaged at home while remaining healthy and safe. Following Covid guidelines, we opened our doors to seniors again in July while still providing online classes as well so all participants have options to stay connected and safe.

With colder months approaching, the need for seniors to remain safe and home will only continue. The Saratoga Senior Center will continue to meet seniors' needs over the next year and continue to provide innovative programs and services while funding is significantly reduced.
"The pandemic has taken a toll on our communities and the critical non-profits that take care of them," said Ellen Sax, MVP Health Care's Vice President of Community Engagement. "At MVP Health Care, it's our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We are proud to support The Saratoga Senior Center as they do important work to take care of seniors in the Saratoga region while they face an increased risk of COVID-19."

Lois Celeste, Executive Director of The Saratoga Senior Center said "we cannot thank our partners enough for rising to the challenge. During these unique times, it's companies like MVP and our community members who have kept us going. Now more than ever, even a donation of $10 goes a long way to helping us meet our goal."

RISE UP FOR SENIORS

When COVID struck, it changed our way of doing business. On March 12th we closed our doors to the public; however, as an essential business, staff continued to work tirelessly over the next several weeks to meet the needs of our vulnerable seniors. We made thousands of check-in and reassurance calls to ensure the needs of at-risk and home-bound seniors were being met. We delivered food and basic care items to seniors' doorsteps; shopped and delivered groceries and prescriptions, distributed donated produce, bread and other food items, lunches, masks, hand sanitizers, puzzles, books and so much more. We transitioned our in-house classes to Zoom and are conducting one-on-one computer training with seniors, assisting with Census completion, and increasing online and social media communications to keep seniors engaged at home while remaining healthy and safe. In the first six months of 2020 alone, we served 2,196 unduplicated seniors, matching what we did in all of 2019. We continue to do all this despite a major loss in operating revenue due to postponed/canceled trips, classes, programs, special events, and fundraising events. Due to COVID, we shifted from primarily 70% program/30% support services to 100% support services, and now as we slowly re-open and doctors have reopened we still expect support services to be in high demand.