Reason 3: All funds donated to Bow Cliff Seniors are used within the organization for programs and services to help members who are mid- to low-income.
Think about how many times you, as an individual in Calgary, take out your wallet in an average day. There aren’t a lot of places that people can gather without paying for something, whether it’s a coffee, a dinner or an event. But many seniors in Calgary struggle to meet their basic needs; 26% of Calgary seniors receive the Guarenteed Income Suppliment to help them do just that.
Bow Cliff Seniors exists to make sure that these seniors – and those who are struggling just above this line – have a place to gather without having to worry about how much is in their bank account that morning. For the most part, we rely on funding from governments (New Horizons for Seniors, Alberta Gaming and Family and Community Support Services of Calgary) to pay ongoing operational costs (including administrative and facility costs). We also look to sponsors and donors to help us grow our programs and meet the increasing needs of seniors.
$36 may not seem like a lot, but to our centre it could mean:
- birthday lunch for six seniors
- two hours of in-chair exercise instruction
- one month of snow removal so a senior can stay in his home
Making a donation via Friends of Bow Cliff means we can continue offering great programs for seniors at a cost they can afford. Won’t you join us today?
Reason 2: Bow Cliff Seniors assists seniors who might otherwise be isolated to stay active and socialize.
As the number of seniors increase in our society, governments are developing strategies and policies that will best address their needs. In Alberta, the government is committed to aging in place, which encourages the development of programs/services that support seniors to live independently as long as their health and circumstances allow.
Seniors centres, like BCS, are an integral part of aging in place. As a community gathering place, BCS hosts activities that keep seniors engaged on an educational, recreational and/or social level. These include exercise classes, card games, and a weekly luncheon. We charge minamal fees for these activities to allow all seniors, regardless of income, to participate.
In 2011, we’ve added new programs like the Healthy Living Challege, run in conjunction with 11 other locations in the city, and increased our Food Services Program to add more weekly lunches, Themed Dinners and Musical Jams.
Having the support of the Friends of Bow Cliff will help us develop more programs to reach isolated seniors in 2012.
Won’t you join us today?
Reason 1: Bow Cliff Seniors has been in the community for 36 years, providing a place for seniors to come for programs, services and activities.
1975: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were battling on the music charts, Jaws was making us think twice about going into the water, and James Clavell’s Shogun was just hitting the bookstores.
In Calgary, people were cheering for the Calgary Cowboys on the ice and the population was still under half a million. (453,812, to be exact.) The community of Spruce Cliff was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and it was during this time that seniors of the area came together to discuss programs and services that would reflect their needs.
36 years later, Bow Cliff Seniors continues to provide programs and services for seniors in Spruce Cliff and beyond. Our activitities have evolved with the changing needs of seniors. BCS exercise classes, for example, are now augmented by the Healthy Living Challenge, which encourages people to take responsibility for their own healthy choices. The weekly luncheon started as a fundraiser, but is now supported by sponsorships like that recently provided by Exterran. The ShareCare Program, which provides lawn care and snow removal for seniors, now helps 80 seniors in 15 communities – and the need continues to grow.
United Way volunteers decorating before Lunch
Which is where you come in. We’re encouraging people to support the ongoing needs of seniors by becoming a Friend of Bow Cliff. $36 for 36 great years of service – it’s a bargain, really, and it means we can start 2012 on the right foot. Won’t you join us today?