For the past eight years, generous grants awarded annually by the Hillside Foundation as well as contributions from our donors have allowed us to expand significantly our efforts to help deserving senior citizens. Our efforts include:
Funding emergency and critical needs for elderly citizens
In cooperation with our network of agencies in the community who refer clients to us for funding, we regularly meet a range of requests, including: automobile repairs, tires, and insurance rental assistance utility bills medical and health expenses access to transportation (either through bus passes or gas cards) home repairs
Our outreach initiatives
Through our relationships with two senior facilities in McMinnville (Village Quarter and Heritage Place) and with Meals on Wheels in McMinnville, Sheridan, and Newberg, we have been active in supplying a large number of seniors with urgent needs, including:
desk fans for those without fans or air conditioning gift cards for groceries and gas eye exams and glasses dental exams and care foot care haircuts desk magnifying lamps radios subscriptions to the News-Register
Improving the quality of life for low-income seniors
Prior to COVID, we arranged for, and funded, a number of activities, especially those that allow for fitness and socializing. These included outings to the Wortman Café at the McMinnville Senior Center, to the Regal Cinema and Yogurt Shop (see below), and to local concerts. We are now beginning to resume these efforts.
Former Senior Advocate Evelyn Wolfer (top left) told us that everyone was grateful for the chance to get away and see a movie. She said: Twelve seniors attended a movie together, and it was such fun hearing the laughter and observing the interaction of the group. Thank you for the wonderful afternoon.
Another favorite outing is to the Yogurt Shop in McMinnville.