Elder Network Partners with Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation

Elderly couple with dog.

Give Local Opportunity

This opportunity to support the community began on May 10th, and runs through July 31st, 2022. This fundraising event is a summer-long chance to help support nonprofit agencies in the Wabasha Kellogg area. The priviledge to inspire and support others provides these agencies with continued, sustainable support. WKACF ensures that 100% of your contributions go directly to the agency of your choice.

From lost revenues, staff shortages, and increased demand for services beyond what agencies are able to provide, this fundraising opportunity allows community members to give from home to empower agencies, such as Elder Network, to continue serving seniors and their caregivers in their home. At this hectic time in our country, it is important that we provide for our friends and neighbors who are struggling.

How This Giving Opportunity Changes Lives:

Your donation makes a definite difference. Would you like to learn more? As you can see, this is one small sample of how your contribution changes lives:

Mom came to live with us in May of 2021. She had fallen in her apartment and then went into rehab at a nursing home in northern Minnesota. Right from the start, we noticed changes in mom-most often withdrawal and just sitting in the doorway of her room watching the world outside her room. Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, there was no visiting allowed at first and then, only by appointment. This was difficult, as we live four hours away. We decided to bring mom home. Both my husband and I are still working. Fortunately, he works three full days in the middle of the week and I can work at home two days per week. So, we set out to find in-home care for mom on the days we are both at work.  Seeing Elder Network on Facebook led me to Bonnie (Elder Network’s Wabasha County Program Coordinator). 

She quickly arranged a meeting for all of us and some of her staff. Between the two wonderful women Bonnie has on staff, Pam and Leslie, my husband and I are able to be away from home and know that mom is in good hands. The caregivers are so kind and patient with her and keep her occupied throughout the day. Even if mom is having a slow day and not energetic, the staff will patiently sit with her and visit with her, letting her know she is not alone. We would be lost without our Elder Network staff as mom cannot be home alone and the days get so long without companionship.” Gloria shared this testimony, speaking about her mother, Ana, (on the right) who rekindled her love of baking with her Companions.

Leslie, a Companion working with Elder Network, (pictured left with Ana) was able to come alongside of Ana to provide her with companionship, fun activities, and entertainment during the long work hours that Gloria had to work to support herself and her mother. Making muffins was a great way to brighten Ana’s day, and she enjoyed this time with Leslie, bringing her joy and the ability to do a fun activity that she can no longer do on her own. Without the services that Gloria was receiving to help her mother, Ana, it would have been a larger strain on their budget. Knowing that there is help for those facing dementia and caregiving, can provide the release of a larger burden from already overwhelmed caregivers. Gloria is so grateful to the community for their support and to Elder Network for providing her with good, friendly and faithful Companions, Leslie and Pam. Gloria says, “I would recommend Elder Network to anyone who is finding themselves sharing their homes with an older relative and wanting to know they are safe and happy when you can’t be there 24/7.” (Client names changed for confidentiality)

With support of generous donors, such as through this opportunity in 2021, Elder Network became involved and provided assistance with her caregiving. This has allowed Gloria to rest easy, knowing her mother is actively engaging with a caring professional when she is unable to do so herself. This family is so grateful to have the donors' support, as well as that of Elder Network to give them a better quality of life and allow them to continue to live in their home, caring for their mother.

This is another example of how your donation can help change lives and keep our community a great place. Wabasha Kellogg area individuals will be receiving a Local Giving Donation Form in your mailbox at the end of the month. Please choose to help us continue to change lives and keep our community a great place to live, work and play.

Here is How You Can Participate

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You can read stories of real people being impacted by isolation, chronic conditions, COVID-19 and its after effects, the limiting effects of aging, and other challenges in their lives. We will concurrently share stories of how these same individuals are thriving and living rewarding lives, after working alongside of Elder Network. They are thriving amidst these challenges, and this is only made possible through the support of those essential community members, such as yourself, who are providing them with the funding that they need to access services for affordable prices.

Donate:

You can make a donation of any amount towards Elder Network's services and programs to provide encouraging relief for caregivers and care receivers.You can contribute several different ways:  

  • Donate online on the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation website, specifying in the special instructions that you would like your funds to be allocated to Elder Network through the 2022 Give Local opportunity. 
  • Fill out this form and either drop it off at a local Wabasha Kellogg area bank’s drop box, or mail it to WKACF, PO BOX 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.

Volunteer:

If you want to become more involved in the work that Elder Network does, please call 507-285-5272 to learn how you can volunteer, today. If you would like to read about the volunteer opportunties that we have available, check out our volunteer webpage.