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CARING FOR A CAUSE: SUPPORTING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

 Posted by Krista Hughes on June 8, 2021 at 4:18 PM


Caring for a Cause is a program where we choose a local non-profit organization in their effort to raise funds and awareness of their mission.  It is a small way we can “give back” to our community. 

Caring Transitions specializes in services aimed at our senior clientele, offering downsizing, relocation management and personal liquidation services.  Therefore, it’s a natural fit for us to reach out to our long-term home and community-based partners for possible partnerships in our Caring for a Cause initiative.  We found two terrific partners for our upcoming project. Let me tell you a bit about the Maumelle Center on the Lake (a local senior wellness center) AND in Counting on Each Other (a local non-profit agency operating a thrift shop in Maumelle which donates sales proceeds

A “Senior Center” is a type of community center where older adults congregate to receive essential services aimed to keep people healthy and independent.  There are ~ 10,000 senior centers serving ~ 1 million older adults every day, according to the official count through the US Administration on Aging.  In Arkansas, there are over 180 senior centers serving ~ 36k+ senior Arkansans.   

Senior centers are the gateway to connecting seniors to essential community services, including meals/nutrition programs, transportation (medical and personal/social), health and fitness programs, and so much more.  Most centers receive some level of federal, state, and possible local funding.  While the funding levels vary, one thing is universal reality – there are always more needs than what the formal funding can possibly address.  

Maumelle Center on the Lake:

The Center website link allows readers to learn more about the Center and the services provided to the community.         https://www.maumelle.org/199/Senior-Wellness

The Center on the Lake is organized as a Department under the Maumelle City Government.  The organizational structure imposes certain restrictions that prevent the Center from pursuing direct fund-raising events. Thankfully, the Center is allowed to receive financial donations to direct to the greatest needs as determined by leadership.   Some interesting facts about the Center:

  • Provided nutritious meals during the 2020 Covid pandemic.

  • Provided Virtual exercise & art classes through social media.

  • Essential transportation including transportation to medical appointments and shopping shuttles within City of Maumelle.

Counting on Each Other:

Counting on Each Other is a 501-c-3 local non-profit whose mission is to advocate for the physical and mental well-being of seniors through community outreach and support of the Maumelle Center on the Lake.  Counting on Each Other funds the following programs and services:

Low Income Senior Dental Assistance Program

Assistance to Maumelle Center on the Lake for facility and transportation needs

Financial assistance to the Maumelle Center on the Lake for senior programs

Counting on Each Other furnishes these services by accepting household donations and reselling the donations to the public.  A sale is held twice a month for these household goods.  Partnering with Caring transitions for Caring for a Cause will allow for larger donations to be accepted and the potential to fund more programs and services for seniors in our community.

Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning.  Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

~  Joan Marques

It is a privilege to help these organizations to better fulfill their mission of service to others.