Help Fund Folks at Home

The 2015-16 Sewanee Community Chest (SCC) Fund Drive is underway. The power of the people helping people makes a difference in the life of the community. Sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association, the SCC raises money yearly for local charitable organizations serving the area. This year’s goal is $100,000. Currently 37 percent has been raised in donations and pledges.

Folks at Home (F@H) began as a grassroots project, sponsored by Otey Memorial Parish. In 2010, the organization began its first full year of operation. F@H is a local nonprofit organization developed for and dedicated to assisting its members in continuing a dignified and comfortable lifestyle in the community through coordination of services they need during elder years. Anyone of any age is invited to participate.

In 2014 F@H provided more than 2,500 services including transportation, home visits, consultations, care and service coordination, information and referrals, as well as the pro bono Equipment Exchange of accessibility items. F@H provides services at no cost to the recipients. In addition to the 56 annual subscribing members, F@H provided pro bono services to more than 81 individuals and 10 groups/organizations. The fact that the number of pro bono clients who received services tripled from 2013 to 2014 is an indication of the tremendous need for these services.

The F@H director, assistant, and volunteers provided these services. Community volunteers (30) contributed more than 148 hours of direct service to 22 people, while three volunteers gave more than 100 hours of office support. University students (seven) gave 48 hours to 10 households via Community Engaged Learning.

F@H will receive $5,000 from the Sewanee Community Chest, assuming goal is met.

For more information about F@H, contact director Kathleen O’Donohue at folksathomesewanee@gmail.com.

The goal of the Sewanee Community Chest is to help citizens by funding the community. The Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send your donation to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375.

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