The long-running partnership between the Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging, The El Paso Times and the recently added partner, United Way of El Paso County, is kicking off its Senior Fund annual donation drive to support El Paso’s senior citizens.
“With the needs of some of our community’s most vulnerable, ever evolving because of the pandemic, the Senior Fund is urging community members to give what they can to support the needs of seniors,” organizers shared.
All donations made to the Senior Fund go toward covering the cost of assistance that cannot be covered by the Area Agency on Aging or any other social service organizations. Items purchased can include dental services, hearing aids, medications, medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and canes, home modifications such as shower conversions, door widening, and ramps, and other requests as needed.
This past year, The Senior Fund was able to allocate more than $31,000 to pay for needed services for Area Agency on Aging client needs, including two (2) dental procedures, four (4) grab bar home installations, three (3) home modification projects, and five (5) hearing aid fittings.
In response to the pandemic, United Way, by way of the Senior Fund, also began assembling senior care kits for those 65 or older who were unable to leave their homes.
The senior care kits included toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, masks and hand sanitizer, and were delivered directly to older adults in need. Between April and November, more than 1,550 senior care kits have been delivered safely by volunteers.
Though the Senior Fund accepts donations year-round, its annual fundraising drive continues until the end of the year.
Checks can be made out to United Way of El Paso County – Senior Fund, mailed to:
United Way of El Paso County, P.O. Box 1707, El Paso TX 79949
Online, under the “Ways to Give” tab; the Senior Fund option will be in the menu at left.