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Connecting Generous Individuals to Help Oklahoma City Seniors Maintain Their Independence

RSVP of Central Oklahoma volunteer Rebecca Taylor helps Charlotte Hiel, age 100, travel to and from a medical appointment.

In Oklahoma City, an estimated 20,000 senior adults age 65 and older live alone, many without access to a vehicle (source: U.S. Census American Community Survey). The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping seniors throughout central Oklahoma maintain their independence through grants to programs that help keep seniors safe and living in their own homes.

The grant program, Services for the Elderly iFund, brings together charitable donations from a variety of donors who share a common interest in supporting senior independence. By connecting these charitable resources with nonprofit organizations who are making a difference for our senior citizens, the Community Foundation can help individuals make a greater impact with their donations, no matter the size.

In 2019, nearly $200,000 was awarded to 10 charitable organizations that provide services to seniors. RSVP of Central Oklahoma received a $20,000 iFund grant for its Provide-A-Ride Medical Transportation program to help provide safe transportation to medical appointments for low-income seniors in Oklahoma County.

“Our volunteer drivers accompany our clients to their medical appointments, wait for them, drive them by the pharmacy when needed and safely deliver the clients back home,” said Beth Patterson, executive director of RSVP. “More than just drivers, our volunteers are also caring older adults who give the gift of companionship and friendship to so many elderly persons who live alone.”

Connecting people to causes they care about is what the Oklahoma City Community Foundation does best, and the iFund grant program is just one example. Read more about the many ways the Community Foundation can help connect you with more impactful charitable giving in our 2019 Annual Report or call us at 405/235-5603 to learn more.