One of the best parts about working in the fundraising business is helping fantastic causes raise money and awareness for their campaigns to do better in the world. This week, Jackie, our Mixed Bag Designs representative in New York talked with the non-for-profit home care agency Home Aides of Rockland about their organization and their fundraiser. Read on to learn about the inspiring and admirable mission of Home Aides and how you can support them by simply purchasing a bag!
Home Aides of Rockland is a not for profit home care agency that has been providing care in Rockland County since 1969. Their clients are low-income frail elderly, with many coping with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Health care costs are often the most expensive component of an older person’s budget, and seeking help at home is out of the reach for many. Home Aides of Rockland provides the only safety net for these individuals who wish to remain independent and in the community and who want to avoid nursing home placement.
The average client is 87 years old and the majority of them are women who have devoted their lives to raising children and even grandchildren. These people wish to remain in their life-long homes as they approach the final years of their lives. Having a professionally trained and certified aide for as little as 4 hours a week in the privacy of their own homes can make the difference between independence and institutionalization.
All of the funds raised through the Mixed Bag Designs online fundraiser will support the Reduced Rate Home Care Program of Home Aides of Rockland. This program offers affordable vital home care services because the pricing is based upon an individual’s annual income.
In addition to participating in the online fundraiser, Home Aides of Rockland continually seeks volunteers for a variety of activities: friendly callers, grocery shoppers, assistance with fundraising events, birthday and holiday committees. For more information and to learn more about volunteering opportunities at Home Aides of Rockland, visit their website at www.homeaides.org. You can support this organization by shopping online at Mixed Bag Designs and adding their ID 174248 at checkout. Even a purchase of an $8 Reusable Bag can make a big difference!