Mission: Lifeforce in Later Years: Enhancing the well being of our oldest community members through free- of-charge services with a corps of dedicated volunteers; bringing together community partners; expanding the Lifeforce in Later Years (“LiLY”) model nationally; and raising awareness to improve the way we honor and care for the elderly.
Morningside Village, LiLY’s nationally recognized model program in Morningside Heights in Manhattan, through a cadre of skilled volunteers, is helping elderly neighbors to age comfortably in their own homes where they want to remain. In 2015, we founded a second Manhattan-based community program, West Harlem Neighbors, as well as Catskill Neighbors in upstate New York. Trained caring volunteers, who live nearby, befriend frail elderly neighbors, help to connect them with the community and needed services as well as new friendships, promoting health and happiness wherever possible.
With our experience and with requests from all over the nation, LiLY publishes free-of-charge Guidelines on its website and is mentoring leaders in other communities, e.g., in Fairfield Illinois and Solano County, California.
Through LiLY’s annual New York Citywide Celebrate Our Elders Week campaign (October 1-7), your dollars bring schools, nonprofits, public agencies and media together to advocate and promote respect, inspire the creation of programs, and increase volunteerism.