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September 21, 2023 2023 Giving Guide

Independent Seniors Network

2024 Goals

  • Increase members served
  • Increase volunteers
  • Increase public and private funding
  • Establish a strong program for social activities
  • Increase community awareness of our organization
  • Add new board members

Fundraising events/Opportunities

We are currently planning our first fundraising event of 2023. Follow us on social media for more information.

Giving Opportunities

The need for our services far exceeds our current capacity. An estimated 5,000 seniors reside in Portland who meet our criteria of being “The Forgotten Middle.” We provide services to those in need who are above the low-income level, but below the ability to afford private services. Since 2021, we have given more low-income members scholarships, which are contingent on grants each year.

We were volunteer led until spring 2023, when we hired our first part-time employee to coordinate. Our board focuses on public outreach to meet the demand in our neighborhoods. We’ve received in-kind support for marketing and grant writing.

We would like monetary support from businesses to help us grow. You can donate on our website or to our P.O. Box address.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer: Volunteer to work with members. Services include round-trip transportation, friendly visits, shopping, light household or gardening and other essential services that enable our members to live independently at home.
  • Join the Board: Join our board and offer your skills to assist with needed areas such as project management, web building, fundraising and event planning.

“I’m an 82-year-old widow, determined to continue aging in place, though living alone. Just as I was beginning to feel anxiety about outdoor winter work, I learned about Portland Area Villages. The needs their services cover are broad. Simply knowing that this wonderful volunteer community is out there, ready to help, and that’s a relief. Enough to make me feel at ease. Reassured.”
— Elaine, age 82