A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors to help older adults thrive. We empower our members to age well in their homes and communities by connecting them with neighbors of all ages who volunteer to perform services. Our volunteers help out with tasks like transportation, yard and home chores, handy and technology help, snow shoveling, and caregiver respite, while forging meaningful intergenerational connections.
We're helping navigate the unknowns of aging with access to experts in the field and higher levels of care, while providing opportunities for community engagement.
During the COVID-19 crisis, we have been supporting our members by mobilizing our volunteers to provide critical services including grocery/medication delivery, errand runs, regular social care calls, virtual and distanced programming, and kindness kit deliveries to combat isolation.
A Little Help began in 2005 when a group of retirees recognized the desire of many older adults in the area to age well in their own homes and contribute to their respective communities. These neighbors based their model on the national village movement, where neighbors coordinate and deliver vital services within community to empower older adults to remain in their homes. In 2007, A Little Help (formerly Washington Park Cares) incorporated as a 501(c)(3) to provide older adults with non-medical services essential to maintaining active, productive lives in their own homes and communities.
Since our founding over fifteen years ago, A Little Help has served well over 2,000 older adults and has engaged more than 5,000 community volunteers. A Little Help's mission is simple, to connect neighbors to help older adults thrive. By connecting older adults to good neighbors, an important resource plentiful in every community, our members are empowered to age in their own homes, on their own terms. Older adult are at risk of losing independence and identity with age, but good neighbors can provide a little help to older adults with tasks like transportation, yard work, handiwork, home organization, and social engagement so they may thrive interdependently in the communities they have put down roots in for decades. We are creating opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful intergenerational community with neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to share stories, combat isolation, and reawaken purpose.
A Little Help's vision for growth is to serve more older adults better. We are growing throughout urban, suburban, and rural Colorado by establishing sustainable locations that implement our mission, service delivery, programming, and branding. A Little Help has developed our geographically flexible model with best practices that can have a tangible impact (including enriched quality of life and positive health outcomes) on older adults and their neighbors at the individual and community levels. We will engage members and volunteers in these areas through outreach and community-building initiatives while shifting the collective consciousness to celebrate community.
With our refined and efficient systems and infrastructure in place, a dedicated board and capable staff, and growing community support from volunteers, older adults, and donors, we are prepared to continue our substantial growth in the future.
Here is just a small sample of what our members and volunteers have to say about their experiences:
"Knowing someone will check up, come by, or call is important for anyone living alone."
"It is such comfort to have all of you in our neighborhood. You are helping me stay longer in my home in spite of advancing age. Thanks for helping me hang in there with this non-senior-friendly house."
"I continue to speak with Dorothy 1-2 times per week. Dorothy is wonderful to chat with. She has eagerly shared her life journey with me, and I feel honored to know her."
"A Little Help and all the wonderful volunteers have been a blessing from above during this unimaginable time. My 92 year old mother and I thank all of you tenfold for the courageous, kind and generous gift you have given all of us... plus, we made wonderful new friends."
"I called this woman thinking I would make a difference in her day and she really made a difference in my day. Thank you for this opportunity."