We help seniors flourish through active engagement with their communities.
In 1972 seniors came together to find solutions for critical issues they faced as they aged. Thanks to their initiative, Boulder County RSVP Board Inc., dba Cultivate, joined a growing peer-driven movement to promote self-sufficiency, dignity and concrete solutions. Over the past 48 years, our organization continues to take inspiration from our founders who came together to share their strengths and mitigate their challenges. Cultivate provides unique services, which minimize isolation, meet basic human needs and help prevent unnecessary institutionalization. In 2018, we changed our name to Cultivate and updated our mission: help seniors flourish through active engagement with their community. In 2019, Cultivate's services reached nearly 13% of all Boulder County seniors by serving nearly 7,700 adults over the age of 60 and their family members. Cultivate promotes self-sufficiency, safety and health, despite advancing age or ability. We are an innovative leader in the field of aging services and our Safety Net Services make a true impact on seniors' ability to age in place with support and dignity.
Boulder County is facing a boom in its aging population. According to the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA), Boulder County's population is aging at one of the fastest rates in Colorado. The current estimation is that 13% of Boulder County residents are 65 or older with a projected increase to 20% by 2030. According to the 2018 Boulder County Trends Report, 60% of residents 65 or older have a physical or mental disability and 31% report feeling lonely or isolated.
As our community ages, more and more individuals plan to age in place and look for assistance to remain independent with community support. The Aging in Boulder County: Past, Present, Future Report found that nearly 76% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their homes while staying active in the community. Although Boulder County and surrounding economies are booming, many older adults do not benefit directly from this growth. Seniors face increasing medical, housing, utility and other costs and the consequences of rapid urbanization often increase their isolation and vulnerability.
Of those who provide income documentation, 95% of seniors enrolled in Cultivate's services live near or below the poverty level. Through Cultivate's free Safety Net Services, we fill a gap among services that target this vulnerable population and meet seniors' critical needs for food, healthcare, and personal safety. By providing seniors the tools they need to age independently in their homes and communities, we provide a critical resource for older adults who "fall through the cracks" in our communities. What makes Cultivate unique, however, is that not only do we provide direct services to seniors, but we also facilitate the connections that make seniors feel valued and engaged with their community. True to our origin mission, Cultivate builds on the strength of community volunteers, the majority of whom are age 55+ to support their neighbors.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help and kindness you showed to me. It has been very difficult handling this house alone and at times I feel so overwhelmed. You went beyond what I asked you."
"Your help the last several years meant so much to me, when I needed it most. It is wonderful to know someone is there to help! Thank you!"
"I have too things to thank you for. First, for many years of snow shoveling. And secondly for the daily telephone calls. I can't express how much comfort these calls give me. I feel no longer alone and know that someone has my back. You are a great organization."
"Without the help of these wonderful volunteers, I could not get to my chemotherapy appointments. They are my angels and the reason I am alive."
"I don't think there is any way I could possibly express my gratitude sufficiently for what a huge difference you make to my mom. As an 88 year old, living independently still, she thrives on doing what she can on her own. Most weeks she does not feel up to going to the grocery store anymore, or I don't have the time when she has the energy to make it work. This service is indeed phenomenal and a huge help to us both, but what makes it so extraordinary is your patience and care. You are what makes it so possible for her to continue to live on her own, give her dignity and people that enrich her life."
"These guys, they are freakin A. Nobody else will take me to the VA, but these guys will." - Ron, Vietnam War Veteran.