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People Plus Launches Annual Appeal Fundraising Campaign

People Plus has announced the launch of its Annual Appeal fundraising campaign. During this year of COVID-19, People Plus has had to cancel all fundraising events; so it has set a goal of $75,000 for this year’s campaign. The 45 year old non-profit has two “matching donors” to help bring in funds. The first is for $10,000 for new and increased donations this year, specifically to help with Covid expenses. And the second is $2500 for new and increased gifts up to $50 (by people over 65) to encourage smaller donations by older adults. 

Supporting People Plus has a tremendous impact on many people’s lives. The following letter is just one example:

“I used to love going to People Plus to do Chair Yoga. Then COVID hit and I was all alone until I started receiving calls from Carol Aderman (through the ‘Friendly Phone Call’ program). She called every day and I feel we’ve become lifelong friends as she was always there for me. I also get free transportation from People Plus (through VTN), which gives me comfort as I do not drive. I also do the online video exercise classes and love them! I don’t know what I would do without People Plus and its programs!” — Leona Phelan, member since October 2018. Leona passed away this month. Her family wants her final words used for encouraging others to donate. 

People Plus, the Brunswick are senior community center, is a valuable resource for seniors in the local area. 

Last year People Plus 

  • Provided over 31,000 miles of FREE transportation to over 600 riders.

  • Shopped for and delivered more than 1,300 grocery store orders.

  • Coordinated more than 750 prescription and medical deliveries.

  • Placed 2,218 safety check-in calls with our homebound elders.

  • Created and shared over 600 exercise and entertainment videos— with more than 13,000 views from 36 countries!

  • Saw more than 7000 visits to the Center for classes and clubs. 

Funds raised from the appeal are a significant part of the annual budget for the People Plus Center that supports an engaged, healthy and independent life for older adults. Our mission is even more important during these times as we provide rides, help with grocery and prescription pickup and delivery, distribute meals, and offer exercise classes and clubs (whether in person or via Zoom) for socialization and health.

“It’s been a very difficult year for everyone and People Plus has not been immune to feeling the effects of the economic impact,” said Executive Director Stacy Frizzle-Edgerton. “We are hopeful our members and community partners will continue to send their contributions to keep this Center going.”

“We will all need People Plus to be here when this whole thing is over,” continued Frizzle. “We’ve been working hard to keep folks who are coming to the Center protected and those staying home supplied. Thanks to everyone who has already donated!”

“With the launch of the annual campaign, it’s always astounding to see in the letter we share with members and donors the level of impact People Plus has in the community,” said David Forkey, Chairman of the Board. “Every donation, every volunteer hour has a lasting effect and I am so thankful and encouraged by this amazing support. We thank you in advance for considering a donation.”

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