Our Vision & Mission

No Senior Alone

Help end social isolation for San Diego’s most vulnerable seniors during COVID-19

SDSCF Announces $1 Million No Senior Alone Initiative in Partnership With the Sahm Family Foundation

A recent report from AARP confirmed that social isolation among older people has reached epidemic levels during COVID-19. The health effects of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and women are most at risk. We at San Diego Seniors Community Foundation have decided to do something about it. On Wednesday, Oct. 21 we announced our No Senior Alone initiative, which aims to raise $1 Million for isolated seniors with help from a $500K matching grant from the Sahm Family Foundation. We were joined by Congressman Juan Vargas, along with local health and aging experts who gave a special briefing on the social isolation crisis.

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Our Vision and Mission

We envision a world where older adults enjoy a healthy, dynamic way of life. Where they are socially connected, physically active, and meaningfully engaged in their communities. Where all San Diegans can age with dignity and have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Our mission is to increase awareness and action toward issues impacting seniors and to increase philanthropy to senior-focused organizations. Together, we can create a future where seniors are no longer vulnerable but vibrant.

A Looming Crisis

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We Need Your Help

The San Diego Senior Community Foundation is working to improve the quality of life for seniors in our region through the power of philanthropy. Currently, less than 2% of charitable giving nationwide is directed toward programs for senior citizens. By giving to SDSCF, you can be sure that your money is going to fund initiatives, programs, and infrastructure that will directly support seniors in San Diego. Together we can ensure that all seniors have someone they can turn to and trust.

News & Updates

Joe Gavin appears on KUSI's Good Morning San Diego program with Jason Austell

Video: No Senior Alone Initiative Ends Year on a High Note

Joe Gavin spoke to KUSI about the latest round of grants from SDSCF’s No Senior Alone initiative to help seniors stay healthy, engaged and connected during COVID-19.

Volunteers from the Sheriff's YANA program deliver holiday gifts to isolated seniors

Sheriff’s YANA Program Delivers Holiday Gifts to Seniors

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department delivered holiday cheer to isolated seniors thanks to a $10,000 grant from SDSCF’s No Senior Alone initiative.

SDSCF's Joe Gavin holds holiday gifts to be delivered to residents of Serving Seniors' Potiker Family Senior Residence

CBS 8 Viewers Send Holiday Greetings to Isolated Seniors

A collaboration between CBS 8, San Diego Seniors Community Foundation and Serving Seniors brought holiday well-wishes to isolated seniors at the Potiker Family Senior Residence.

a volunteer hands a bag of goodies to a senior center client at the Ramona Senior Center's drive-thru Christmas party

Ramona Senior Center Makes Merry With a Drive-Through Christmas Party

A grant from San Diego Seniors Community Foundation allowed the Ramona Senior Center to bring joy to its clients with a socially-distanced drive-thru Christmas party.

Latest Research

Read San Diego Seniors Community Foundation’s report on the state of San Diego senior centers.