Join the #NoSeniorAlone for the Holidays Campaign and ensure no seniors will spend the holidays alone.
Senior orphans are seniors who have never been married, maybe married and had no kids, and may have been widowed or they have no family living in the area. The other worst-case scenario is that they have outlived their friend on top of everything else.
1 in 3 San Diego seniors age 65+ live alone, an estimated 150,000 known as “senior orphans” in San Diego County.
SDSCF is working to ensure every senior has someone they can trust by using the senior center to get them engaged and know they don’t have to spend the holidays alone.
With the #NoSeniorAlone campaign, we hope to brighten the holidays for orphaned seniors and introduce all seniors to their local senior center and all it has to offer, including a group of new friends.
The goal? To bring joy to socially isolated seniors through a variety of holiday activities, including parties, letters, food, gifts and home deliveries.
Now in its third year, the grant program represents the largest collective senior holiday effort in the region, partnering with an unprecedented number of senior centers and nonprofit organizations to support more than 5,000 older adults.
Last year, we distributed $85,000 in holiday grants to benefit 2,000 seniors through holiday drive-through parties, gift bags, plants, technology to connect with loved ones, meals, and much more.
Check out the organizations and activities from 2021 below and watch the media clip from CBS8 from one of last year’s celebrations.
Our gracious partners, the Sahm Family Foundation will match every donation up to $50,000 through December 31st. That means your $20, becomes $40. $100 becomes $200. $500 becomes $1,000 and 5,000 can become $10,000.
For many seniors, this may be the first time they can gather in a safe way to celebrate the holidays with their friends since the pandemic began. Join us on November 29th for #GivingTuesday and #NoSeniorAlone for the holidays.
Bayside Community Center (Linda Vista) – A holiday meal and gift baskets for 40 seniors, with food selections that reflect their cultural diversity
Casa Familiar – Festivities at four senior apartment sites in the South Bay/San Ysidro region for 250 seniors
Chicano Federation – Drive-Thru Holiday Celebration, at which 90 seniors, as well as families and individuals, will receive groceries, gift cards, blankets and other essential items to brighten the holidays.
City of San Diego Park De La Cruz Center – Holiday celebrations and Operation Joy to bring happiness and relieve isolation for 200 older adults at the Balboa Park Senior Lounge, including hot chocolate, ornament decorating, holiday cookies and baskets
Del Mar Community Connections – A holiday party with a cookie exchange and live entertainment serving 100 older adults, and handmade plant arrangements and stocking stuffers delivered to 60 homebound seniors with assistance from the Del Mar Garden Club
ElderHelp – Help fund the 22nd annual Holiday Angels outreach, with volunteer “angels” delivering holiday plants, handwritten cards and gift cards to 400 seniors
Encinitas Senior Center – A holiday celebration for 40 participants in the center’s daily congregate meals program, including handwritten holiday cards from local Girl Scouts
Escondido Senior Center – A catered holiday meal for socially isolated seniors and a decorations party will benefit a total of 300 seniors
Fallbrook Senior Center – Holiday gift baskets for 60 homebound older adults and a Hispanic Holiday Outreach event, with a Spanish-language Christmas film at the local old-fashioned movie theater
Feeding San Diego – Holiday Hugs care package program for 400 isolated seniors, with hot cocoa, candy canes and affirmation cards
Foundation for Senior Care – Adopt a Senior Holiday Gift Box program, with custom wreaths and holiday cards delivered to 85 isolated individuals
Foundation for Senior Wellbeing – Senior Trees of Joy program, delivering beautifully decorated tabletop artificial Christmas trees to 50 deserving clients in North County
Fourth District Senior Center (Southeastern San Diego) – A warm and festive holiday gala to brighten the season for 150 seniors
Imperial Beach Senior Center – Holiday gift boxes to 100 isolated seniors, including healthy snacks, handwritten cards, a mini-tree and more
Interfaith Community Services – Adopt a Family Holiday program for 50 isolated seniors to receive gift bags and gift cards
La Jolla Community Center – The Holiday Cheer and Meal Delivery program for 100 isolated seniors, providing 50 Thanksgiving and 50 holiday meals, as well as an in-person holiday celebration for 125 seniors
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center – A Hanukkah Intergenerational Celebration and gift bags for 130 older adults. JCC’s preschoolers will sing holiday songs, and 100 seniors will receive care bags with traditional Hanukkah items
Neighborhood House Senior Center – Holiday cheer to 60 isolated older adults, who will receive an item from their holiday wish list
Oceanside Country Club Senior Center – An Intergenerational Holiday Party that will serve 100 seniors and feature performances by local school choirs, refreshments and a craft project
Peninsula Shepherd Center (Point Loma) – Holiday porch visits and gift bag delivery by volunteers for 80 isolated seniors in the Point Loma and Ocean Beach area
Ramona Senior Center – A holiday celebration for center patrons and delivery of gift bags to participants in the home-bound seniors meal service program, reaching about 150 seniors
Rancho Bernardo Senior Center – A New Year’s celebration for older adults featuring holiday fare, live entertainment and a gift bag with a holiday plant, as well as at-home deliveries, benefitting 100 older adults
San Marcos Senior Center – Gift baskets for 100 seniors attending the center’s Holiday Gala luncheon
Serving Seniors – Holiday party gift bags for 350 seniors at a festive holiday event, with hot cocoa, caroling and crafts
Southern Caregivers Resource Center – A Holiday Drive-Thru Celebration that will benefit 100-200 senior caregivers and care receivers, including no-sew blankets, handmade cards, wintery teas and more.
Vista Senior Center – A fun-filled Holiday Spirit week and a Winter Solstice party for 125 older adults, including bingo, crazy hat day, stuffed sock prize giveaways and a White Elephant gift exchange.
SDSCF is currently seeking companies who want to sponsor holiday events at different Senior Centers throughout San Diego County.
To learn more about sponsorships and how to get involved please contact Kristoffer Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone @ 619-684-9114