San Diego Seniors Community Foundation

Newsletter  //  December 2020

Dear Friend,

Over the last two months, SDSCF has granted more than $226,000 to senior service providers who are helping isolated seniors stay healthy, engaged, and connected during the pandemic. Thanks to your generous contributions to the No Senior Alone initiative, our foundation is making real headway in combatting social isolation within San Diego's senior population.

However, our work is far from over. As this unprecedented year winds down we see a new light on the horizon. The vaccine is coming and the end of the pandemic is in sight! But it will take an extensive effort to ensure isolated seniors receive the vaccine and senior centers get the support they need to reopen post-COVID. As we work toward recovery, it is vital that we stay focused on the needs of our rapidly aging population and protect the services older people need to live healthy, independent, and meaningful lives.   

We hope that you will join us in continuing to advocate for the needs of older people across San Diego County. If you can, please make a year-end contribution to the No Senior Alone campaign to help local seniors thrive now and into the future. All gifts will be matched by the Sahm Family Foundation! Together we can ensure every local senior has someone they can turn to and trust. 

Thank you for your support.

Ted Chan, M.D.
Board Chairman

Bob Kelly
President & CEO


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Donor Shout Out

Vyan Nguyen, MD
"The No Senior Alone Initiative is a tremendous effort that the Gary and Mary West Foundation is proud to be a part of. It’s inspiring to see funders from across our community partner with SDSCF to meet the needs of isolated older adults."

Vyan Nguyen, M.D.
Gary and Mary West Foundation

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