Q & A
Why are you doing this?
Seniors For Seniors have been advocates for helping seniors live an independent life with dignity for many years and have seen firsthand the growing gap between what some seniors bordering on poverty need and what is actually available to help them get by.
In the fall of 2011 Seniors For Seniors decided to help two seniors by giving them $1,000 each a month for a year. We initiated a financial assistance offering and asked for submissions from the healthcare/homecare community. The outpouring both in terms of seniors needing support and donors wanting to help was overwhelming.
The stories told by the community support agencies of individuals having to choose between their medication and food disturbed us.
But on the upside, so many people wanted to help. We had offers of food, wheelchairs and money. It was clear that there were enough Canadians out there who wanted to do something to help and liked our direct approach of giving back directly.
What can I do to help? Can I volunteer?
Volunteers wishing to help may contact the sponsoring organization directly.
Will I be put on a mailing list?
Donors will not be put on a mailing list of any sort
Will I get a tax receipt?
No. Because the donation is going directly to the senior in need, we do not issue tax receipts.
How does it work?
Seniors In Need™ is an on line registry that connects pre-qualified seniors with willing donors across Canada.
Seniors in need are identified by nonprofit organizations in the community and submitted on the registry.
We post ‘the request for support’ on our website www.seniorsinneed.ca and link a senior in need with a donor via the agency that made the submission.
The Seniors In Need™ project is a new way of giving and will get more people involved in charitable giving and making a difference. It is also a way of thinking differently about giving back and ways to give back.
What type of organizations can participate?
We’re asking nonprofit organizations and healthcare/homecare social agencies to participate.
To participate they must register on our site. We review every submission to ensure they meet our criteria.
We rely on our strong connections within the social services and seniors community to validate the organizations.
What types of donations are you expecting?
Donations can be financial or providing groceries, purchasing grab bars, a wheelchair etc.
How can I ensure my donation will go to someone in my community?
Donors have the option of choosing which province to donate in. Eventually we’ll be able to break it down by city. Because your donation goes directly to the senior in need, we can verify location.
What is the connection between Seniors In Need™ and Seniors For Seniors™?
Established in 1985, Seniors For Seniors™ is a non-medical home care agency that employs Junior Seniors (50 years of age plus) to assist Senior Seniors. Seniors for Seniors™ set up the registry, the website and provided the initial investment.
How do you know that the people receiving a donation really need it?
We ask credible and reputable agencies to submit applications and a case for support for a senior in need, and we review every application to make sure the organization and the submission is credible.
This is important because the nonprofit sponsoring organizations are responsible for verifying the facts contained in their submission and are obliged to take reasonable measures to ensure that any and all donors act in good faith, and in keeping with the charitable nature of this registry.
How can I find out about your financials?
The initiative and support of this website and related activities is provided by Seniors For Seniors™ To learn more about our funding, continue here.
What about the privacy of those you’re helping?
The privacy of individuals will be respected and guaranteed at all times. To read our privacy statement, continue here.
Are you a registered charity?
We are not a registered charity. The donations flow directly to the senior in need via sponsor organizations.
We don’t issue receipts for income tax purposes.