Grants $10,000 to support Northern Virginia Rides Program for seniors

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released “A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia,” a report on the aging population in the Northern Virginia region.  The study highlights demographic, social and economic trends that impact older adults, ages 65 and over, in Northern Virginia and is one of a series of publications commissioned and published by the Community Foundation to inform, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs.  It uses data and population projections to identify current needs and to plan for future needs of this population, expected to grow by 76% in the next twenty years.  The research was conducted by the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia led by Dean Montgomery and his staff, and includes the most current data available from U.S. Census Reports, Virginia Health Surveys, Senior Stability Surveys, and other sources.  The report can be downloaded at www.cfnova.org.

The data indicates a need to support seniors aging in place.  In response, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committing $10,000 to support the Community Mobility: Northern Virginia Rides Program, which provides transportation options to Northern Virginians who would not otherwise have mobility access, by offering a coordinated volunteer-driver transportation model to community groups.  This initiative was developed by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging, Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Giving Circle of HOPE, Volunteer Fairfax, representatives of community nonprofit social service providers, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.   

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