Pathlights Celebrates GivingTuesday 2021 (Palos Heights, IL) — This GivingTuesday, Pathlights will inspire generosity through the launch of a new education and fundraising campaign aimed at helping meet the great and growing need for critical, life-sustaining programs and services that help older adults and adults with disabilities remain safe and living in their homes and in our community.
Pathlights, formerly known as PLOWS Council on Aging, has been helping guide communities along the path to aging for 46 years. More than 16,000 individuals in 20 communities throughout the Southwest Suburbs of Cook County use its services annually. The nonprofit helps guide adults 60 years+, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends by providing resources, advocacy, programs and services needed to remain living in the community. Services include home-delivered meals and safety checks, in-home services, support groups, education, and Respite for caregivers, protection from abuse, access to benefits for health insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), energy, transportation, and property tax savings, assistance needed for safe transition from hospitals or skilled nursing facilities, shared housing, and general information about resources. No other organization in the area provides such comprehensive and coordinated services, at no charge.
Pathlights has set a goal to raise $25,000 through the end of 2021. The education campaign, funded in part through a grant from RRF Foundation on Aging, includes a new video and materials that tell stories of people in the community who find support and empowerment at key moments on the aging journey.
GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, this idea has inspired hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Pathlights’ service area includes the second largest number of older adults 60 years and over in suburban Cook County. During the pandemic, Pathlights has received more calls than ever about access to food, lack of affordable medication, foreclosure and eviction and access to basic care.
“As we all age, we do not need to make the journey alone,” said Kenneth Grunke, Executive Director at Pathlights. “Pathlights is there to light the way. With community support, we can continue to more provide critical resources — food, shelter, care, and safety — so more older adults can remain in their homes for as long as possible.”
Pathlights Celebrates GivingTuesday 2021