Bridges Together, Inc. has received a $60,000 donation from two philanthropists in Massachusetts who support the organization’s efforts to “change the fabric of society” by establishing mutually beneficial connections between children and older adults!
Inspired by the benefits they noted during their personal involvement as volunteers in Bridges Together’s programs, the anonymous donors are hoping the money will enable these same educational programs to reach more communities across the nation.
“Research shows these types of activities involving children and senior citizens really do change attitudes,” said one of the donors. “Since we are an aging society, we need to prepare our children not only to interact with seniors, but to actually enjoy them. Seniors, on the other hand, need to learn to trust these joy-filled, enthusiastic children.”
“We are immensely grateful for this major gift from these social impact donors,” said Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, founder and executive director of Bridges Together, Inc. “With this kind of financial and philosophical support, we are able to enlighten many more people about the benefits of bringing generations together, and we are able to introduce intergenerational programming to communities that otherwise might not have the opportunity to unite their oldest and youngest members in engaging, creative, and ultimately productive ways.”
Research has demonstrated that both older adults and children can benefit from Bridges Together programs, which promote positive attitudes about aging among children and encourage older adults to broaden their social activities and engage with children in educational settings.