click to enlarge A senior using the Senior Transport program through Senior Services and a wheelchair ramp installed by Habitat for Humanity, both of which are longtime King's Daughters grant recipients. - PHOTO COURTESY CFLL
PHOTO COURTESY CFLL
A senior using the Senior Transport program through Senior Services and a wheelchair ramp installed by Habitat for Humanity, both of which are longtime King's Daughters grant recipients.

Community organizations that serve senior citizens in Sangamon County recently received a total of $185,191 in grants from the King's Daughters Organization Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. Over the past 15 years, the King's Daughters Organization Fund has provided more than $2 million in grants for programs that improve the lives of seniors.

Funds will be used to provide seniors with hearing aids and glasses, medical prescription assistance, health and safety equipment and supplies, equipment and training for the visually impaired, guidance in accessing resources, critical home safety repairs, wheelchair ramps and numerous other services.

Grant recipients include AgeLinc (Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland), Contact Ministries, Educational Center for the Visually Impaired, Greater All Nation Tabernacle Church, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, Illinois Presbyterian Home, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Loami Area Community Pantry, MindsEye Radio, Senior Services of Central Illinois, Springfield Housing Authority, The James Project, The Joy of Movement, The Parent Place and The Springfield Salvation Army Corps and Community Center.

For over 100 years, the King's Daughters Organization operated a home in Springfield to provide housing and care for elderly women. When the home closed in 2007, the King's Daughters Organization joined with the Community Foundation to continue its mission through grant awards that aid older people. There are currently nine King's Daughters Circles of Friendship with members engaged in a wide range of volunteer service. For more information, go to www.kdospringfield.org/.

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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