BOISE NEIGHBOR-TO-NEIGHBOR NETWORK, INC. - June 2014 Update
1009 W. Fort St., Boise, ID 83702 - 208-344-0375 - BoiseN2N@gmail.com
A little more than a year ago, 120 people met at North Junior High to explore a new way to deal with the stresses and opportunities of aging in Boise. Perhaps you were there, moving from classroom to classroom as our numbers grew and finally ending up in the gym, where the bleachers could seat all of us. We heard from Susan Graham, a long-time elder-law attorney, and Tom LaPointe, who drove down from Moscow, where he and others had started "My Own Home," a nonprofit formed to bring people together with the services, information and, yes, friendships they need to live well and independently into their 70s, 80s and even 90s.
The excitement, interest and impetus generated by that gathering has continued and deepened over the last 12 months, as a core group formed and has devoted a considerable chunk of time to birthing a new nonprofit, "Boise Neighbor-2-Neighbor Network, Inc." Following up on our report to you last December, we have completed our filing for IRS 501(c)3 designation and donations are tax deductible. Committees have researched census and needs-assessment data and identified initial services and programs to offer. Our business plan is nearing completion, as are the forms and procedures for accepting subscribers and volunteers. We are preparing to launch a basic website and Facebook page. And we are beginning outreach to the broader community with a booth at the Community Progressive in Julia Davis Park on June 28. (It's 10am-8pm and free; please come! We'll be near the band shell where music and entertainment go on all day.)
In addition, we have met with and received excellent guidance and enthusiastic support from people involved with issues BN2N will address: Diana Lachiando, Mayor Dave Bieter's community liaison, who has first-hand knowledge of one of our models, Boston's Beacon Hill Village; Stephanie Bender-Kitz, executive director of Friends in Action, which focuses on caregiver training; Rosemary Reinhart, director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, whose program may soon involve volunteer opportunities that BN2N could help provide; Dr. Sarah Toevs, director, BSU Center for the Study of Aging, who encouraged us to work in cooperation with existing service providers (a strategy we embrace) and offered her help in obtaining graduate students to work with our subscribers; a number of potential service providers in various fields; and countless individuals we've told about this endeavor one-on-one. To a person, they have urged us forward, and their energy buoys us.
As we gear up to open subscribership, we are faced with several facts. Insurance, anticipated salary for a part-time director and operating expenses for our first full year are estimated to cost $60,000. Volunteers must be found and trained to engage with our first group of subscribers. And potential subscribers must hear about us and sign up for our services and programs. We need your help to do all of these things and more. Please let us know if you have as little as an hour or two a week to offer. Please make a generous donation--it's tax deductible to the extent of the law!--and special Charter and Founding subscriberships will be available. When they are up and running, please visit our website (www.BoiseN2N.clubexpress.com) and "like" our Facebook page to keep up with what's happening as we roll out ideas for this new, exciting and valuable alternative. And please tell your friends and relatives about what's happening, too!
On June 7, the Steering Committee roughed out a timeline for what must be accomplished before we launch services on Feb. 2, 2015. It's attached, fyi. If you see a timeframe and activity you would like to jump into, please let me know asap by calling 208-344-0375 or emailing BoiseN2N@gmail.com.
Thanks for your continued interest and support. We'll keep you posted as we go and grow!
Susan Graham, president, on behalf of the steering committee: Susan Allison, Kristi Doud, Lee Godshalk, Carol Mitchell, Karen Nelson, Jerry Ransom, Tiffany Robb, Troy Rohn and Diane Ronayne