Circle of Care Project is an award winning asset-based community development project which provides innovative solutions for Aging in Place and Livable Community Design.
Our social innovation project connects vulnerable seniors and people with disabilites with volunteer drivers who not only provide assisted para-transportation and companion services but both parties receive free access to life enhancing community resources in the area of arts and culture, concerts, theater, film, lifelong learning, recreation, social and civic engagement opportunities & more. Both volunteer and elder receive complimentary event tickets and academic scholarships to provide volunteer and elder enrichment to a meaningful destination. Our LAP Project (Library Access Partners) provides transportation services to insure a lifetime of access to library resources.
Circle of Care Project energizes intergenerational civic engagement and establishes strategic partnerships across systems to provide older adults and volunteers of all ages, incomes and abilities with life-long access to community resources.
Circle of Care has been recognized by AARP, Partners for Livable Community and others as a benchmark program and best practice. We feel strongly that transportation projects need to have a more comprehensive view of what insures a good quality of life. Weaving together community resources with transportation and community building by providing enlivening affordable destinations, has proven highly successful in addressing the needs of an aging populace. Mobilizing the arts, culture, transportation and educational opportunities through social/civic engagement and community partnership, positively impacts and engages an entire community. The ride alone sometimes is just not enough, we are hardwired to need people. Providing a support system to maximize transit programs as we age creates not only mobility but a sense of social belonging and opportuniites to live life with meaning and purpose.
We look forward to sharing our program model through replication and education, scaling best practices to provide affordable, effective solutions for municipalities, social service agencies, senior markets, nonprofit organizations and others through a transfer of knowledge and hands on technical assistance.
Circle of Care Project
PO Box 4204
Boulder CO, 80306
Joan Raderman, Founder & Community Developer
Ashoka Affiliate Fellow