Making a Difference Right Here at Home
You can tell a lot about the character of an organization by looking at how they give back to their community.
When Gina and I started Aware Senior Care in 2014, one of our strategic goals was to immerse ourselves in the Cary and Raleigh community and give as much as we could in donations, volunteer work, and free education. We thought we would share with you some of the things we’ve done in our community.
Since its inception, Aware Senior Care has donated both time and treasure to the following organizations in the Triangle:
- Dorcas Ministries
- Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited
- The Center for Volunteer Caregiving
- Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (formerly Alzheimer’s NC, Inc.)
- Transitions Guiding Lights
- Transitions Life Care
- Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
- National Parkinson’s Association
- Life Experiences in Cary (Downs Syndrome)
Service Above Self
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina Board Membership
In June 2018, Tim was selected to become a board member of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (formerly Alzheimer’s of NC, Inc.). The mission of DANC is to improve lives of caregivers, those living with dementia, and other North Carolinians impacted by dementia, engaging and empowering them through support, education, and research.
Wake Tech CNA Scholarship Program
In 2018, Aware Senior Care started the annual Gina Murray/Cary Kildaire Rotary RN Nursing Scholars Award, which provides scholarship money for Wake Technical Community College nursing students in order to help them continue to pursue their dream of a career dedicated to helping others.
Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
Gina is on the Board of Directors for the [Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina] (AHHC). AHHC is a nonprofit trade association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, personal care, private duty nursing and companion/sitter services. Its mission is to provide resources, education, advocacy and leadership.
Cary Chamber of Commerce
We participate annually in the Chamber Expo, but our largest community service is helping with the Chamber Day of Service. In the past, we have helped a family with a loved one with early Alzheimer’s and have helped install grab bars and other items to support a disabled person at home.
Church Educational Seminars and Support
We have held educational home care seminars and panels with over sixteen churches in Cary and Raleigh. Our mission is to educate about the wonderful resources in the community that can help seniors and persons with disabilities to live at home. Churches that we have visited include:
- St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Cary
- First United Methodist Church Cary
- Westwood Baptist Church Cary
- Millbrook United Methodist Church Raleigh
- White Memorial Presbyterian Church Raleigh
- Temple Beth Or Raleigh
- Hayes Barton Baptist Church Raleigh
- Providence Baptist Church Raleigh
- Redeeming Love Baptist Church Raleigh
Cary Memory Cafe
Tim is a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and is a board member of the Cafe, for which he volunteers every third Tuesday. The five Rotary Clubs sponsor a great gift to caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s: every third week the Cafe holds a dinner and entertainment. Tim is currently working to form a nonprofit for the Cafe.
Tim is a member of this “service above self” Rotary group. The group meets every Thursday night at 6 PM at the Mayton Inn. Tim is currently a board member chairing the vocational committee. The Rotary’s primary contribution to the Cary community is awarding scholarships to deserving kids in Cary high schools. With the proceeds from fundraising, the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club has awarded over $312,000 in scholarships since 1986.
Cary and Raleigh Senior Center Seminars
Each year, Aware Senior Care volunteers time to hold various seminars at both the Raleigh and Cary Senior Centers on topics helpful to seniors to live well at home. We always post our presentations on our website and anyone can view them. Topics have included:
- Live Well at Home
- Eat Well at Home
- Move Well at Home
- Think Well and Stress Less at Home
- Sleep Well at Home
We Serve Veterans
Tim is a veteran and comes from a family of veterans. In 2017, we were approved by the VA to be part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice Program, allowing Aware Senior Care to provide home health care to veterans funded directly by the VA. We were also honored to be screened and selected to join the NCServes Central Carolina network as a provider with a commitment to improving services for veterans throughout Central Carolina.
NCServes Central Carolina is a coordinated network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and their families in Central Carolina, from Raleigh to Fayetteville and through the Triad. The network includes more than 70 providers, including Aware Senior Care, that can assist with housing and emergency services, recreation and fitness, financial capabilities, and more. Aware Senior Care will assist veterans with professional in-home care services.