THE NEW JEWISH HOME, SARAH NEUMAN HOSTS ‘WALK AND ROLL!’ WITH LARCHMONT-MAMARONECK GIRL SCOUTS
Intergenerational Event Raises Over $13,000 To Update Girl Scout Troop House, Provides Access for Disabled Scout
(June 7, 2017 – MAMARONECK, NY) Today, the elderly residents of The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman, a Mamaroneck nursing home, hosted an intergenerational event with the Larchmont Mamaroneck Girl Scouts to help make the dream of Olivia VanderWoude, a young, wheelchair-bound Girl Scout, come true.
The event “Walk and Roll!” paired together Girl Scouts and seniors to walk and “roll” around a course on the Sarah Neuman campus grounds, raising over $13,000 for the construction of a handicap ramp and modifications to the Larchmont Girl Scout House. These modifications will allow Olivia, and others in the community, to take part in the events held there.
The event featured over 40 Girl Scouts and 30 elders, who were led in procession by Olivia and Margaret Oakley, a Sarah Neuman resident and former Girl Scout. Live music was performed by kids from the local School of Rock program. There were ribbons for the participants, and, of course, tasty Girl Scout cookies for all attendees to enjoy. The event was capped off with a group chorus of the traditional Girl Scout song, “Make New Friends.”
Sandra Mundy, Administrator at Sarah Neuman said, “As this year marks Sarah Neuman’s 25th Anniversary as part of The New Jewish Home, we are thrilled to host ‘Walk and Roll!’ Sarah Neuman has a long history with intergenerational volunteers, including the local Girl Scouts, and this was the perfect opportunity to show our thanks and to help Olivia.”
Patricia Allen, Larchmont Mamaroneck Girl Scout Service Unit Manager said, “We are so grateful to The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman for hosting this event and humbled by the amount of community support for this project. It is a wonderful example to the girls of what can be accomplished when we all work together.”
Fundraising came from individual donations and support from local businesses and organizations including Houlihan Lawrence, The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, and Larchmont Knights of Columbus. In addition to hosting the event, The New Jewish Home presented a $1,000 donation, made possible by the Penn Oberlander family donation. The event also featured a raffle for prizes, including four tickets to a Mets baseball game and a baseball autographed by Mets player Yoenis Cespedes.
The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman, part of The New Jewish Home, a comprehensive New York-area geriatric care system, plays an important role in caring for the most frail and vulnerable elders in Mamaroneck, Larchmont and the surrounding area. Each year, the 450-person staff of healthcare professionals provides gentle, thoughtful and expert care for 1,100 older adults, both long-term residents and elders undergoing short-term rehabilitation. The specialized services on the five-and-a-half-acre campus include a unit dedicated to seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and Westchester’s first and only Green House program. This groundbreaking model of long-term care nurtures and supports residents’ individuality, dignity and joy of life as well as their physical well-being.
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson serves approximately 30,000 girls and 12,000 adult members in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. Girl Scouts provides opportunities and experiences as diverse as the girls we serve. For more information, please visit www.girlscoutshh.org.