CITS 2020: Adopt a Grandparent Program!

Dear CITs 2020,

We hope you are all doing well. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Baycrest, a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. We will be taking part in Baycrest’s “Adopt a Grandparent” initiative, with a pilot group exclusive to our 2020 CITs. This is a fantastic way to receive community service hours, be part of a new movement and show that #ManitouCares. This will allow you to connect with seniors in our community, one of the most vulnerable and isolated populations right now, and embody our Manitou values of supporting and learning from the wisdom of the older generation.

To take part in the program, you will submit an application, participate in an interview, and attend an orientation to give you the tools to make a meaningful connection. You will then be matched with one of Baycrest’s residents and begin your correspondence. This is an amazing chance to develop a long term relationship with a Baycrest resident and be able to offer them support. We ask that you make a commitment for 1 year until June 2021 to communicate with your match once a week.

We will work closely with Baycrest staff to provide you with leadership and programming opportunities, as well as ongoing support. For now, all communication and programs will be virtual. However, as restrictions change, we hope for you to have the ability to mail cards, meet in person and get involved with on-site Baycrest activities.

Please let us know if you are interested in taking part in this unique opportunity by submitting a form by no later than Tuesday, June 9th.

Choosing to be a part of this program through Manitou will help us to continue to provide you with opportunities to give back and step out of your comfort zone. This will increase your skillset and positively impact both your future camp applications and beyond. As we always recite at the end of our Manitou fireside poem, “double blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old.”

We look forward to taking the next steps with you, providing you the chance to give back and be fortunate enough to grow from these new connections.

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