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THE FRIENDSHIP

Cause Area

  • Seniors

Location

2827 WHEAT STCOLUMBIA, SC 29205 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The FriendShip is a nonprofit organization in Columbia, SC dedicated to helping older adults lead healthy, independent, and active lives in their own homes and communities. Bringing together members age 50 and older and volunteers, The FriendShip provides a variety of programs and services including transportation, home maintenance assistance, and opportunities for social engagement to enable members to age in place.

Description

The FriendShip began as the dream of a small group of Columbia, South Carolina residents in 2012 when they read about the "village concept" in the AARP magazine. This concept, which holds that a membership-driven network of older adults and volunteers can create a system of supports to help people age successfully in their own homes and communities, immediately resonated with these individuals. They decided to attend their first Village to Village Network conference in Atlanta, Georgia later that year. They returned to South Carolina with a new sense of determination and got to work developing a village tailored to the Columbia area.

Throughout 2013, the group met for regular strategy sessions and worked with students from the University of South Carolina Law School to establish by-laws, articles of incorporation, and formal 501(c)3 status. Fundraising, organizing, and launch preparations continued throughout 2014 and in the fall of 2015 The FriendShip formally opened! Today, The FriendShip is happy to be an ever-growing, vital part of our community serving the over-50 population in the Columbia, South Carolina area.

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