Bringing “AGE to age” to Ely

Area residents invited to free dinner meeting December 1

Ely will soon become the 15th – and newest – northeastern Minnesota community to launch “AGE to age: bringing generations together” and make it their own. The Northland Foundation is inviting Ely residents to attend a kick-off meeting on Thursday, December 1 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ely Lodge, in the Sunset Room, 400 N. Pioneer Road. A light dinner, free of charge, will be served from 5:00-5:30, followed by the community meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Prizes will also be given away.
AGE to age began in 2008 and is part of the Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Program. Each of the AGE to age sites is driven by and for local community members to help them purposefully connect older adults ages 55+ with young people to build friendships across the generations, share their talents and skills and work together on community activities and projects. The other AGE to age sites are Aitkin, Bois Forte Reservation, Chisholm, Cloquet, Floodwood, Fond du Lac Reservation, Grand Portage Reservation, International Falls, Itasca Area, McGregor, Moose Lake, Proctor, Silver Bay and Two Harbors.
With support from the Northland Foundation, Ely residents will come together in a series of meetings, including a Speak-Out where people from all the different generations will share stories about the community and what it was like as they were growing up.
They will also create together a vision statement to guide their local efforts, as well as begin to plan some short- and long-term project ideas. These might be things like starting a community garden, walking or exercise groups, hosting game nights or ice cream socials, having young people help older people with smart phones and other technology, and community improvement projects such as beautifying a local park. The Northland Foundation will provide some funding to start off projects, too.
The expansion of AGE to age in Ely is supported with a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation.
“The Northland Foundation is excited to launch another program in Ely, which has been a part of our KIDS PLUS Early Childhood Initiative for a number of years,” stated Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation’s Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director, “The community can look forward to great things from local young people and older adults as they work together to make a positive difference. We hope to see a great turnout at the first meeting!”
If anyone has questions about AGE to age or the upcoming meeting in Ely, they can call the Northland Foundation at (218) 723-4040 or email to info@northlandfdn.org.