Elder Care Community Council wants to let you know how much we appreciate this community during this time. Our thoughts are with you, and we hope you are staying well. These are heavy times, and we are all focused on the safety and health of our families and those close to us. We are honored you are taking the time to connect with us here.

ECCC is now over four years old and we have grown tremendously. We are a 501(c)(3). We would not be where we are without generous donors and people like you to help us plan for the future. Whether you are taking time to read our updates, contributing financially, volunteering, or keeping seniors in Franklin County in your thoughts, you are making a difference. Your support during this time is so appreciated.

Since we have had to close the Holy Family Senior Center for the daily lunch and all activities, here is what we have been doing:

* Providing bags of groceries to supplement home meals, along with paper products and other goods as we can acquire them.

* Providing lunch in take-out containers and by delivering meals to the seniors’ porches if they are not able to drive to the center for pick up.

* Making phone calls to all seniors on our list to do outreach and offer assistance and support. Sending out cards of encouragement and connection to seniors.

* Distributing home sewn face masks.

* Securing new volunteers. We are working with donors and fulfilling requests for estate planning to include ECCC.

* Continuing the weekly column in the Apalachicola Times reaching out to seniors at home that might need assistance.

* Partnering with Area Agency on Aging of North Florida and the Liberty County Senior Services, increasing recipients for Meals on Wheels as well as looking for more funding opportunities.

ECCC is committed to doing everything we can to keep seniors in Franklin County safe and healthy during this time. All donations go toward supporting seniors in their areas of greatest need, helping them to be safe as they respond to COVID-19.

Our mission is to be the bridge that connects seniors to a community of support through advocacy, enhancement, and expansion of services. Our goals include:

1) Assuring every senior in Franklin County is taken care of in their home with the resources they need to stay healthy by doing outreach, advocacy, linkage to existing services and filling in the gaps.

2) Keeping the doors at Holy Family Senior Center open in Apalachicola, and after this pandemic resolves, providing opportunities for lunch, social, artistic, musical, educational, health and wellness activities.

3) Delivering food twice a month from the Franklin County Food Bank to homebound seniors in the county and providing additional supplies such as household goods like cleaning supplies and paper goods at least once per year.

4) Taking further actions to reduce food insecurity in the county by supplying supplemental food to the food pantry recipients, especially to the homebound.

5) Providing outreach through Neighbor 2 Neighbor with handyman services, friendly visitors and respite assistance.

Some examples of our growth have been that in 2017, we provided 720 lunches to seniors at Holy Family; in 2018 that grew to 1,663 lunches and in 2019 to 2,960. In the first quarter of 2020, we provided 815 lunches.

In 2017, we had 238 people attend social activities at the center. In 2018, attendance grew to 753 people and in 2019 more than doubled to 1,807. In the first quarter of 2020, the number of participants for daily lunch was 815 and social activities was 730, so before the COVID-19 virus, we were well on our way to increasing those served for 2020.

Overall, ECCC’s volunteer hours increased from 495 in 2017, to 1,908 hours in 2018, and to 2,490 hours last year. We also have continued our work with the Franklin County Food Pantry, coordinating the delivery of food to homebound seniors twice a month with a fabulous team of volunteers for the past four years.

Our biggest fundraiser for the last two years has been the SGI ECCC Sizzler 5K Race and One Mile Fun Run the first Saturday in August. It does not seem likely we will be able to hold that event, and our spring fundraiser had to be canceled.

We are so grateful for your support, in whatever form it takes. The only way to get through this is together. Contact us by email at ecccfranklin@gmail.com or call us at 850-370-0116 to discuss how you can get involved.

Our information is Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County, PO Box 335, Eastpoint, FL 32320. Credit card donation are accepted on our website www.Ecccfranklin.org. Our FaceBook page is ECCC - E Triple C, and our EIN is #81-3647664.

Serving on our board are President Valentina Webb, Vice President Donna Duncan, Past President Bonnie Kellogg and Secretary/Treasurer Betsy Nofziger.