The Arbors Gives Back is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated to raising funds to serve the needs of the local community.
At The Arbors, we strive to enrich the lives of our residents. Our efforts to maintain an active profile in the community reflects this goal. We believe that our residents receive a sense of purpose and well-being when they can affect positive change.
By forming alliances with Arbors employees, residents, their families and local businesses, The Arbors Gives Back regularly raises funds for numerous organizations, including Meals on Wheels and local senior centers.
- Since its founding in 2008, The Arbors Gives Back Golf Tournaments have raised more than $110,550 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Every year, we hold a very popular calendar sale, with all proceeds going to The Arbors Believes — our holiday charity. Each Arbors location chooses a local community charity to whom we donate clothes, food and gifts.
- In May and June 2018, we held our Bucks for BRCA fundraiser. All proceeds went to support life-saving research at the BRCA Foundation.
How We Got Started
The Arbors Gives Back was founded in 2008 after Sondra Jones, Marketing Director of The Arbors at Chicopee, and Lisa Holt, Executive Director, were searching for a way to connect the assisted living residents to the local community. Sondra and Lisa, along with fellow employees, residents and local businesses joined together to host the first fundraising event. In one evening, a dinner dance called “A Night to Remember” raised more than $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The momentum was started, and with the persistence and vision of Sondra and Lisa, there was no stopping it. Soon there were craft fairs, raffles, knitting groups and walking clubs in each of the Arbors locations, all organized and staffed by dedicated residents, employees and families.
Since its humble beginnings, The Arbors Gives Back has continued with our mission to serve the needs of our residents by helping them to serve the needs of the community. We believe the desire to serve is innately human and knows no age.