Gifts Given

GAF Supports Meals on Wheels Long Beach 2020 09/10

The Golden Age Foundation is continuing its LWers-helping-LWers tradition with the donation last week of $10,000 to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, a nonprofit that delivers more than 100 nutritious and freshly cooked meals to Leisure World every day. 

Anna Derby presents check to support of Meals on Wheels Long Beach

This is the second year that the GAF has funded the meals delivery service, which is for everyone—people who are sick, recovering from injury or just don’t want to cook. Some MOWLB clients are $10,000 check to Meals on Wheels will benefit LWers on limited incomes and cannot afford the $8.25 a day. 

The GAF donation will cover meal sponsorships for qualified low-income Leisure World residents. 

Low-income LW residents can request meal service and see if they qualify for funding support by contacting LWSB Site Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext 4. 

Meals are delivered by friendly and trained volunteers Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

The GAF’s goal is to improve the quality of life for those residing in Leisure World, especially for people who may need a bit of help. 

MOWLB was founded in 1971 to support the independence and well being of homebound seniors, veterans and the disabled. 

This program is designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. 

MOWLB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by philanthropic foundations and the generosity of corporate and individual donors.

Resident Ellen Kop receives meals and companionship from Meals on Wheels volunteer Noreen Evens


Golden Age Foundation Makes Contribution to Golden Rain Foundation 2020 12/23

by Linda Johnson and Anna Derby

The Golden Age Foundation, Leisure World’s own philanthropic organization, exists to make Leisure World living the best it can be, whether by supplying free mobility aids to help people get around, tax preparation assistance or donations to upgrade GRF facilities. 

As its most recent charitable gift, the GAF has donated $75,000 to the Golden Rain Foundation for new state-of-the-art training circuit equipment in the Fitness Center in Clubhouse 6. 

“As we all know, an active senior is a happy senior,” said GAF President Anna Derby, in handing over the check at the Dec. 23 GRF Board meeting.

Other recent gifts include $4,000 for a hearing loop in the new Learning Center in Clubhouse 3 to assist hearing impaired and $3,000 to purchase a new ice machine in Clubhouse 4.

The Fitness Center donation is among the GRF’s most sizable donations this year. It has a history fostering fitness in LW. In 2013, resident Jack Schiffler left a generous portion of his estate to the GAF, which was used to fund an $110,000 upgrade to the gym equipment in Clubhouse 6. 

This year, the Fitness Center was completely overhauled. It now has 10,000 square feet of workout space, new flooring, the latest in audio visual equipment, all-new fitness equipment, two strength circuits and a smart group fitness room, among other features. The Fitness Center is ready to go and will be unveiled as soon as it is safe to congregate again.