Sienna Senior Living raising funds for seniors with United Way

On June 1, 2017, Sienna Senior Living officially launched “Sienna for Seniors,” a partnership with the United Way. The goal of the initiative is to raise funds for the more than 600,000 seniors in need who live in Canada. 

The inspiration for this initiative came from one of Sienna’s own residents, Sandra Boyle, who lives at Astoria Retirement Residence in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. In 2014, at the age of 77, Sandra introduced a program to help the province’s homeless seniors, called Seniors Helping Seniors. The learn more about the incredible achievements of Sandra, click here.

For this new initiative, events will be held at more than 50 of Sienna’s retirement and long-term care homes throughout Ontario and BC. These events may take the form of a resident sports tournament, senior prom, carnival, or resident fashion show – just to name a few! All proceeds from the events will be donated to the United Way to help seniors in need. 

Most events are taking place during the month of June, which is Seniors Month here in Ontario. You can find an event near you here. Sienna plans to host these fundraising events annually in June, though they do have a number of year-round fundraising activities that staff within the homes and at head office can participate in, such as payroll deductions and dress-down days. 

Donations can also be made directly through the United Way. On the donation form under “my company/organization,” please remember to write Sienna for Seniors, as this will ensure your donation goes specifically to helping seniors in need.

A large group of people, including long-term care residents, staff, and community members are gathered in a gym, holding a large sign that says 'Sienna Summer Games.'

Photo: A resident sports tournament which took place on June 8, 2017. Residents from five Sienna Care Communities gathered at Variety Village in Scarborough, along with members of the community, for a fun-filled day while raising funds for Sienna for Seniors.