“No man is an island” is a belief that is central to Surrey’s mission and philosophy—the importance of connection. Surrey’s programs and outreach are designed to help foster connections—among members and volunteers in our centers; virtually, via Zoom programs; and throughout our community.
To support our efforts to offer the innovative programs and services enjoyed by hundreds of older adults each week, Surrey has established partnerships with many community-based organizations that enable us to utilize their skills and expertise.
In Broomall, a new partnership with the Drexel Swim Club will make it possible for Surrey members to enjoy a water aerobics class at the pool across the street from our center. We recently partnered with The Marple Township Police Department and the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office to host a Senior Fraud Forum at the Broomall center to offer information on how seniors can protect themselves from identity theft, phone scams and internet fraud. Farmers Market vouchers are provided through state and county government, and Surrey’s longtime partnership with Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), means that older adults who cannot afford dental care are able to receive it.
Surrey also helps our partner organizations to extend their reach, such as when Surrey volunteers deliver food from the Wayne Food Bank to older clients who can no longer drive. And thanks to Surrey’s partnership with Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr, we welcomed two 2023 SHA grads as summer interns through a program sponsored by the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA).
These partnerships and many more strengthen Surrey and enable us to reach more individuals with more services and connections.