Seniors Team Up with Girl Scouts During COVID-19

Members at The Charlotte have spent the last few months building friendships with a local group of girl scouts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they safely joined together through The Charlotte’s J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program. These two generations grew their friendship through pet therapy, window visits, sweet letters, outdoor concerts, and sidewalk chalk decorations. The Charlotte’s leadership team has truly seen the bond between the girls, their families, and Members blossom. The unique part of this program is that it gives the girls someone to look up to, connects them through stories, and gives them an opportunity to learn from a generation different than their own.

Our J.O.Y. Program is an important component of the social life for Members at The Charlotte. J.O.Y. is a national award-winning initiative with the goal to connect local organizations with our community to create long term connections. The ability to bridge the gap between younger generations and older generations is increasingly important as both offer valuable perspectives, stories, and advice from their lives. Whether Members have been enjoying a warm afternoon listening to them sing show tunes or getting to know a sweet puppy through the window, creating the connection with these Girl Scouts is meaningful during a time when an in-face connection isn’t always possible.