New interactive educational program gets support from community, local foundations

New grant to support a new program that connects residents with learning opportunitiesSANDUSKY – Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes community, has received nearly $8,000 in grant funds to support a new program that connects residents with learning opportunities. Coupled with donations of personal philanthropy, the funding will be used to launch the program and sustain it for a year.

Parkvue received grants totaling $5,000 from the Erie County Community Foundation and $2,875 from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation Charitable Impact Fund of the Erie County Community Foundation. The grant funds will support University Circle, a Cleveland-based program that provides accessible and innovative educational programming.

University Circle focuses on offering unique experiences using videoconferencing technology combined with the world-class resources of Circle institutions. Videoconferencing enables Parkvue residents to “travel the world” using interactive technology in real time from their community. The program also offers field trips to cultural institutions for concerts, lectures and exhibitions in conjunction with the monthly videoconferencing series.

In addition to the grants, United Church Homes Board member Dan Busch is the lead donor for the program. Busch said he was excited to give to a worthwhile project like University Circle.

“University Circle presents topics, such as arts, history and spirituality, that connect and stimulate resident participants as lifelong learners,” Busch said. “Programs are presented by well-qualified, thoughtful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers who are able to be in dialogue through interactive technology with those in attendance. These programs are opportunities to remember the past and offer new insights for continuing education.”

Alissa Clouse, United Church Homes’ director of major gifts and grants, estimated 85 percent of participants will report that they have been able to share their interests with others and that they have engaged with new experiences, based on past classes.

“This innovative program will be open to the larger community as space allows,” she said.

To check seating availability for upcoming classes, contact Amy DiFilippo at 419.621.1900. For more information about Parkvue, visit parkvue.org.

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About Parkvue: Parkvue Community is a full Life Plan Community offering independent and assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to nearly 200 older adults. As part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.

Contact: Alissa Paolella, United Church Homes Office of Communications 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org