As I was putting my thoughts together for this article, I looked back to pre-Covid activities. A Daily Sun article from November 2019, was discussing the aims of the VHA Community Foundation to create coalitions to meet the needs of Villagers. Since that article was published, we were crippled by the pandemic, resulting in so many ideas and ways to implement them being put on hold.

Today I can say that we are moving forward with creating coalitions, working with sponsors and serving the needs of The Villages residents. To meet the needs of the Helping Hands program the Foundation, along with the VHA, assisted in the purchase of a van for movement and pick up/delivery of durable medical equipment. 

In addition, the Foundation presented a check for $3000 to Operation Homebound (OHB), a mealtime Ministry that prepares and delivers hot cooked meals to homebound clients in The Villages. The Foundation also presented a check for $3000 to the Wildwood Soup Kitchen which provides meals to anyone who is in need of a meal. These organizations will welcome your support as well, and you can contact them directly or use the Foundation to make donations to them. 

BINGO is back!! We are holding the first Bingo of the year on April 8, 2021. The calling will start at 3:00 p.m. Admission is on a “First Come First Serve” basis with doors open at 2:30 p.m.  It will be held at Evans Prairie Country Club in the outdoor Breezeway seating area. For complete details see the back page of this issue of The Voice.  

Mark your calendar for future VHA-CF Bingo dates as follows:

  • May 27th at the Rohan Regional Recreation Center
  • July 27th at LaHacienda Regional Recreation Center 
  • October 14th at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center.

We are planning other events for the summer including a Golf Cart Scavenger Hunt(s) and Poker Run(s) with dates to be announced as soon as we have them. 

Please call me at 507-421-5273 if you have questions about the VHA Community Foundation. We are always interested in your ideas and service to this great community.

Duane Johnson, President
The VHA Community Foundation

P.S. from Terry Carroll of Operation Homebound, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church of Fruitland Park:  The VHA Community Foundation has been very generous to Operation Homebound. Each weekday, over 200 fresh, hot-cooked meals are prepared and delivered to homebound adults in The Villages and parts of the surrounding areas. Of those recipients, approximately 30 are on scholarship, where meals are delivered at no charge. Donations from the VHA-CF help offset the costs of those meals. It’s a wonderful partnership and one that we are very proud of as it is enabling many people to remain in their homes and age in place.