Frank and Gladys Porter lived a fairly quiet life in Auburn; Gladys loved to grow flowers, Frank treasured their two German Shepards, and both enjoyed spending time with friends. Upon entering their later years together, the two faced declining health, rendering them homebound. They became increasingly dependent upon organizations that provided reliable and trustworthy in-home care such as home visits and companionship.
Not known to be philanthropic during his lifetime, Frank chose to leave a portion of his estate to charity, stipulating that funds go to services provided to homebound people of all ages. His gift through bequest established the Frank and Gladys Porter Endowment Fund which provides support to organizations offering services to homebound residents in Placer County and proves that anyone can make a difference, while living or posthumously.
Seniors First is the proud recipient of $3,800 from the Porter Fund which will support the continuation of Seniors First’s Friendly Visitor program. Friendly visitors are pre-screened volunteers who provide much-needed and appreciated company to lonely seniors on a flexible schedule.
“Nothing is more important to a senior’s well-being than social interaction and the knowledge that someone cares. We are so grateful for this timely donation from Placer Community Foundation and the Porter Fund as it will help care for the 14 seniors that are currently on our waiting list, in addition to the 75 who presently benefit from a friendly visitor,” commented Senior First Executive Director Jamee Horning.