In March 10th, 1876, Mr Alexander Graham Bel, an inventor of the telephone, made the first call and uttered his famous phrase: “Mr. Watson, come on. I want to see you."
Exactly after 140 years 3 months and 13 days, or in June 22nd, 2016, when 77-year-old Ms. Angelė answered the phone call, nobody asked her to go anywhere. Just engage into friendly conversation.
This is how “Sidabrinė linija" - the free of charge befriending and support helpline for the elderly - was started 4 years ago. Today we serve more than 3000 old age people providing them with information, friendship and advise, have “an army” of 500+ volunteers, they all together have already had and enjoyed more than 52k calls lasting 1100k minutes.
Let’s celebrate this festive day together!
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No-one should have no-one! I noted that slogan almost 5 years ago at The Silver Line in UK where we then were cordially accepted and showed around. Soon after similar service was born in Lithuania.
Today we mark yet another "no-one should have no-one" milestone extending our local Silver Line's - a social project we run since 2016 - working hours to 14 hours on working days (+2 hours, 8am-10pm) and starting weekends with 8 hours of reach (11am-7pm).
Due to a year-long pandemic and severe quarantine restrictions, the number of callers to the line has doubled seeking for emotional and informational support. More to add we have been receiving more and more calls during "after-hours". This has led us to move forward and extend call center working hours so that the necessary telephone support for older people is available as soon as possible.
Read more here (in Lithuanian):
Philanthropy is a buyers’ market, and nonprofit leaders are seldom in a position to negotiate aggressively with potential donors. On the contrary, the selection process is (and feels) quite one sided, as though potential grantees are participating in a beauty contest in which the only imperative is to please the judges. So, for better or worse, the views of an individual donor (especially a very large one) can strongly influence grantee behavior. Often this influence will take the form of tweaks to an existing program, or the addition of a new activity, more or less aligned with the nonprofit’s existing strategy, about which a leading donor is enthusiastic. When such an intervention is supported on the donor’s part by deep knowledge of the field, it can provide helpful input to the grantee’s strategy.
Friday has started with an email from the Ministry of Social Affairs:
We would like to inform you your project was reviewed by our experts, it met all requirements and we would like to offer you to sign financing agreement.
That means M. Čiuželio labdaros ir paramos fondas (M. Ciuzelis Charity Foundation) won the biggest in its 5 years history financing tender for Sidabrinė linija (the Silver Line) - a free of charge be-friending and support helpline providing information, friendship and advise for the old age people. Without any further conditions, the way we presented and wished to implement our project.
The day just couldn’t be any better. Thank you