Leadership Lodi Class of 2019 Supporting the LOEL Senior Center

The Leadership Lodi class of 2019 out on Ag Day learning about the Agriculture side of Lodi

The Leadership Lodi class of 2019 out on Ag Day learning about the Agriculture side of Lodi

The Leadership Lodi Class of 2019 decided to focus this year’s project on benefitting Lodi’s LOEL Senior Center. For their project, they’ll be updating the organization’s media center. If you’re not familiar with Leadership Lodi, it is a year-long program offered through the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce. Participants learn leadership skills and all about the different industries in our community. Plus, each year, the class chooses one local nonprofit to do a benefit project for. I can personally attest it’s a great experience. 

“We’re very excited to have chosen LOEL Senior Center as our nonprofit project for Leadership Lodi this year,” shared Jennifer JJ Verdon, one of the class participants. “We saw a lot of great nonprofits and were just really moved by LOEL, what their needs are, and the people that they serve in our community. Often times seniors aren’t the focal point of fundraising around our community. We see a lot of fundraisers around town for children and different organizations but we don’t really see a lot for our senior community. With our community continuing to age it’s going to be more and more impacted. We thought this was a great opportunity to give back and we know our project will be used well.”

The LOEL Senior Center is a hub for seniors in Lodi. It keeps them active and connected  and runs almost every senior service you can think of, from low-cost lunches and Meals on Wheels to exercise classes to senior housing. It seems like just about anything seniors need outside of healthcare support can be found at LOEL. According to the LOEL’s President/CEO, Tracey Williams, the media room hasn’t been updated in the 20 years she’s been there. “We know technology changes fast,” said Tracey. “So it will be wonderful to have an updated system.  We use it for many different things here – daily exercise, our daily lunch program, any fundraisers, movie days, just to name a few. We are very honored to be selected as this year’s non-profit project recipient by Leadership Lodi.”

Everyone in the group has a personal reason for wanting to do good work for LOEL. “The idea of helping the LOEL touched me personally because of my relationship with my aging grandparents and seeing the need first-hand for support for seniors. My grandfather just went into a dementia care facility and my grandma had to sell her house in order to support him,” explained Jennifer. “My grandparents are older, they’ve been married 70 years and there’s just a lot of change right now going on in their lives. It touched me personally because the senior center provides so much support for seniors. I’ve been encouraging my grandma to go there and utilize the services. There’s been so much family dynamic change with my aging grandparents and I know this is a great resource that I hope they will utilize.”

If you want to support the Leadership Lodi 2019 class and their project to benefit the LOEL Senior Center, look for the class out at Farmers Market or stop by the Lodi Chamber in downtown. They’re selling raffle tickets now through September and the prizes include vacation getaways to Maui, Cancun, Tahoe, and Napa.