GRANDPARENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Bridging the Gap between Seniors and Youth
Grandparents Around the World was the inspiration of Evern Gillard-Randolph, borne of her very special relationship with her own grandparents. Now a grandmother herself, Ms. Randolph, in paying tribute to her grandmother by writing a play Dinner at Grandma’s, found for herself a greater calling. She started the organization to give the older generation the recognition, tools, and respect to help them nurture their own intergenerational relationships. It is the belief of the organization that seniors have much to offer their families and communities, and seeks to provide programs that encourage seniors to make those contributions.
After the positive response to Ms. Randolph’s play, the other programs that make up the organization were developed. These include the Grandparents Ball, the Grandparents Walk-a-Thon, and the Grandparents Coloring Book Project. At the heart of the organization are the monthly Senior Forums held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The Forums are offered free of charge to seniors and their families and friends. The Forums bring panelists from public and private agencies, businesses, and the community at large to educate, provide resources, and to answer questions about important issues that effect both seniors and the younger generation.
Grandparents Around the World is now in its seventh year, and has touched the lives of thousands. Our membership is comprised of the broad mosaic that makes up our unique city and its boroughs as well as the surrounding tri-state area. We also have been able to
introduce and share with our membership many of the wonderful resources available in our great city such as the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Department for the Aging, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the New York Botanical Garden, to name a few.