Why We’re Here
When I was younger, my grandma came to live with us and became one of my closest friends. I began to see what life looked like as you age and what changes can take place. It was a gift to be able to have a front row seat on having a loved one live out their final chapter and leave a legacy. It’s beautiful, challenging, joyful and can be full of heartache.
In this phase of life there are many changes; change of career to retirement, loss of loved ones, possible changes in living situation, and physical changes.
I found that the one unifying outlook that we all need is hope: the joy of something to look forward to, whether it’s a visit from loved one or friend, a party, a game, or a show. Our hope is to create a sense of community, inspiring a vision of life-long learning and engagement.
Inspired by this passion, I went on to earn my degree in Social Gerontology and become Activity Director Certified. Working in the senior living profession for over 18 years, I set out to create a resource that brings life-giving events to our senior community.
We hope to inspire you to design experiences that create joy and hope.
A typical day of an Activity Director is very busy. It’s filled with spending time with our senior population, planning for the future and then executing what we’ve already planned! In the midst of all of that, it’s managing the daily life of providing great programs (that are new and exciting), returning LOTS of phone calls from eager Event Providers, and of course completing daily administrative tasks. I realized I spent so much time returning phone calls and trying to find new ideas.
In 2009, I found myself dreaming of a resource (that did not exist yet) where I could find all my favorite Event Providers in one location AND be given some new ideas of events to provide.
My idea started with asking some of my Activity Director friends, “Hey, would you ever use something like this?” The response was amazing. We have all been wishing for the same thing. So, the hard work began of getting all those ideas onto paper and then creating the product that you see today. We spent time researching, studying and working hard to make it a valuable resource that is easy to use, would save us time in our job and most of all, inspire us.
That was my dream. Simple and hopefully very helpful for all of you. Thank you for the good work you do everyday. I’m hopeful that as a community we can build this resource by sending us your favorite Event Providers (we’ll get them added!) and reviewing our current Event Providers. We thank you in advance. Happy planning!
The Big Picture
Our Seniors Matter. willGather allows you to easily find, research and schedule events that engage your community of aging adults. willGather is a single portal to learn, share and search efficiently. Activity professionals are constantly searching for new and exciting events to provide for their senior populations. willGather is here to provide a new way to connect with Event Providers—no more stuffed voicemail boxes or stray papers floating around. My hope is that it is as helpful to you as it is to me.
Create a more fulfilling environment for your seniors by sharing new experiences from a variety of Event Providers based on the experiences of your peers.
Finding an activity Event Provider used to be risky. No longer. Now you can have the tools to make an informed decision and see what other Activity Directors and Event Planners have to say about their experiences from reviews by other professionals like you, ensure more value for your money.
Quickly search for new ideas and find event provider details and contact information in one place. Save time returning Event Provider cold calls, by referring them to update their own willGather profiles.