Project Spread JOY is a non-profit organization that Joins Older Adults and Youth via Phone or Mail for Sharing, Caring & Laughter. At its inception, Drake Griffith had this idea after the passing of his grandmother, Nana Helen. He had realized there was a monumental need for social connection among older adults. Drake Griffith reached out to two of his life-long friends: Harrison Powe and Reilly Kungl, and they started the business as partners.
Through high goals and hard work, they have built Project Spread JOY into a nationwide community service venture with many impressive accomplishments to date:
5417 Letter Requests Fulfilled
25+ Calls With Older Adults
50+ Pen Pals Created
10 States reached
Due to COVID-19, the need for social connection among older adults is greatly heightened:
With visitation restrictions, the family and friends of older adults in retirement communities cannot see their loved ones in person.
With limited technical knowledge, older adults cannot reach out and connect to people online like younger generations.
With lingering fears from the coronavirus, older adults are more frightened than ever before.
All of these reasons have contributed to Project Spread JOY's success.
Project Spread JOY has even farther-reaching intentions. As Drake Griffith, Project Spread JOY's founder, states:
"Project Spread JOY not only serves a positive purpose during the current COVID-19 crisis, but it also serves to create lasting cross-generational relationships long into the future. Being able to build and maintain a relationship with a senior is something that every young person should have an opportunity to do. The amount of wisdom and and advice that be given from older generations is limitless."
SEASON 2 HIGHLIGHTS
We are very excited to commence the start of our new season system! A season lasts three months. During those three months, we keep track of how many letters each volunteer writes. As the volunteer writes more letters, they move up in tiers. The tiers are as follows: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond. As the volunteer moves up in tiers, they gain more and more rewards!
Season 1 has been a spectacular success, with over 2,000 letters sent out during its first two months! As Project Spread JOY continues to grow in popularity, our rewards will get bigger and our volunteers will have more fun!
Due to its success, we put into place other initiatives. These include:
Increasing your season letter total through helping your friends become volunteers
Launching for-sale merchandise!
We will continue to expand and capitalize on Project Spread JOY's success, with many more ideas in the works!
WE are happy to announce our BRAND NEW MERCH!
This has been in the works for a while now, and we are super excited to unveil all new different types of clothing, designs, and colors as apart of our first edition of Project Spread JOY Merchandise!
If you want to check it out, just click on the button labeled "Website" and it will take you to our merchandise is located.
All proceeds will go towards continuing to send these letters out to retirement homes.
For Season 2, we are working towards adding some items from the first edition Project Spread JOY Merchandise to the rewards! People will earn it through moving up the tier ladder.