Self-Help For The Elderly Longevity Walkathon
October 15, 2005
Originally created as a "War on Poverty"
program, Self-Help for the Elderly began serving seniors in San
Francisco's Chinatown community in 1966. Self-Help for the Elderly
provides social services and hot meals to low-income and isolated
elderly. Today, Self-Help for the Elderly serves over 25,000 seniors
each year in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Self-Help For The Elderly is a multi-service organization
providing programs along a wellness continuum ranging from employment/training
and social activities for those who are more independent to in-home
assistance and residential board and care to those who are more
The mission statement for Self-Help for the Elderly
is to strive to promote the independence, dignity and self-worth
of seniors. They achieve this mission by empowering seniors to help
themselves and by providing a comprehensive range of multicultural
and multilingual services.
One of the major fundraising activities for Self-Help
for the Elderly is the Longevity Walkathon, held on the same day
in San Francisco and the South Bay. In San Francisco, the activity
begins with registration at 9:00 am at Washington Square. The task
for our crew of volunteers was to help set up and support the Walkathon.
The day began at 8:00 am as truckloads of chairs,
tables and supplies needed to be unloaded and set up. Once the Walkathon
registration was complete and the participants moved off to the
walking course, chairs needed to be arranged around the stage area
for the returning participants. A few Eagle members staffed a satellite
kiosk on the Marina Greens, which served as a way station for the
elderly participants to catch a shuttle ride back to Washington
Our youth Eagle members witnessed, firsthand, the
strong inter-generational support for Self-Help for the Elderly's
services. A large crew of young and older adults volunteered their
time and energy to make the Longevity Walkathon a success.
The SF Flying Eagles organization gratefully acknowledges and thanks the following Eagle members:
- K.P. Bugtong
- Zachary, Paula and Rudy Concepcion
- Coach Jon Fong
- Conrad Fox
- David, Pat and Jeffrey Fu
- Darren Lee
- Candice and Brandon Leung
- Art, Natalie and Aaron Yan
SF Flying Eagles, giving back to the community.