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We are humbled by the many letters and phone calls that people make telling us how grateful they are for the outstanding care they or their family member have received at Geer Village Senior Community.

As medical care and insurance coverages change, your contribution helps us to be there for all patients and family members, regardless of their ability to pay, at a time when they are in dire need of quality care.

Gifts By Cash Check or Credit Card

A gift by cash, check or credit card (online) provides the support necessary to provide services, over and above what is not covered by insurance or other sources.  Your gift goes to work immediately to make a difference in the lives of individuals served at Geer Village Senior Community.

Checks may be made out and mailed to:

Geer Foundation
77 South Canaan Road
Canaan, CT 06018

Make A Donation Online

For more information, contact Stacie Nicholas, Development Director at (860) 824-2618 or email snicholas@geercares.org.

Help Us Fight COVID-19

For more information, contact Stacie Nicholas, Development Director at (860) 824-2618 or email snicholas@geercares.org.

Donate now and funds will be used to support the purchase of PPE, as well as provide staff with morale boosters, resident assistance and staff assistance with emergency needs due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Of course, no one knows what the future will bring – we are literally taking it one day at a time!

Other ways you can help:

Technology – Donate an iPad or tablet or make a donation so we can purchase more. We use them to let families Facetime. Currently we have a small inventory and it limits how many can participate at a time.

Activities – Donate small gifts of stationary and writing material, games, puzzles, large print reading material, books, DVDs, etc. – anything to help a senior pass the time and feel connected to the larger world.

Communications – A drawing or handwritten letter of encouragement to Residents and even staff would be appreciated. Pen pals and facetime friends would be wonderful!

Please contact Jill Simmons at (860) 824-3831 or jasimmons@geercares.org to make a donation for Technology, Activities or Communications.

Grateful Patients, Residents & Families

We are humbled by the many letters and phone calls you make to tell us how grateful you are for the outstanding care you or a family member have received at Geer Village Senior Community.  For every letter we receive, there are countless others who are also thankful and often ask how they can help and give back to show their appreciation.

If you or a family member was a recent recipient of our services, we invite you to share your story with us. The Grateful Patient and Family Program provides you the opportunity to say thank you to the caregivers who make a difference every day and to provide the legacy of great care for generations to come! Every gift counts and shows that you care!

As medical care and insurance coverages change, we are committed to staying on the cutting edge – for you, for your loved ones and for every person in our community. Your contribution helps us to be there for all patients and family members, regardless of their ability to pay, at a time when they are in dire need of quality care.

Your donation helps to make our community healthier. Right here. Right now.

You can even make your gift in tribute to a staff member and we will notify them of your generosity in recognition of their care.

Honor & Memorial Gifts

Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or staff member to an existing fund.  This is a thoughtful and caring way to honor or remember a loved one and at the same time help others.  Recipients or their family members will be notified of your generosity. Please note it may take a few weeks for your gift to be received, processed and for the family to be notified.  Be sure to include the name and address of those you would like notified of your gift.

A gift is appropriate for many occasions:

  • to honor someone special or a good deed
  • in memory of a loved one

For convenience you can use the Donate Now button above for online donations

For obituaries, we recommend the following language:

Donations may be made in memory of (name of decedent) to Geer Foundation.  Please make checks payable to: Geer Foundation, at 77 South Canaan Road, Canaan, CT 06018.

Donor Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable account sponsored by a public charity that donors use to support their philanthropy, like Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Mellon. Donors make irrevocable, tax deductible contributions of cash, securities or other assets to the Donor Advised Fund and these assets are invested for growth to provide philanthropic support over time. The donor(s) to the fund then recommend grants from their DAFs to qualified 501 (c) (3) public charities, like Geer Foundation.

If you have an account with Fidelity Charitable, Greater Kansas City CF, Schwab Charitable or BNY Mellon, you can easily recommend a grant to Geer using the DAF Direct form on this page.

If you have questions about how your gift may be designated, please contact Stacie Nicholas, Development Director at (860) 824-2618.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations will match an employee’s gift to charitable organizations. In addition, some companies provide donations to organizations where their employees volunteer. Imagine the increased impact your gift can make. Please contact your company’s human resource department for more information.

Donate your Car

In a cooperative effort between Donation Line and Geer Foundation, your vehicle can be donated to our organization, running or not. The donor receives a tax deduction from Geer Foundation. In addition to cars – you can donate, trucks, vans, boats, motorcycles, jet skis, snowmobiles, RVs and even airplanes. You must have a clean title. FREE towing. No Hassle. Call 24/7 1-877-CARS-4-US (227-7487). Our client number is 3272.

You can also donate on-line at donationline.com.

Legacy Gifts

Gifts large and small are important, they all add up to a big impact!

Most people require some kind of help at some time in their lives, whether it’s physical, financial or spiritual. During life’s struggles, we are often reminded that more must be done to sustain programs that help others.

When you make a bequest or other planned gift, you help the Geer Foundation for years to come. What better way to thank the people or organizations that had an impact on your life than to make a contribution from your estate through a bequest? Legacy giving is not only for the wealthy!  Please consider Geer Foundation when making your long term estate plans.

It is important that you let us know if you have left a bequest so that we can help to ensure your gift is appointed properly and include you in our Heritage Society. Should you wish to remember Geer Foundation in your will, we encourage you to provide the following bequest language to your attorney:

“I give, devise and bequeath $___ (sum of money), or ___% (percentage) of my estate, or ___ (named property), or all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Geer Foundation, Inc., located in Canaan, CT tax exempt number 06-1230842.”

Updates!

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well.

The last 3 + months have certainly been a learning experience for all of us.

We want to thank all those that have supported our efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus. So far, Geer has largely been able to keep the Covid-19 virus off our campus. Our staff has been at the core of this success and we are grateful for their outstanding efforts. Your support with cash contributions, in-kind gifts and moral support have been invaluable.

We remain vigilant and may need to operate differently for some time.

Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, (the nursing home), operates under the regulatory oversite of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH). The Lodge at Geer Village, (assisted and independent living), follows similar guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), DPH and our state professional associations.

Senior care communities in Connecticut are highly regulated with very strict infection control protocols, especially during this national health crisis involving the coronavirus.

Geer management has very little flexibility in how we enforce these protocols. The current visitor restrictions and testing of staff and residents are being implemented by the Governor’s executive order.

We ask that you abide by these restrictions and work closely with us to ensure the safety of our seniors living on the Geer campus.  We know how hard this is for our residents, families, and staff.  We appreciate your understanding and support.

As we have updates we will post them in our News & Events page.

Ways you can help:

Technology – Donate an iPad or tablet or make a donation so we can purchase more. We use them to let families Facetime. Currently we have a small inventory and it limits how many can participate at a time.

Activities – Donate small gifts of stationary and writing material, games, puzzles, large print reading material, books, DVDs, etc. – anything to help a senior pass the time and feel connected to the larger world.

Communications – A drawing or handwritten letter of encouragement to Residents and even staff would be appreciated. Pen pals and facetime friends would be wonderful!

Please contact Jill Simmons at (860) 824-3831 or jasimmons@geercares.org to make a donation for Technology, Activities or Communications.

Please Keep In Touch!
Help Us Fight COVID-19 Make A Donation

For more information, contact Stacie Nicholas, Development Director at (860) 824-2618 or email snicholas@geercares.org.

Donate now and funds will be used to support the purchase of PPE, as well as provide staff with morale boosters, resident assistance and staff assistance with emergency needs due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Of course, no one knows what the future will bring – we are literally taking it one day at a time!

We now work very differently than we did before Covid-19.

  • Deliveries consume a larger amount of our time, because no one can come into our buildings we must retrieve deliveries from the outside and deliver every package or piece of mail ourselves.
  • Staff that can work from home are encouraged to do so, but that is a very small percentage of our workforce. Fortunately, we just installed a new phone system that allows for conference calling, video calling and webinars etc.
  • Technology has become vital to keep families and their loved ones connected, but our residents are not always comfortable with technology. So, it takes a great deal of one on one staff interaction in order to facilitate Facetime and phone calls for each of our 200+ Residents.
  • We must continually monitor and respond to the ever-changing guidance from the state and federal government. We are proceeding as proactively as we can. Sometimes this is daily – in the beginning it was hourly!

Things we took for granted before we now realize are precious commodities – visiting with each other, making personal connections, having a cup of coffee and chatting.

Protecting Geer Village Senior Community

What does a global pandemic mean to Geer?

Geer is aggressively implementing procedures to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its transmission onto the Geer campus. We began screening visitors on March 8th and we have been closed to visitors at Geer Nursing since March 9th and on the campus since March 16th. We are doing everything possible to prevent the virus from affecting our residents and employees.

We have one collective goal now and that is to keep the COVID-19 virus out of Geer.  The following are some of the key procedural changes we are implementing (this list will change as needed): 

  • A minimum of daily health screening of staff, including temperature checks
  • Restricting or limiting access to staff that work for other healthcare organizations
  • Restricting staff from traveling between our own buildings
  • At the Geer Nursing Facility staff are restricted from traveling between floors.
  • Dial-A-Ride drivers are not allowed to enter any building and have limited contact with riders
  • Staff are required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) per CDC guidelines and Geer’s infection control policies
  • No group activities.