Nonprofit Starts Online Community for Ward 47 Seniors

A new online community for seniors is the next project for Forward Chicago, a group aimed at keeping older residents active in Ward 47.

Lincoln Square and Northcenter are known for attracting young families, but a new organization is out to make sure the neighborhood’s older residents aren’t forgotten.

The group, called Forward Chicago, is a grassroots effort to keep seniors involved as they age in Ward 47. Volunteers have hosted several events in the area, but now, they’re taking their mission online.

Forward Chicago’s newest initiative is meant to connect seniors through an online network. The website features local bloggers and connects with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. And the best part? It’s completely free.

The online community is based on the Village to Village Networkthe Sun Times reports. In this concept, members coordinate access to transportation, social activities and health services.

“The site architecture is built so that residents can constantly update it on their own,” website manager Jordan Mann told the Sun Times.

While local volunteers organize activities, the group started with Ward 47 Ald. Ameya Pawar’s office. After being elected in 2011, the alderman established a senior council with the intent of building a stronger sense of community around aging residents.

About FWDCHI

Forward Chicago, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, envisions our neighborhoods as model communities for people of all ages, where residents can age in place while remaining active, engaged and influential.