We encourage our members, volunteers, LLH committees, task forces and interest groups, as well as community partners to send in material to share in CONNECTIONS. If you would like to submit material for CONNECTIONS, you’ll find the schedule at the end of this publication. To submit materials email to Thank you!





Good Morning, everyone
It’s hard to believe that so much has changed in one short month. In mid-July, Covid-19 cases in Tompkins County were very low and vaccinated people felt safe enough to stop wearing masks in most places. Today, it is a different story. The numbers of infected people and hospitalized Covid patients are rising. 
In light of the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19 infections and the Delta variant, and mindful of the uncertainty that lies ahead, the Fundraising Task Force co-chairs met with board member Dr. John Costello and me to discuss the situation and how it might impact our Blue Jeans & Bow Ties fundraising dinner dance. After carefully reviewing the trend of infection rates locally and the spread of the Delta variant nationally, we made the difficult decision to cancel the dinner dance. This was not a decision taken lightly; however, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our members, supporters, and the local community. With so much uncertainty and a rapidly evolving situation, we all agreed that it would not be prudent to plan for a large, in-person gathering at this time.
The good news is that our amazing task force immediately shifted gears and got to work on organizing an online auction as a way to celebrate Love Living at Home’s upcoming 5th anniversary! LLH opened its virtual doors on October 24, 2016. The auction will run from October 10th through October 24th. You can find additional information, including examples of some of exciting items that have been donated for the auction, later in the newsletter.
We want to extend our sincere thanks to the Tompkins Trust Company (TTC) and Tompkins Financial Advisors (TFA) for sponsoring our fundraising efforts. TTC and TFA were founding sponsors whose generosity was instrumental in helping LLH get started 5 years ago and we greatly appreciate their continued support for the work we do, especially their support for this year’s fundraiser during a challenging time.
I would like to close by reminding everyone that, while this new spike in Covid-19 cases is unsettling and disheartening, we have been here before. More importantly, we are better prepared than ever to face what is coming and do what we need to stay safe. While there may be much uncertainty in the coming months, we can take comfort in knowing that we are strong and resilient, as an organization and as a community of neighbors helping neighbors. LLH members and volunteers supported one another from the very beginning of the pandemic, and we will continue to do so. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
As always, if you need anything or if you would like to talk, please let me know.


If you’d like to make a donation to Love Living at Home or donate to the LLH Financial Assistance Fund, click on the link below. Thank you for your generosity.



The Love Living at Home (LLH) Board and Committees want to know what you think of Love Living at Home. As LLH approaches the conclusion of its first five years of operations, it is time to take stock and consider our current strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as we plot the course for our next half-decade.

We will never forget the year 2020, as Covid-19 strained physical, mental, economic and social resources as never before. Thanks to our extraordinarily dedicated volunteers and staff, we were able to help meet the needs of so many of our members through transportation, grocery shopping, handyman assistance and a host of other services. LLH continues to offer our members opportunities to stay in touch by everything from virtual gatherings and conversations via Zoom to individualized, supportive phone calls. Your contributions of time and financial support have made this possible.

We want to continue to improve our offerings in the next years. To do so, we need your input and support. We have put together a questionnaire that will be sent to you in October. Your comments will give us important information to help us plan for the next phase of Love Living at Home here in Tompkins County. Please take a few minutes to answer as many questions as you can, and feel free to send us any other comments and suggestions that you feel are appropriate. We promise that every response will be carefully reviewed.

Thank you in advance for your help.


 Upcoming Programs
If you want to register for an in-person program, please sign up early, because in-person programs are currently limited in size.
Current Events
Happy Hour
Women Walking
Men’s Walkabout
Stories Of Our Lives
In-Person Meet & Mingle
Johnson Museum Presentation
The Art of Trivial Connection
Foodies Interest Group
The Art of Trivial
Play Script Reading

August Birthdays
Barbara Chase
Carol Colfer
Eniko Farkas
Kathy Garner
Riccardo Giovanelli
Jean Poland

August Month-long Observations USA

National Immunization Awareness Month

8 Things Sleep Experts Do In The Morning After A Poor Night's Sleep:
Sleep Health
4 Morning Habits For Longevity, Inspired By Blue Zones: Well+Good
Over 65? 5 Best Stretching Exercises For Better Mobility: FitWirr
The Three Best Stretches For Walking: Stretch Coach
8 Ways Walking Can Boost Your Physical And Mental Health: AARP


COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?
Mayo Clinic



Welcome New Members:
Chris Bobrowich
David Brown
Ruth Kiraly-Eyburg
Elena Flash
Steve Flash
David Gershwin
Nina Glasgow
Barbara Hohenstein
Ron Lorusso
Laurence Parker
Karl Pillemer


Membership Information 2021
Trial Membership
 Trial Membership allows new members to join for up to 6 months at no cost. New members will have full access to LLH programs and services as well as a 25% discount for a YMCA membership. Over the first few years many have thought of joining, but have not for various reasons. The Trial program hopefully provides incentive to experience the benefits of our great community and then become long-term members. Perhaps you, or someone you know, have an interest in trying out LLH and meeting new people. This is a great opportunity for you and your friends to give LLH a try. 
Membership Fees
Individual membership — $450 Annually
Household membership (2 or more). —$575 Annually
Monthly installment Payment Option
NEW: A discounted rate for a multi-year membership
  • Two year agreement at 5% off
  • Three year agreement at 10% off
Our Sponsored Membership Program is dedicated to providing membership to all who may need help with the annual fee. This is completely confidential.

Why do we have membership fees?
When LLH was just a concept, the Membership Committee did extensive research on membership fees, contacting many of our counterparts across the country through the Village to Village Network.   We discovered that successful/sustainable “villages” hired, at the very least, an Executive Director (ED) and an assistant. We also learned that there was a wide range of membership fees.
LLH settled on a mid-range fee, knowing that it would not cover our yearly expenses. This meant that the Development Committee would have to build a donor base and actively seek grants. In addition, we would be dependent upon volunteers to do a myriad of tasks, including: providing member services, planning programs, writing grants, organizing community information meetings, working on task forces to organize the annual meeting and plan the annual dinner dance, getting out the newsletter and serving on the board and committees. Our volunteers who perform all of these tasks, whole-heartedly believe in the LLH motto of “neighbors helping neighbors” and the goal of building a strong and vibrant community.
We have some members who have never requested a service and attend only a few programs each year. They say that they are paying it forward, knowing that when the time comes, LLH will be there for them, their family and friends.
In summary, LLH keeps its membership fees as manageable as possible through fundraising and the hundreds of hours of work provided by members and volunteers each year. Membership fees cover only 46% of our annual budget.  Finally, from the very beginning, LLH leadership has been committed to offering financial support. The fee is not a barrier to membership, because confidential financial assistance is available through funding from grants and charitable giving.

To join, or for more information, contact the office directly by calling 607-319-0162 or email the office at
By joining our community you will be able to forge new relationships, to stay connected to the broader community, as well as benefit from the many services our volunteers provide. We hope you will choose to continue living life to its fullest in our community of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

If You Are 62 Years Of Age Or Older
And Live In Tompkins County
Please Consider Joining Our
Caring - Connected - Community

or call the office at 607-319-0162


LLH provides a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for those in our community who are willing to share their time and expertise. LLH volunteers give as much time as they wish according to a schedule that suits them. Volunteers do not have to be members and members do not have to volunteer. Anyone 18 or older may volunteer. All abilities are welcome. We find that those who choose to volunteer, find it highly rewarding. Through the volunteer experience, we are fostering a Caring – Connected – Community.

To become an LLH Volunteer or to discuss the many volunteer opportunities:
  • Call the office at 607-319-0162. Our staff is happy to answer any questions or make recommendations that would fit your interest and availability.
  • Complete the Volunteer Application – Log onto and click on “Volunteer". The application can be completed online.

LLH Members Receive 25% Discount on YMCA Membership

LLH members will now receive a 25% discount on their YMCA membership, which will give them full access to member amenities and services. A new online only Y membership option will soon be available as well, for individuals who wish to participate in virtual group fitness classes instead of coming to the Y in person.

If you have any questions about our arrangements with the Y, please contact Cheryl at or 607-319-0162.

Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing: Verizon
New Smart Home Devices Make Household Upkeep Easier: AARP
Escaping The Digital Desert - Senior Planet Digital Desert TECHNOLOGY: SENIOR PLANET FROM AARP
Olive and Mable return - The Long Walk
Birdability Home Page
Plant Tour
From Texas To Tel Aviv, The World’s Best Architecture Is Now Available For Digital Tours
Finger Lakes Trail – Go Finger Lakes
Announcement: The Great New York State Fair 2021
NY State Fair History
Ithaca Neighborhood Walking Map


LLH turns 5 on October 24th
5th Anniversary Online Auction
Mark your calendar
October 10th – October 24th
While the fundraising Task Force is busy assembling an exciting number of auction items, we thought you might like a sneak preview of some of the offerings. There is something for everyone!

Stay Tuned!
In the next CONNECTIONS newsletter, we'll share three more auction items!

Are you planning an event in 2022?
Here’s a chance to bid on Ithaca’s favorite band.
Two tickets to a Green Bay Packers game at
Lambeau Field
Regular season game, either 2021-2022 or 2022-2023
One Cheese Head
2 Packers Hats
$100 gift card to the Pro Shop
The offer: Hot off the press, the newest Moosewood Cookbook signed by Chef Wynnie Stein, one of the original owners. 250 Brand-new recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant that revolutionized eating in America.
In addition to this beautiful new cookbook, enjoy a gift certificate to Moosewood for dinner for 2 including a drink and dessert.




Newsletter Schedule Through 2021

September 18, 2021
Submit by September 11, 2021
October 16, 2021
Submit by October 9, 2021
November 20, 2021
  Submit by November 13, 2021
December 18, 2021
  Submit by December 11, 2021

Have a lovely day ~ Stay in touch!