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Twilight Wish Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services, Humanities, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Our mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebrations. Our vision is to make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.

Results: Since our founding in 2003, we have impacted the lives of over 3,360 deserving senior citizens by making their heartfelt wishes come true.

Target demographics: We grant wishes to deserving, low income senior citizens, 65 and older, earning less than 200% of poverty level annually or who are permanent residents of a nursing facility. Recipients should have a history of giving back to their community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 200

Geographic areas served: U.S.

Programs: Wish Granting Program, DUTY Program, Intergenerational Education Program

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with seniors who are without resources for basic needs or who just need to be acknowledged for a life well lived has been exceedingly rewarding! Providing a bed or diabetic shoes, a lift chair or a stairlift to someone who desperately needs it, the seniors who have lived their lives, have given to society without concern for themselves. To be able to provide them with a trip to see a family member who is sick and they haven’t seen for years will make your heart swell.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Last year after my father passed away, we had an assisted lift chair that we wanted to give to someone in need. As a volunteer with this organization I contacted the office to see if they had a wish for a lift chair and it turns out they did. When we delivered the chair to the home of the recipient, the look on their face said it all. What a wonderful organization to be associated with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

17 years ago I was looking for a way to change the lives of senior citizens and came across Twilight Wish Foundation. After meeting the founder of this newly started non profit, Cass Forkin, and us sharing a similar vision, to make the world a nicer place for seniors, I signed on.

Well, I’ve been granting wishes to seniors for the past 17 years and never looked back. This organization provided me with a way to give beach to those that have paved the way for us. Those who tried to make a nicer life for themselves and others.

I am now the Chairman of the Board of this wonderful organization. Part of a fantastic team of visionaries, planners, givers, thinkers and doers! I believe it was Margaret Mead that said,” Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.“. And we can continue to make a positive change now and in the future!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the Director of the Butler County Chapter for the last 10 years and working full-time for a non-profit our chapter has been able to help many people with everyday wishes such as hearing aids, bucket list wishes such as a balloon ride and meeting their favorite athlete. Our chapter has adopted the 8 senior centers in our area and does ice cream socials in the summer and Santa sacks for each center at Christmas time. We are able to reach around 275 seniors through these centers and spend time with them singing and playing cards. It has been a wonderful experience for all the members of our chapter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a chapter director for 10 years. Each time we granted a wish, I knew I had found the right nonprofit to be a part of! I was amazed at the incredible impact of granting a simple wish. The individuals at the headquarters made it easy to be a part of this group. I was always supported in securing and delivering each wish.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation is one of THE most worthy organizations I have ever discovered. The staff and volunteers, truly have Hearts of Gold. They make wishes come true for the elderly who do not have the financial resources to make the dream come true, themselves. The smiles on the faces of the wish recipients and the gratitude from the family members...well., simply beyond words. I can't say enough about this incredibly worthy organization.

1 Cass F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known this nonprofit for 17 years since it's founding. The amazing story of thousands of wishes granted to the vulnerable aging and the millions of people inspired by reading the stories is a model for the way the world can work. Twilight Wish helped the "Rosie the Riveters" get nationally recognized by Congress and publicly thanked in unison for the first time 75 years after their contributions building the ships and planes that helped win WWII on March 21, 2017 at the Lincoln Room of the Capitol Building in DC with the first National Rosie the Riveter Day. Cass Forkin, Founder, Twilight Wish, was the hostess of the Lincoln Room and the Rosies that day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that makes beautiful, and often simple, wishes come true. The impact on all of those that it touches is remarkable. The work is powerful and so important - cannot recommend them more highly!

1 annabellawood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation grants wishes to seniors in order" to make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time." I personally have been involved in granting wishes and can say first hand that they are doing this in order to make life better for seniors. Period. They are pure of heart and have been extraordinarily effective at granting wishes. It was a joy to work with them and I hope they continue to grant wishes for years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation is an amazing non-profit. A 78 year young lady, Margarette Kirsch contacted them, saying she had wanted all her life to take a trip in an 18-wheeler. Cass, the head of Twilight Wish Foundation contacted me through a mutual friend and asked if I would be willing to take this woman on a cross-country truck trip. I had recently retired from a career as a truck driver. I agreed.

It took us a year to put everything together including legal hurdles, 18-wheeler truck rental with a trailer, trip itinerary, lodging, meals, pr and funding. Funding was difficult because everything I just mentioned cost money... and lots of it. This was not cheap by any means. Cass kept the faith through thick and thin that we were going to do this trip and grant this wish for Margarette. The funding came through a mere 2 weeks before our launch date. The rest of us were surprised and delighted, but Cass works on faith and was not surprised at all, though she was very delighted.

We would take my dog and along the way we stopped at retirement communities and Margarette, now 80, gave inspiring talks to the residents, I would sing some songs accompanying myself on guitar as my Pomeranian made herself available for petting by anyone who wanted.

We drove all the way from PA to Los Angeles along the northern route, then from Los Angeles to Florida where I dropped Margarette off at her home. The whole thing took 2 weeks to complete, covered 7000 miles total and was a life-changing experience for me.

We had some exciting adventures along the way. Like the time our truck broke down in a Colorado rest area far from any city. Margarette was wonderful. We lay on our backs on the green grass and shared imagined shapes with the clouds as we waited for rescue. Or the time we stopped off with no more than 30 minutes notice to a Rotary Meeting in Blythe, CA and Margarette gave such an inspiring talk that we walked away with contributions to the trip.

I also learned much about the power of faith. One big demonstration was Cass raising the funding. Another was hearing Margarette speak to the residents of the facilities on our trip. Margarette had a speech worked up for the groups in the communities and she did a great job inspiring our elderly to continue to do their best, regardless of anything else. She used herself as a shining example of how one can age actively.

Then one day we walked into a facility where nearly everyone was physically incapacitated in some way, many were rolled in on gurneys, others in wheelchairs. I had gotten to the room first, as usual, holding Quark, my dog, out so the residents could pet her and receive her love. I wondered what Margarette would talk about to these people, as activity was not an option for them. As she entered the room I watched her closely. She was surprised at first for about half a second, then a peace and joy filled her demeanor as she walked in and took her place at the front of the room. When she spoke, it was a whole new talk. She started talking about having met Rose Kennedy when she was a little girl and how Rose had inspired her to live life to the fullest, regardless of the situation. She spoke of using one's imagination to captain your boat and still reach the destinations your heart yearns for.

I knew in that moment that I was a small piece of something much bigger than any of us. This was a wish that all these people had asked for too. Twilight Wish Foundation was granting hundreds, if not more wishes with this trip. Cass and me, the staff at TWF and Margarette were working for the Greater Good, whatever it may be called. We were a wish-granting team whose effects would keep expanding long after we were gone.

I have carried this faith with me ever since. Margarette and I are still friends that keep in touch without social media. We call and we visit. Everyone involved in this wish was granted their own wish simultaneously. For a short video about this truck trip follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ezO_XhH-n0

Thank you Cass for putting all of this into motion. You will never know what a big difference you make in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I have not been granted a wish of my own, I have seen how this foundation goes above and beyond for each and every wish they make come true. Their staff are lovely and kind with a huge passion for helping others. One particular instance, a Twilight volunteer took one woman's wish for a new mattress and reached out to local businesses to not only get a mattress, but a box spring, new comforter, pillows, and sheets. She was so grateful and surprised by their generosity. I love how they extend their reach to local businesses and get more than just their own volunteers involved. It creates a larger community that continues to give back. Thanks, Twilight!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer with Twilight Wish Foundation for several years. Their mission is so needed by so many of our senior citizens who are living in poverty. The staff is excellent and is devoted to the Foundation's cause. In addition, they are fiscally responsible and there is never a charge to the wish recipient. I recommend Twilight Wish Foundation highly!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently TWF put on a Laugh Night at Juniper Village. It was a success. Myself, along with three of my residents and two activities staff from Saint John XXIII Home attended and had an absolutely Fabulous time. The food was Amazing, the entertainment very funny, the atmosphere wonderful and the Chinese Auction a hit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation has been a blessing for local senior citizens with granting their wishes. They continue to give back to those who have paved the way before us celebrating their accomplishments and making dreams come true. This is an excellent organization that touches the lives of many every day!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of Directors for Twilight Wish Foundation in December of 2013. From an insider perspective, I can truly say that this is a phenomenal organization! I have seen Twilight Wish grant the wishes of many seniors since I have become involved and I have seen first hand the joy that seniors get when their wishes are granted. I am proud to be part of an organization that brings so much joy the senior community.

Donor

Rating: 4

Twilight Wish provides meaningful and powerful experiences for Seniors to fulfill one dream that has not yet been fulfilled in their lives. Twilight Wish goes to great lengths to prepare the perfect experience in a cost effective manner. The joy they bring to the Seniors they serve is priceless.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish is a fantastic organization. They just opened another Chapter in Michigan that serves residents throughout the state. They are one of those feel good organizations that really make seniors feel special about their golden years.

Mindy15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for about 2 years now. We consistently are able to grant wishes to deserving seniors and veterans in our community. The gratitude that the wish recipients have for our organization is amazing. They are always humbled, honored and appreciative that we were able to make their wish come true.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Chapter Director, we have the opportunity to impact so many senior's lives in our county. From something as simple as providing a vacuum cleaner to someone who needed a bed to another individual that we sent to Florida for a conference who had never flown on an airplane, the possibliites to make wishes come true are endless!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this organization. We have granted wished that change peoples lives for the better. We have provided stair lifts so an elderly woman could remain in her home, granted a 92 year old an opportunity to live out a dream (including a first flight) and simple dreams such as a bed, a sweeper, quad canes. I believe in this charity and hope it continues.

Donor

Rating: 5

I started out as a donor & now am working at TWF. The mission & goal of this organization is genuine. We strive to grant wishes for senior citizens & military veterans who financially cannot do so on their own. Just to know my efforts, whether donating or fundraising, are positively effecting the older, often forgotten, generation is priceless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the TWF for 3 years. I’ve always felt that certain things in life are “sacred”, i.e. like a job, a friendship, one’s health or one’s financial prosperity. To me the word “sacred” implies a source of abundance. The staff and volunteers of the TWF, whether for a simple need or a wish to live life in the fullest, strive daily to be that source of abundance for a desiring senior. At the end of the day, it’s a good feeling. OK, so maybe we are one of those thousand points of light that President George H.W. Bush spoke of 20 + years ago! In any event, the TWF is a great organization.

Review from Guidestar

Trina J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation is comprised of a team of angels. It's a wonderful organization to be a part of and I feel honored to be associated with such caring people who unselfishly help others. I have the highest respect for this organization and all the great things they do. With so many seniors in need of simple things (for example - dentures and walkers) to seniors desiring one last wish (like going to their former job) to living their life to the fullest (perhaps going up in a biplane). Senior citizens gave of themselves and helped to pave the way for all of us, and it's up to us to give back to them. Twilight Wish averages one wish every other day - - what an amazing contribution to this world! Twilight Wish Foundation makes this world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the volunteer director of the NJ Chapter of Twilight Wish, I have to say that there is nothing more rewarding than helping to make wishes come true for our seniors. There is no greater feeling than seeing the smile on the face of the senior as their wish has been fulfilled.

Some wishes like trips to concerts, ball games and to see family/friends take some time to coordinate while others are simple to arrange. No matter how much time and coordination the wishes take, the end result is the same. The senior's wish comes true. Ultimately,
I am not sure who feels better when the wish is complete- the senior or me. I cannot tell you what a wonderful organization this is and how proud I am to be a part of it!


Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The unwavering strength of the founder, CEO, and the volunteer staff to raise funds for underprivileged seniors and grant the wishes of so many, who often ask so little, is awesome to behold. While some are fun to grant, it is often the small things, like teeth, hearing aids, shoes, beds, etc... that keep you humble. Every dollar counts so, please, if you have one share it with this organization.

Review from Guidestar

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twilight Wish Foundation grants wishes for deserving seniors. The experiences and gifts provided by this organization are truly inspiring and create life lasting memories for the seniors and those involved in granting wishes.