New York lindy hopper Carl blogs about a new "Lindy Hopper’s Fund of America" that aims to assist elderly swing dancers who have any kind of pressing financial need. It’s great hearing about lindy hoppers taking care of their own. Here’s the fund description:
Hopper’s Fund of America is a nonprofit, national human services
organization that helps our elder generation of Lindy Hoppers who
danced at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, in theater, film and on television. Through
a broad spectrum of social, health and housing programs The Lindy
Hopper’s Fund will address their essential and critical needs. The
Lindy Hopper’s Fund Social Services Assistance offers a comprehensive
program designed to meet critical needs. We will provide crisis
intervention, individual and family needs assessments, and development
of long-term plans including ongoing support, education, information
and referrals. In addition, financial assistance can be provided for
essential living expenses such as rent, utilities or medical costs.
To qualify, you have to meet the following conditions:
- A minimum of five years of Lindy Hop performance or pivotal service to the Lindy Hop community.
- Age 62+
- Financial need
What’s innovative about the program is that instructors and event organizers can designate a portion of their fees to go toward the fund. The fund will officially be launched at the Houston Lindy Fest next weekend on March 13.