Twice each year, Griswold Home Care awards a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student who demonstrates a commitment to caregiving and making a difference in the lives of others. It is our hope to help further the educational goals of these students who are putting the needs of others before their own.
Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Paige Alenick as the most recent winner of our bi-annual scholarship. Paige is currently a student at New York University, majoring in Psychology with the intent to earn a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply to her continuing education.
Throughout her matriculation at NYU, she has maintained an impressive 3.76 – 4.0 GPA. Even more impressive, Paige has been active in helping older adults since she was only seven years of age.
“I became the youngest and first outsider ever to join a group called JOY (Joining Old & Young), a high school chorus that sings songs from the 1940s at assisted living facilities,” recalled Paige. “I remained in JOY for 11 years, leading the group for my last two. The opportunity to take those in the audience back to their youth through music — to see their actual tears of joy and to hear the clapping by those in wheelchairs, was spectacular. Similarly, the meet-and-greets after each concert were an amazing opportunity to learn from those who so appreciated the chance to share their lives and to reduce their loneliness.”
But Paige didn’t stop there. She continued to expand her work to include helping others around the world maintain their health. In 2011, Paige founded Donate-A-Toothbrush, an organization that calls attention to the pain and disease suffered by millions due to poor oral health and which collects and distributes toothbrushes to people in need around the world.
“The challenge both with Donate-a-Toothbrush and with JOY is to sustain the caregiving efforts,” Paige observed. “Visiting the elderly just once and collecting a few toothbrushes is nice, but not good enough. The task at hand is to continue the support and to encourage others to join you.”
To date, Paige and Donate-a-Toothbrush have collected 145,000 toothbrushes that have been distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Because shipping can be expensive, many of the toothbrushes are given to World Dental Relief, a 501(c)(3) organization that sponsors hundreds of missions each year in Third World countries. Thanks to Paige, World Dental Relief has a steady supply of toothbrushes.
Additionally, Paige promotes her organization via social media and outreach to hundreds of dentists throughout the country. She’s attended dental conferences to help build partnerships with major corporations to help advance efforts to care for the health of the less fortunate.
Griswold is honored to award our bi-annual scholarship to Paige and wish her continued success in her studies and journeys in caring.
“Kindness is contagious,” said Paige. “Share with others your good ideas about supporting someone in need. You’ll be surprised at how much support you’ll receive both with in kind donations and money. Such support is exactly what’s needed for a small effort at support to grow into a much larger one. Find something about which you are passionate, and apply yourself to this passion in a way that will support someone in need.”