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TRAIL celebrates two years of service and growth


TRAIL of Johnson County marked its second anniversary at a May 16 celebration held at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville.

“Collectively, our members, volunteers, donors, vendors and other friends have made TRAIL what the founders envisioned,” TRAIL board chair Michelle Buhman told the assembled guests.

“Today, thanks to your involvement, we are a thriving organization that helps older adults age more safely and comfortably in the place they call home, because they’re part of an active, caring, inclusive and supportive TRAIL community.”

Buhman noted numerous successes as TRAIL enters its third full year of operation. As an example, she cited TRAIL’s membership growth, which far exceeds the board’s initial projections when the organization opened its doors in April 2017.

TRAIL’s year-two milestones include:


      • 206 members at the Full and Affiliate levels
      • About 65 trained volunteers, including those filling member requests as well as volunteers serving on board committees
      • TRAIL volunteers filled 510 member service requests in 2018, including transportation, tech support, yard work and home checks
      • More than a dozen monthly member events, such as museum tours, hikes, hands-on workshops and social events at area restaurants, keep TRAIL members engaged and help combat social isolation
      • Approximately 45 local businesses are now part of TRAIL’s prescreened service provider list, giving member access to trusted professionals in a variety of fields


Buhman said the organization is planning for continued growth and hopes to reach the 300-member mark in 2020, with a similar increase in the number of volunteers.

Guests at the TRAIL anniversary event were entertained by local actor and playwright Janet Schlapkohl, who presented a humorous monologue about the challenges of aging. The event’s corporate sponsors included James Investment Group, Westwinds Real Estate, and Caring Hands & More, all of Iowa City.