Some of the more successful experiments of the Foundation include its intergenerational projects. For example, the Arthur B. Brown and William Brown Garden’s senior citizen building’s teenage volunteer program is coordinated with local schools on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Student volunteers spend many hours organizing and coordinating group activities including gardening, creative writing, sewing, card playing, bingo and exercise classes. These leisure-time activities enrich the ambience of the building and the lives of its residents.
The Foundation has also developed a foster grandparent program for the residents of its Enriched Housing Program and children from local schools. Through sharing gardening and other projects, the elderly and neighborhood children have developed mutually rewarding relationships, one of the Foundation’s continuing goals.