Welcome to SAIL
Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a vibrant non-profit membership organization of people 55+ who reside in the Dane county area. SAIL members wish to remain active, independent, in their own homes, and socially connected, and have found that navigating the many changes brought on by age is much easier with the resources offered by SAIL.
Membership includes referrals to pre-screened service providers, discounted emergency pendants, daily automated check-in service, house checks, shredding services, wellness services, social events and clubs, member-helping-member volunteer opportunities, discounts to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs, Home Health United medical equipment, quarterly mattress flipping and other member perks!
SAIL's office is located inside Oakwood Village University Woods Campus, 6209 Mineral Point Road #210, Madison WI 53705.
What Members and Donors Have to Say
"We can’t say enough good things about SAIL! With our children spread all over the country, it’s so nice to have the feeling of a safety net when and if we need it. And the staff has been so attentive whenever we’ve called, it’s like having a best friend at the ready!”
~Alan and Linda Knox, SAIL Members
"SAIL is my security blanket. My kids live out of town and it's so comforting for them and me to know SAIL is here for me. The daily check-in is especially important to me since I live alone."
~Faith M., SAIL Member and Volunteer
"I believe in the program. What you do is fantastic!"
~Cliff, SAIL Volunteer and Donor
Upcoming News, Events and Programs
This is a special time at SAIL! When we started ten years ago, we never imagined that SAIL would end up helping to spark a movement across the country that is transforming how we age: the “Village Movement.”
This movement, which now includes over 190 open villages and 170 in development, promotes healthy aging and a member-to-member spirit of helping. These nonprofit villages, including SAIL, do not receive government funding. We rely on member fees, grants, and donations. We complement, not duplicate, services and resources offered by community agencies. Today, we are 500 members strong and are experiencing unprecedented growth in member volunteerism.
Charter member, Sue Goldstein, learned about SAIL in 2004 and almost immediately joined as a volunteer. Little did she know that nine years later she would be facing a major medical issue that would require help from fellow members--just like the support that she offered to so many in prior years. To read Sue's story, click here.
Thousands of older adults in our community have received services, education, and volunteer support through SAIL over the past ten years. Our services have evolved during this time, but our priorities remain the same:
- Promoting a members-helping-members spirit at SAIL; being a “good neighbor”
- Nurturing community connections and offering membership to all seniors, regardless
of ability to pay
- Ensuring trustworthy, competent, and reliable services for our homes and for ourselves
- Tapping the amazing life experiences and skills of members
- Retaining competent staff with a “can do” attitude and genuine respect for our members
- Life-long learning and a strong sense of self-efficacy
- Seeking new services, solutions, technology, and ideas to help older adults’ live meaningful, healthy lives.
Will you help us invest in the future of SAIL and in the health, safety, and well-being of older adults in our community?