Golden Wishes honors and celebrates older adults

Golden Wishes honors and celebrates older adults 2021-06-22T13:03:48-04:00

United Way’s Golden Wishes makes dreams a reality for older adults age 60+ in Miami-Dade County.

As Miami-Dade residents are living longer and healthier lives, we are finding new ways to honor, celebrate and maximize contributions for older adults.

Through Golden Wishes, United Way teams up with nonprofits and community groups to grant wishes for special adults age 60+ who are unable to pursue a wish on their own. Wishes are co-created with agencies, companies, churches, civic groups and others.

Together, we aim to celebrate older adults that continue to go above and beyond for their families, friends and community – or those that need a little extra help to overcome a barrier. With every wish, we celebrate positive aging.


  • Solutions & Basic Necessities
    (e.g. overcoming a barrier, home maintenance and repairs, replacing a broken appliance or furniture, bill assistance, etc.)
  • Enhancing Health & Wellness
    (e.g. exercise equipment for older adults, fitness tracking devices, health monitors, medication dispensing system, Uber gift cards to attend medical appointments, gardening kits, arts and crafts kits, puzzle and board game kits, etc.)
  • Fostering Connectivity & Learning
    (e.g. tablet with downloaded apps tailored for older adults, jitterbug phone, virtual concert or meet and greet, tuition for a virtual class, etc.)
  • Other wishes with significant meaning to the recipient that are COVID19 safe and appropriate.

*Wishes will NOT be granted for cash, automobiles, real estate, major home renovations, legal services, medical treatments or other wishes (at the discretion of the volunteer selection committee) and any wish selected will have a budget and financial cap.

Nominating someone for Golden Wishes


  • Wish recipients must be 60 or older and live in Miami-Dade County.
  • Nominations and co-creation of wishes are accepted from “wish partners” including individuals, nonprofits, companies, civic or faith groups, or other community groups.

To be considered, a nomination form must be submitted by March 22, 2021 by 5:00PM with a thorough explanation of why the nominee deserves to be selected and a preliminary fulfillment plan.

From the many nominations received, the committee will seek truly meaningful and compelling wishes for deserving older adults who are without the means to fulfill their wish on their own.


Step 1:       Nominations
Step 2:       Wish selection by a committee
Step 3:      Individual celebratory announcements for wish recipients
Step 4:       Wish coordination by nominator(s)
Step 5:       Wish fulfillment by teams of volunteers and sponsors and nominator
Step 6:       Sharing results to raise awareness about positive aging


Email for wish sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.



Golden Wishes is just one of the ways we are striving to make a difference in the lives of older adults. Golden Wishes complements these United Way strategies:

  • Program investments – With the goal of healthy aging, United Way invests in programs at community agencies that provide nutritious meals and in-home help, as well as fitness and social activities.
  • Age-Friendly Initiative – United Way is a funder and co-leading entity for this county-wide, collective impact initiative that engages multiple sectors in creating an age-friendly community.
  • Public policy – United Way advocates for increased support for home and community-based services for older adults.
  • Collaboration – United Way facilitates the Older Adult Advocacy Taskforce exploring additional policy solutions for our aging community.

Connecting with older adults

See below for some ways United Way has engaged with older adults in our community:


Platinum level sponsor

  • The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Inc.

Gold level sponsors 

  • Dr. Rudy Moise
  • Anthem
  • Social Mobile

Silver level sponsors 

  • Monica Auslander
  • Geico

Bronze level sponsors

  • Agua Zarca Nursery Inc.
  • Castellanos Nursery Inc.
  • Flores Nursery Inc.
  • Goldstar Nursery, LLC
  • Royal Palm INC.
  • Cami’s Little Farm Shop, CORP

Previous sponsors who helped start, grow and sustain program

  • AARP
  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Joe Hovancak
  • Healthcare Consulting Alliance
  • JPMorgan Chase (Baseball for Kids program)
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Galleria Farms