Golden Wishes honors and celebrates older adults

Golden Wishes honors and celebrates older adults 2020-02-21T14:53:33-04:00

Now accepting 2019 nominations


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 grants 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.

Two older adult ladies at Miami Sequarium


  • Learning and/or a new experience
    (e.g. first-time tickets to a live performance, tuition for a class, swimming with dolphins, and the like)
  • Connecting with friends and/or family
    (e.g. traveling to a family reunion, meeting a grandchild for the first time, reconnecting with a long-lost friend, a special girls’ or guys’ night out, and the like)
  • Solutions
    (e.g. overcoming a barrier, replacing a broken appliance, help carrying bags after a planned purchase, and the like)
  • Other wishes with significant meaning to the recipient

*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).

Nominating someone for Golden Wishes


  • Wish recipients must be 60 or older and live in Miami-Dade County.
  • Nominations are welcomed from friends, co-workers, relatives and service providers. Individuals can also nominate themselves.
  • To be considered, a nomination form must be submitted by October 1 with a thorough explanation on why the nominee deserves to be selected.From the many nominations received, the committee will seek truly meaningful and compelling wishes for deserving seniors who are without the means to fulfill their wish on their own.

Nominate someone today


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


Email for wish sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.

Meet Filiberto, A 2018 Golden Wishes Recipient


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:


Gold level sponsors 

  • Galleria Farms
  • Dr. Rudy Moise
  • United Way of Miami-Dade

Additional sponsors

  • AARP
  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Comprehensive Health Center
  • Joe Hovancak
  • Healthcare Consulting Alliance
  • JPMorgan Chase (Baseball for Kids program)
  • Miami Seaquarium