About Us

OUR MISSION

To inspire global citizenship by helping individuals enhance their quality of life through sustainable solutions.

We envision a world a world where basic needs are met for all people without compromising the needs of non-human animals and the environment.

WE ARE SUPPORTING

25,000+ People in 5 Countries

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OUR STORY

Like so many good things in this world GRANDKIDS and CLOSE2HEART started with a child…an 11-year-old child.

This child’s name was Ishan Mandani.  Ishan’s parents were active at a local hospital in Dunedin, Florida, in a volunteer program called Friend-to-Friend.  This program provided a shopping service to help homebound senior citizens get their groceries and medications.  Ishan seemed to have a special connection with the senior citizens.

 “I would go grocery shopping and medicine shopping for the seniors who are immobile and I saw the happiness they had when they saw me, and it brightened their day when I came and gave them some company,” Ishan said. “It made me want to help more seniors and give them more company and make them happy.”

At Ishan’s urging, his mother Nisha Mandani began gathering a team of resource people to develop a wider-spread program to help the elderly. She asked the Red Cross and Hospice to help her develop a training manual to prepare more kids for the program. Kids don’t understand some of the day-to-day difficulties seniors live with, so during training the kids participate in various activities to learn how to empathize with these challenges. For example, the kids work to maneuver a wheelchair, and they try to open medicine bottles with mittens on in order to relate to limited dexterity on one’s hands.

Nisha recruited the help of the Boy and Girl Scouts to help develop intergenerational activities that both the youth and seniors would enjoy during their visits. She also established working relationships with the Pinellas County Florida school system, Hillsborough County Public Schools and the local Rotary Club.  With husband Raj, the Mandanis have personally provided the seed-money to charter Our AIM Foundation, Inc., the organization which administers VOLUNTEER GRANDKIDS and CLOSE2HEART.

As the years went on, Our AIM Foundation began branching out and starting new initiatives. Our AIM now includes Just One Humanity and the Tim Harrington Initiative.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nisha Mandani

Founder

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Aja Estro

Co-Founder

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George Felos

Executive Board

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Yvonka DeRidder

Board Member

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Jeff Bronson

Board Member

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