Want to make your space more welcoming to the community?
Our toolkits dive into different accessibility needs and what organizations can do to make spaces more accommodating to our community.
The Congressional Research Service reported that 4.7 million people aged 65 and older had incomes below the federal poverty thresholds in 2017. Seniors above 80 have even higher rates of poverty due to greater vulnerability to income risks. This can be attributed to the fact that many have little to no earnings and are more likely to incur increased medical expenses. By offering a senior discount, businesses can give older customers one less financial concern to worry about.
Offering free Wi-Fi at local shared spaces is necessary to give clients, community and staff the best environment you can offer. Having fast, secure, and reliable Wi-Fiwill not only increase your customer base, but also allow for a more collaborativespace and open new opportunities for your business.
Every person has the right to use the bathroom in peace. For many, traditional gender restrooms do not provide the proper amenities and have the potential of being dangerous spaces. All-gender restrooms provide safety and security and promote further community engagement.
Customers seeking alternatives to meat would have been hard pressed to find tempeh and seitan in a typical U.S. grocery store a decade ago, but today, these popular substitutes, as well as the emergence of plant-based proteins that emulate the texture and flavor of meat, are part of a plant-based food boom that is projected to reach $140 billion by 2029.
Having flat walking spaces allows more Ithaca citizens to access your space and enjoy the resources you have to offer. Flat walking surfaces are a more family and mobility-friendly option. Plus, 92% of consumers are more likely to support a business that is physically and digitally accessible to all.
Food insecurity is an immense problem, and it is estimated that over 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to sufficient food, over 25% of the world’s population. According to the USDA, food insecurity affects nearly 17.4 million U.S. households at some time during the year.
Free and low-cost activities and services break barriers. By offering your patrons free events, discounted admission, or sliding-scale service fees, all Ithacans are able to participate in activities and access valuable resources. Ensuring that people can be engaged in their community without financial strain will cultivate a sense of belonging and create a more equitable community.
Free/low-cost childcare allows parents and caretakers to enjoy the perks Ithaca businesses have to offer. By providing services to families of young children, businesses will be welcoming a demographic that may not have had the opportunity to reap the benefits of Ithaca’s rich social and cultural life.
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