Meet The Author
Jared Bloomfield is the Special Projects Manager of the international nonprofit organization Wish of a Lifetime (WOL) whose mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generation by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing stories to inspire those of all ages. Jared feels grateful to have ‘the best job’ at ‘the best place’ and is thrilled with the innovative and significantly positive steps that Wish of a Lifetime has taken on since he joined the team in 2014.
Jared joined WOL as an intern in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the tangible, meaningful and positive outcomes that he saw wish granting provide. After receiving his Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Denver in 2016, Jared joined the Wish of a Lifetime team as its Special Projects Manager. In this role, Jared has focused his energy on building out unique and creative ways to provide services to a wide ranging demographic of seniors and to engage community members in participating in this important movement. From recruiting, hiring and training 25-30 interns per year, working to support more low income seniors through wish granting and engaging the community with seniors through corporate social reasonability and other creative volunteer opportunities, Jared is proud of the change that WOL has underwent during his tenure. Jared is thrilled to see the growth of the Cupid Crew rose delivery event under his leadership, overseeing what was once a small, Denver based volunteer project that turned into a national volunteer day, engaging almost 3,000 volunteers in delivering 30,000 roses to seniors in 300 cities nationwide in 2019. In addition, as a licensed social worker, Jared and the WOL team have created a social work internship program that has engaged social work students in providing meaningful clinical services to wish recipients in Colorado. This program has provided more than 200 clinical hours and granted more than 40 wishes since the program started in 2016. Through exploring innovative solutions to complex problems that exist around aging, Jared sees great potential in Wish of a Lifetime’s future expansion of existing special projects and creation of new special projects.
Jared was able to bring several years of nursing home, senior independent living and hospice experience to the WOL team and appreciates the mix of micro and macro mindsets at the organization. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jared is very aware and appreciative of his roots, and fully dedicates his geriatric career to his maternal Grandmother, Eva, who passed in 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Eva taught Jared the value of compassion, honesty and unconditional love. Jared feels very lucky to be at Wish of a Lifetime every day and constantly looks forward to experiencing the true joy and measureable worth of granting wishes on a daily basis.