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    Connect with your community, with new friends, new interests, new opportunities! Take advantage of Coming of Age’s powerful learning and service programs to reflect on who you are now, and who you want to be...

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    Use your unique talents and skills to help others. Nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area are looking for people with experience and energy: They’re looking for people like you! 

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    Where will you be in a year? In five years? Our workshops help you fuse passion, purpose and personal strengths to imagine the possibilities—and to develop an Action Plan to turn them into reality. 

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    Creativity comes in many forms. No matter what your goal is—a new project, new career, new future—you’ll be inspired to discover and create the tools to reach it. And we’re here to help.

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    Coming of Age members bring experience, dedication and passion to organizations seeking to fill volunteer and paid positions. If you’ve got an opportunity, we’ve got the talent! 

Video of our Encore Career Workshop posted under Radio Stories

A few participants from our recent "Encore Career Workshop" wanted to talk about their experience, so we put together a short video that also includes statements from workshop facilitator Luanne... Read More

Our nonprofit partners need your help more than ever!

The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye & our nonprofit partners need your help more than ever! Check out our Community Service page & find organization that needs your skills and... Read More

Members of Coming of Age:Bay Area have access

Members of Coming of Age:Bay Area have access to special programs and discounts. Click to JOIN at no cost and take advantage of one-on-one matching to unique volunteer positions, discounted programs... Read More

Coming of Age:Bay Area “Make a BIG Difference” Awards

Six Bay Area nonprofits have won cash grants for exciting projects that engage the talents of volunteers age 50+ and foster the teamwork structure our members enjoy. We’re excited to fund projects... Read More

Coming Soon

Literary icon Maxine Hong Kingston will lead a discussion about Veterans’ experiences in connection with her anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. The presentation is part of Oakland library’s “War Comes Home” series. Scheduled for Saturday, November 22, noon, at the Main Branch, Oakland Public Library. FREE. For the full November schedule of library events, click HERE.
Writers Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl Wudunn will talk about their new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity on Thursday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. The book tells the story of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference. Advance tickets, $15, or $20 at the door. A related four-hour TV series, “A Path Appears,” will air next year on PBS. Purchase tickets HERE.


“Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society” is a special supplement to the journal Health Education & Behavior. The goal of these peer-reviewed articles, covering a wide spectrum of topics, is to encourage readers to look at innovative ways to influence health, functioning and well-being of an older population. You can access the Table of Contents HERE, with links to full text.  
The Atlantic Philanthropies will shut down operations in two years. Now, says this New York Times article, the pressure is on to pursue the very best ways to spend down its remaining billion dollars. Read more….

Trusted Elders Give Advice

The Elder Wisdon Circle™ was founded as a national organization in 2001 to allow seniors to share their hard-earned wisdom. At the Sequoias San Francisco, an NCPHS community, Coming of Age:Bay... Read More...

Mary DeShaw was Ready to Be Amazed!

In 2010, as I was preparing for that “jumping off” place I once thought of as “retirement,” I spotted a bumper sticker with this sage advice: “PREPARE TO BE AMAZED.” It was just the paradigm shift... Read More...

Sandi Blair - Civicorps Volunteer Academic Coach

Sandi Blair retired after practicing family law in Berkeley for 37 years. She is now able to fill her life with art classes, book clubs, theater, Tai Chi and world travel. Sandi is also committed... Read More...

Nancy Smietana - Volunteering led to an Encore Career in Healthcare

It took far more than the 17 years Nancy Smietana spent working as a ticket and inside sales agent for the airline industry to turn her life in another direction.   At age fifty-five, Nancy was... Read More...


San Francisco Guitar Quartet will perform their Chamber Concerts at Trinity Church in Berkeley on... View full event


Our National Parks celebrate Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, with FREE admission. Yosemite is beautiful in the Fall! For more info:... View full event


VolxKuche or Free-Cafe - St. John Episcopal Church, 110 Julian Ave, San Francisco - is a... View full event


Berkeley Chamber Performances will perform their Trio MoD (classical, jazz, gospel and Native American) at Berkeley City Club at 8pm on November 18. Tickets are $25. For more... View full event