Vol. IV, No. 7
May 13 to June 2, 2013
Inspiring Opportunities is a newsletter from Coming of Age:Bay Area for people 50+ who are making a difference in the world, in their communities and in their lives.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Facebook 101. Learn Facebook basics at this workshop, FREE for Coming of Age members! You'll leave the class with a ready-to-use Facebook page of your own. This two-part class is scheduled for two Wednesdays, May 29 and June 5, 10:00 a.m. to noon at the North Oakland Senior Center. Preregistration is required: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Encore Career Handbook. Join us to hear Marci Alboher, Encore.org lifestyle author, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on June 4. Enjoy a discount for Coming of Age:Bay Area members--just one of our many free membership benefits! Call us for the special code to receive the discount-- (415) 474-7787. Read more….
You’re invited to be inspired! Our popular Explore Your Future workshop will help you look at your next steps in life in a new way—and develop a real Action Plan to make them happen. Join us in the East Bay:
Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fees: $79 for Coming of Age members, or $129 for nonmembers. Comprehensive workbook included at no extra charge. Classes fill up quickly--click HERE to learn more and sign up.
Stop and smell the natives! Take a docent-guided tour to learn about California native plants in the beautiful ten-acre Tilden Park Botanical Garden in Berkeley. Saturdays, 1:00 p.m., or on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. FREE, drop-in. Read more….
The Legacy Film Festival on Aging and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are proud to present a film series portraying the richness of later life. In the only festival of its kind, 25 carefully selected films from seven countries promise to inspire, educate and entertain intergenerational audiences on how to live well and enjoy life--despite its challenges. June 7 to 9, San Francisco State University. Purchase tickets individually or for the entire series. Click HERE for more info and to buy tickets.
The 76th annual Stern Grove Festival begins June 16, with an outstanding line-up of FREE Sunday concerts. Included in this year’s schedule: Ramsay Lewis, Boz Scaggs, the SF Symphony, Opera and Ballet, the Kronos Quartet and others. Click HERE for the full schedule.
All varieties of dance, music, poetry, theater and more are here for you to enjoy at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which runs from May through October. Children’s and family programs are included in the multicultural slate of presentations, and best of all, all events are FREE. Read more….
Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators. This six-day Summer Institute, sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center, will equip educators with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and teachers. A limited number of scholarships are available. Friday, June 28 to Wednesday, July 3, UC Berkeley, Clark Kerr Campus. Read more….
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Exclusively for nonprofit leaders and staff! Take advantage of this fantastic workshop to network with other Bay Area nonprofits, build the capacity of your organization, and engage in two days of learning designed to help you do more with less!
Fridays, June 21 and 28, 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.
American Red Cross, Oakland
Included: light continental breakfast, lunch, and workbook for you to keep. Bring a co-worker and we'll discount their fee by $20! Get more info and register today by clicking HERE.
Top 10 fundraising tips. Check this list of practical, do-able fundraising ideas, including obtaining in-kind donations, keeping donors and board members loyal and happy, corporate and online fundraising, holding effective events, and more. Read more….
Proposal Writing Workshop--scholarships offered! The Foundation Center offers this hands-on class to help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal; discover what grantmakers consider “red flags”; and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors. Tuesday, June 25, in San Francisco. The fee is $295, but scholarships are offered for organizations with budgets under $1,000,000. Read more….
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Volunteer and paid opportunities in the Bay Area
Calling all avid gardeners, garden designers, individuals with building skills, or folks who just like to dig in the dirt to come help develop school and public gardens in Oakland. Join a great team---or work on you own---and help design, build and/or enhance school and public gardens while sharing your expertise and learning new skills
Volunteer in a 5-star, nationally-recognized senior facility with a great community of people. Our busy Garden Cafe is looking for 1 volunteer to assist behind the counter on Sundays - greeting customers, serving coffee and light snacks, cashiering.
In partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank, we are proud to be able to provide our clients with a grocery delivery service! As a Home Delivery & Grocery Shopper for MoWSF, you'll be able to help the homebound seniors continue eating the foods they like and cook for themselves. It's a rewarding volunteer opportunity as you get to personally connect with some of our clients and form a bond like friendship with the isolated seniors. This position requires at least a 6-month commitment and we'll need you to be able to deliver the groceries every Wednesday morning.
Join the Community Education Partnerships team of volunteers who provide free tutoring to children who have been affected by homelessness. Our tutors provide weekly one-on-one tutoring to the students we serve, most often at shelters and transitional homes throughout Oakland and Berkeley. By offering free tutoring, school supplies, enrollment assistance, and access to enrichment activities, Community Education Partnerships strives to remove some of the many educational obstacles homeless children face.
Discover, Engage & Innovate. Want to learn and share exciting and interactive experiences with future scientists? As a Lawrence Hall of Science volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help kids and families experience hands-on science, assist our instructors in our classes and workshops and be an ambassador of our mission and programs out in the community or here at the Hall.
Click HERE for additional paid and unpaid opportunities.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
News You Can Use
Are you thinking about moving to a smaller place, or helping a parent do the same? This handy guide to downsizing from Family Caregiver Alliance will help you manage the job, and should help create some order amid the chaos of moving. Read more….
Volunteering by people over 55 is at a 10-year high. According to new data released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), volunteering by older people is at a 10-year high, and the percentage of older volunteers has steadily increased over the last decade (up six points – from 25.1% in 2002 to 31.2% in 2011). One in three volunteers is now 55 or older. Tapping a lifetime of experience to help those in greatest need, more than 20 million older volunteers gave nearly 3 billion hours of service, at a value of $67 billion. Read more….
And if you feel inspired to join this dedicated group of folks giving back in their communities, see the listings above and be sure to visit the Opportunities section of our website!
Innovation comes in many forms. We all know people who are breathtakingly creative, or who perform brilliantly at work and seem able to come up with solutions before we even know there’s a problem. This article says you can learn to be innovative, whether at work or in your own life. Read more….
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Foodie Boomers fuel restaurant profits. Unexpected results of a recent study suggest that restaurants might want to rethink their marketing efforts. A research company called the NPD Group found that the number of restaurant visits by Boomers and older Americans has grown steadily during the last five years, while visits by millennials (people under 30) have declined. Read more….
Americans’ Perspectives on New Retirement Realities and the Longevity Bonus is a new study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave. The average 65-year-old can expect to live another two decades or more, says Ken Dychtwald, Age Wave founder and CEO. “With each new breakthrough in medicine, the average ‘longevity bonus’ will continue to increase,” he says. We still worry about our future--our most common fear, says this study: health challenges. Read more….
On the other hand.... Yes, we know we should be socking away the bucks for retirement and healthcare. We know we need to work longer, maximize 401K contributions, take Social Security later. But guess what: it's ok to have some fun along the way. Read more….
Special Free Offers! Connect with us on FACEBOOK to keep up with all the news and get first dibs on special offers. (Hint: check today to see what's on tap!)
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
Coming of Age:Bay Area works with nonprofit organizations and individuals to celebrate the ability of all people age 50+ to continue to grow, transform their communities, and become a force for public good. Coming of Age:Bay Area is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS), with additional funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service/RSVP grant and other community grants, and in partnership with KQED and UC Berkeley Retirement Center.