Civic Engagement in an Older America E-Newsletter

July, 2011

CONTENTS

Rewriting the Narrative of Aging through the Older Americans Act

Twitter Tuesday

Investing in National Service

The Win-Win of Senior Volunteering

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Rewriting the Narrative of Aging through the Older Americans Act

Join the Age4Action Network for a free webinar on Tuesday, July 26th, to learn more about how Americans aged 50+ are challenging the traditional idea of a quiet retirement and pursuing active engagement in their communities--and what that means for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The webinar will review the Age4Action Network’s recommendations for the OAA and share ideas for organizing friends and colleagues to support OAA reauthorization. Based on findings from Idea Forums held in six cities across the country, the recommendations can be found in the executive summary and full report.

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Twitter Tuesday

On Tuesday, July 26, please take a few minutes to help the OASIS Institute promote wellness for adults 50+. You can raise $100 for OASIS in minutes just by voting, and it won't cost you a thing! Anyone can vote (up to 20 times) on Twitter day and donate $100 from Sam’s Club for adult wellness. You do not need to be a Sam’s Club member. Each tweet on July 26 with the words #AdultWellness and @SamsClub earns $5 for OASIS from Sam’s Giving Made Simple Campaign. With the funds raised, OASIS—a founding member of the Age4Action Network—will increase the number of health and wellness classes offered throughout their cities. Click here to find more information about how to use Twitter online.

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Investing in National Service

In this timely Huffington Post article, AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for National Service, encourages lawmakers to look beyond all of the immediate budget cuts, and consider making an investment in national service. She describes the importance of smart investments that will create employment opportunities, guarantee a return on taxpayer dollars, and empower organizations to use innovative and cost-effective approaches to solve pressing social challenges. Connolly strengthens her argument by pointing out that national service can better leverage federal investments by combining them with private support and community-based volunteers.

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The Win-Win of Senior Volunteering

Reflecting on the recent White House event on senior volunteerism and service, Dr. Erwin Tan, Director of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), penned this White House blog post on the benefits of “seniors in service” for both individuals and communities. He also describes the important role of Senior Corps in matching volunteers age 55+ with assignments in their communities that meet critical needs.