Category Archives: Volunteering

“What Makes a Community Livable?” – AARP

English-In a Livable Community Poster

“The formula for what makes a community livable isn’t particularly complex. For the most part, the features and needs are fairly simple.

“But living in a place that, say, requires having a car for every errand or outing can be a difficult place to live if you don’t have a car or can’t drive.

“Living in a place without access to outdoor spaces, good schools and healthy food isn’t very livable, especially for young families.

“Living in a community that isn’t safe, or offers few activities, can be isolating for people regardless of age.

“On the other hand, a community that includes all of the features pictured in our “In a Livable Community” handout can be great — for people of all ages!”

AND people with a disability!

“How to Create an LGBTQ-Friendly Neighborhood by HomeAdvisor”

LGBTQ community

“Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies have created safe places where they can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to be themselves, both in public areas and in the privacy of their own homes. The most LGBTQIAPK-friendly places in the United States have several things in common, many of which you can duplicate in your neighborhood.

“No matter your sexuality or gender, you can create a more LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood by duplicating some of these same features. Through simple demonstrations of solidarity, welcoming, and active support of LGBTQIAPK businesses and services, you and your neighbors can make it known that you support them and are invested in their happiness.

Paint the Town

“One of the easiest ways to express your support is to incorporate LGBTQ symbols and traditions into your neighborhood. From simple design elements on your property to neighborhood-wide events, these public displays of inclusion are a must for any LGBTQ-friendly block:”

You can read this article in its entirety, click here.


We often get content submissions from lots of local, regional and national sources, the above article comes from a submission from David Dixon of NeighborhoodWeek.org

In an email, he writes:  I hope these encourage your community members to lend a hand however they can. No act is too small for a person, animal, or even an organization in need, and volunteering is such a meaningful way to make a difference.”

Thank you, David.

Here is more from his email:

“One of our residents’ favorite activities during our annual neighborhood week is to find new ways to improve our community. While most of us volunteer in our free time at least a few times a month, we especially look forward to our Neighborhood Week when we all join forces to make a difference together.”

He continues by saying these articles “I hope will inspire Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link site visitors to get active on behalf of their fellow man (and pets in need!). These offer some great ideas (I shared them recently in our neighborhood newsletter to get the juices flowing for our next neighborhood community improvement project):

How to Fit Volunteering into Your Packed Schedule

Student Activism: 4 Ways Your Child Can Help Feed the Hungry in Your Community

Helping Stray Pets

The Community Cat Survival Guide: How to Help Stray and Feral Cats

Here’s how you can help children separated from their parents at the U.S. border

Want to Volunteer Virtually? Here’s How

10 Ways To Make Your Small Business A Force For Good – That Take 1 Hour Or Less To Implement

Get Moving With All of AARP’s Roadmaps | a six-part series features workbooks about housing, transportation, health services, community engagement and more.

aarp roadmaps to livabiity

“How Salvation Army’s red kettles became a Christmas tradition” – The Converstion

salvation army red kettle

by Diane Winston

“Tinseled trees and snowy landscapes are not the only signs of the upcoming holiday season. Red kettles, staffed by men and women in street clothes, Santa suits and Salvation Army uniforms also telegraph Christmastime.

“The Army is among America’s top-grossing charities. In 2015, its 25,000 bell-ringers helped raise an all-time high of US$149.6 million. That was part of the year’s almost $3 billion revenue from bequests, grants, sales, in-kind donations and investments as well as direct contributions.

“William Booth, an English evangelist, founded the Salvation Army in 1878 as a religious outreach to London’s poor. How a British evangelical church became an American icon is an ongoing interest of mine.

Continue reading this article at The Conversation, click here.

“Identifying the Unique Challenges of Solo Agers | The Elder Orphan Facebook group finds that many without families lack support” – next avenue

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by Carol Marak

“Over 30 years ago, researchers and geriatricians identified an ‘elder orphan’ (sometimes called a ‘solo ager’) as a person aging alone with little support. But when my Elder Orphan Facebook group targeting this population launched over 2 1/2 years ago, little was known about them. Even then, few realized that the hardships faced by older people with no nearby family members could be any different from those of others aging at home.

“Health care professionals and companies tend to lump the older population into four segments: ages 55 to 64, 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older. It’s assumed that people in these age brackets deal with, or eventually could deal with, similar concerns relating to health, housing, transportation, caregiving and safety. But those concerns are further magnified for those who do not have a support system, and that number may be higher than you imagine. For example, in Dallas, where I live, 30 percent of people 65 and older live alone.

“Thankfully, through the dedicated service of social workers, gerontologists and geriatricians, the unique challenges of the solo ager have been identified.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety.

“Welcome to the Elder Orphan Facebook Group”

 

The Friendship Line | a 24-hour toll-free hotline/warmline for older and disabled adults

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The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.

Referrals

Phone: 415.750.4111

To make a referral right now, please fill out the Friendship Line Intake Form.

 

 

Confused about when to call 2-1-1 and 9-1-1?

Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt recently “unveiled a magnet that will be made available to county residents in an effort to make them aware of when it’s appropriate to call 911 and when they should dial 211.”

2-1-1Click on the graphic above to watch a five minute video that will explain what 2-1-1 is and how it differs from 9-1-1.

Read these articles, too, for more information.

The Village: A growing option for aging in place – AARP Public Policy Institute

AARP village

Click here to download the two page file as a .pdf.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Venue : Capitol Complex – Finance building, G-24B, 613 North Street, Harrisburg Pa 17120

There is opportunity for voters requiring accessible devices to be volunteer test voters during the examination. They will get to cast a test ballot and will be requested to provide feedback on their experience. Individuals need to schedule times for being part of this effort. The voting system analyst will work with individuals to schedule appointments based on individual preference and availability. It will not take more than an hour of time at the examination location. It will be of great help to us if you can help us in this regard since our aim is to test with individuals using different accessible devices.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Sindhu Ramachandran
Voting Systems Analyst
Department of State
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
210 North Office Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.525.5743

email: sramachhand@pa.gov

50plus LIFE COVER STORY: Senior Volunteers Close the Generation Gap”

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April is National Volunteer Month. National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

The April 2018 issue of 50plus LIFE includes several articles that hone in on the beneficial aspects and opportunities for volunteering.

Read the COVER STORY: Senior Volunteers Close the Generation Gap.

Here’s a link to a page listing volunteer opportunities: http://50pluslifepa.com/local-stories/volunteering

50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News), an award-winning publication published monthly, provides individuals 50 and over in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys with engaging editorial on a range of relevant topics: entertainment, travel, healthy living, financial matters, profiles, veterans’ issues, community events, and more.

With more than 20 years in publication, 50plus LIFE is available in six county-specific issues: Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. 50plus LIFE and can be found in print, online, and on Facebook.