Noting the aging population and a growing body of evidence revealing that older adults are disproportionately impacted during disasters, AARP released a Disaster Resilience Tool Kit. Continue reading
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Boston AgeStrong Commission Releases ‘Bus Buddy Chronicles’ Video Series Focused on Helping Connect Older Adults and Public Transit
Boston’s AgeStrong Commission, which is leading the way on the city’s age- and dementia friendly efforts, released a video series called “Bus Buddy Chronicles,” which highlights the department’s AmeriCorps Bus Buddy Volunteer Program. The initiative pairs trained volunteers with older adults to help navigate the MBTA system. Continue reading
The ‘Experience Matters’ Program Highlights the Value of Older Adult Volunteers
Cities of Service launched the Experience Matters program in 2019 in partnership with AARP where five participating cities engaged residents aged 50+ to tackle public problems. Each city received $30,000 and technical assistance from Cities of Service. Full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members served in each city hall to build capacity and raise awareness for the initiatives.
Cities of Service compiled a report that outlines the activities and impact of the Experience Matters program and shares lessons that can inform future work with older volunteers. These include: Continue reading
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll Reviews Five Years of Progress with ‘Salem for All Ages”
In a recent editorial in the Salem News, Mayor Kim Driscoll marked the five year anniversary of Salem’s age-friendly action plan as well as the creation of the “Salem for All Ages” initiative. Mayor Driscoll proudly marked off a list of notable accomplishments that serve as examples to other age-and dementia friendly efforts. Continue reading
Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Mass Service Alliance, Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
Massachusetts Service Alliance – Due Date: Feb. 5th
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) announces the release of a second Request for Proposals for COVID-19 relief efforts. MSA seeks to award grants of up to $4,000 to support volunteer community service projects and volunteer capacity-building initiatives needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
AARP Massachusetts Bestows ‘Andrus Award for Community Service’ to Age-Friendly New Bedford Volunteer
George Smith has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2020 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Continue reading
Community Care Corps 23 Grant Awards Include Berkshire-based organization
Community Care Corps is announcing the grantees of a new and unprecedented program to help older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. This momentous leap forward will help countless people and will have a lasting impact not just on the families and individuals served, but also on those who serve their community as volunteers. Continue reading
AARP Accepting Nominations for the Andrus Award for Community Service
AARP Massachusetts is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals age 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Continue reading
‘Good Neighbors’ Service in Greater Boston Matches Older Adults and Volunteers
Nesterly, an intergenerational homesharing platform, in partnership with the City of Boston, created a new, free service called Good Neighbors. Good Neighbors supports older adults who must stay home as a result of COVID-19 by matching them with volunteers to fulfill no-contact deliveries and friendly check-ins (calls/letter writing).
This service is available in Greater Boston, which Nesterly and the Good Neighbors initiative have defined as within 20 miles of the city. Also available are longstanding organizations like FriendshipWorks and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, which also connect older adults and volunteers.
Greater Boston Orgs Collaborate on Platform to Connect Volunteers with Nonprofits
A new volunteering platform is launching in Greater Boston to provide another avenue for prospective volunteers to connect with organizations that need their help.
Connect for Good is free to both volunteers and nonprofits and is designed to provide users with a variety of intuitive entry points to discover nonprofit organizations that match the causes and types of activities they want to pursue. Continue reading