Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Greene County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years. Older adults who contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others are an asset to our community. Looking for ways to contribute to your community? Here are some ideas:
• VOLUNTEER: Create the Good helps older adults find volunteer opportunities that match their particular talents and interests. Visit createthegood.org, or contact Generations at 1-800-742-9002 for local volunteer opportunities.
• WORK: AARP provides support for older adults who wish to enter the workforce or change careers. Visit aarp.org/work.
• TRAIN FOR EMPLOYMENT: The U.S. Department of Labor provides a community service employment program for older adults who seek work-based job training. Visit
• CREATE OR EXPAND A PROGRAM: ACL posts grant opportunities to support and expand emerging programs that serve older adults across the nation. Visit acl.gov/grants.
PROTECT OUR NATIONAL RESOURCES: Volunteer.gov is an online portal that seeks support for our nation’s natural and cultural resources by connecting volunteers to projects that match their interests. Visit volunteer.gov.
• TEACH CHILDREN TO READ: Experience Corps is a program that screens, trains, and
connects people over 50 with children who need help learning to read. Visit aarp.org/experience-corps. You may also contact Generations for local opportunities at 1-800-742-9002.
• GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY: Senior Corps volunteers commit their time to address critical community needs, including tutoring and mentoring, disaster relief support, and more. If interested in local opportunities, please call Generations at 1-800-742-9002
• FIGHT HUNGER: Feeding America can put you in touch with the local food banks and meal programs in your area, so you can join in the fight against hunger. Visit feedingamerica.org.
• BE HEARD: ACL regularly seeks input from older adults, caregivers, researchers, and practitioners on topics that are important to the aging network. Visit acl.gov/about-acl/public-input.
FABRIC DONATIONS NEEDED
Generations’ RSVP (Retired Senior & Volunteer Program) volunteers are at it again! The Happy Hoopers will be making wheelchair and walker caddies for homebound individuals served by Generations. They are in need of durable, quality fabric donations that will hold up to use. If you can help, please drop off your fabric donations at the William T. Murphy Wellness Center, 531 W. Glenburn Rd., Linton, IN.
Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.