I recently found out about an initiative called Coming of Age. Its programs are popping up around the country. It is based on the belief that people 50+ and their talents, skills and passions are a valuable resource, which is largely untapped. The nonprofit offers people 50+ a number of online resources (www.comingofage.org) to aid them in determining what they want to do next, as well as resources to help them give back to the community. This program definitely promotes positive aging.
Headquartered at the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Coming of Age also has the goal of strengthening communities and nonprofit organizations by helping to "transform people 50+ into a force for social good." To this end, they offer volunteer leadership training. Another training workshop, which I found very interesting, is "Cutting Edge Strategies for Senior Centers."
Partners In Care is hosting a meeting on Oct. 11 to introduce the national Coming of Age program to this area. Coming of Age Director Dick Goldberg will explain the initiative. Partners In Care is establishing a local site for this initiative and will be "part of a formal curriculum, which demonstrates the valuable contributions and potential of people over 50." Partners In Care, a community nonprofit based in Anne Arundel County, has been utilizing the skills and talents of older adults for 20 years, as volunteers who provide ride and home repair services to help older adults to remain independent in their own homes.
Business and community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies interested in learning how to harness the energy and expertise of the 50+ population should find this meeting valuable. To participate, call Anne Myers, 410-544-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested in finding out about bringing Coming of Age to your community or organization, email email@example.com or call 215-204-8585.
A free service, NotifyMeHoward notifies you about upcoming senior programs or other county news items. The information can be sent directly to your email inbox, and/or Blackberry, cell and Smart phones, pager and voice phone number. You decide what information is of value to you. Register at http://www.NotifyMeHoward.org to select the alerts you want to receive. I signed up and quickly received a welcome email.
Some of your choices/connections are the Howard County Library, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging. When you sign up for NotifyMeHoward, you are automatically enrolled to receive emergency notifications from the National Weather Service, the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, the Howard County Police Department and the Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
Coups for Troops
The American Rosie the Riveter Association chapter, which I belong to, has started collecting Coups for Troops. Members are bringing their clipped coupons to meetings and one member is taking them to a nearby American Legion Post for mailing. U.S. military families stationed overseas can use manufacturer coupons up to six months after expiration.
If you would like to donate directly to a military family overseas, email firstname.lastname@example.org, with donate in the subject line. I checked the website, http://www.coupsfortroops.com, but didn't see any drop off sites in the Howard County area. You could check with your nearest American Legion Post to see if they are participating in Coups for Troops or use the email above to ask if there are local drop off points in Howard County or maybe you can encourage your local senior center to look into being a drop off point.