During the month of May 2017, ACCA will join others across the nation in celebrating Older Americans Month and the contributions of older adults to our communities. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” gives aging a new voice by showing the changing face of aging today. “More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others,” says the Administration for Community Living. Older Americans Month highlights how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others and how we might follow their examples by amplifying our own voices.
In 2016, we established the ACCA Distinguished Older Athenian Award. This annual award recognizes an outstanding Athenian who is:
• 60 or older, and
• has rendered service on a community, state or federal level, and
• is recognized as a role model for positive aging, or
• has made a significant contribution to our community through professional, charitable or volunteer efforts.
Click below to access the nomination form:
ACCA Distinguished Older Athenian Award (003)
Check out this article from The Washington Post: Meals on Wheels is ‘is not showing results’ only if you ignore all these results
In addition to proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels, two other of ACCA’s programs are at risk. Trump’s Blueprint Budget includes the elimination of funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) including ACCA’s Senior Corp program. This includes the Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion and RSVP programs. The AmeriCorp program is also eliminated in this budget. Over the last four years, UGA’s Office of Service Learning has placed a full-time AmeriCorp volunteer at ACCA to work on senior hunger initiatives.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is also at risk of elimination. The SCSEP program helps low-income, unemployed individual’s aged 55+ find work. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time jobs for community service organizations. Participants build skills and self-confidence, while earning a modest income. For most, their SCSEP experience leads to permanent employment.
In total, this budget proposes more than $800K funding cut for ACCA, impacting more than 700 local older adults.
We invite you to see our results. ACCA’s services change lives and improve your community! Come spend time with us, come for a visit or spend a few hours riding along on a Meals on Wheels route. Give us a call! Send an email! We’d love to talk with you!
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Athens Community Council on Aging is seeking a Volunteer Garden Manager
Volunteer Garden Manager Position Description Purpose: The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) Garden is maintained by volunteers with the Master Gardener program, UGA Horticultural students, and community volunteers. The Volunteer Garden Manager (VGM) acts as the liaison between volunteer gardeners and ACCA staff. The VGM will help support the garden to grow vibrant produce for our seniors and community. The VGM will be responsible for planning the gardens, including what crops will be planted and when. This is done in coordination with UGArden and UGA Extension Office, and with input from the Senior Center program clients. The VGM will decide what to plant based on their expertise, and historical info on what has grown well in the garden. The VGM will provide produce donations to staff, maintain education opportunities for new gardeners, and encourage community involvement. They will play a critical role in fostering a sense of community in the garden and helping students and volunteers incorporate gardening into their skillset while reducing hunger among seniors.
Recruitment/term: The Volunteer Garden Manager would have a strong background in gardening and/or have completed training as a Master Gardener. The VGM is encouraged to commit to one full garden season and each fall will have the option of continuing onto the following year or assisting in recruiting a replacement.
Time Commitment: Approximately 3-6 hours a week. 13-25 hours/month
Roles and Responsibilities Policies and Procedures:
- Orient new gardeners to the site
- Communicate any schedule changes with garden volunteers
- Supervise beginning Horticultural students (1-7 students) in monthly Garden Work Days
- Determine what supplies & equipment are needed & submit order request to staff (tools, mulch, etc)
- Notify program staff of critical maintenance needs (e.g., broken lock, leaky faucet, etc.)
- Ensure garden volunteers are accurately recording their hours on necessary logs
- Correspond with garden volunteers and ACCA staff to notify any updates, workdays, or activities
- Maintain effective communication and organization with UGArden and UGA’s Extension Office for needed resources
- Work with ACCA staff, students, and volunteers to ensure policies are upheld at the garden
- Be knowledgeable of Athens Community Council on Aging’s efforts to reduce senior hunger and promote best practices at garden:
- Encourage direct communication and problem-solving among garden volunteers and refer conflict situations to program office for resolution when needed
If interested or have questions, please contact Sarah Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-549-4850
Location: ACCA’s Center for Active Living, CAL Plus+ Program, 135 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601
Program Description: The CAL Plus+ Program offers an exciting range of social, recreational, and health-related classes and activities for members age 60+ that inspire health, lifelong learning, and an active, independent lifestyle. Arts and Crafts is one of our most popular classes at the Center.
Responsibilities: We are looking for an instructor to lead the Arts and Crafts program every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. He/she will be responsible for planning and overseeing projects, purchasing supplies (to be reimbursed), and dreaming up ideas that encourage creative expression, learning new things, and improved mental and manual dexterity.
Requirements: We ask for a minimum commitment of 3-6 months. The ideal candidate is able to work independently and with a variety of mediums to create fun, diverse projects that are suited for beginners and intermediate crafters. Volunteers with a background in art and/or crafting and experience working with larger groups is preferred but not required.
Time Commitment: Thursdays from 10.30-11.30am
Training Required: No formal training required.
Contact Information: Allyn Rippin, Center for Active Living Director at 706-549-4850