With your support, we are strong
and making a difference!
|We have the privilege of being part of an organization that is making a profound and positive impact on the lives of older adults. Here is just one person whose life was touched by the work we do.
Rachel, 75, had been given a 30-day notice of a rent increase she could not afford. She was in a crisis situation but not alone, she called Elders in Action. Together, she and our Personal Advocate, composed a letter to the management that explained her situation.
The wonderful outcome of this partnership is that the management of her existing apartment building agreed to extend her lease until she was accepted at a more affordable building. Rachel, assisted by her personal advocate, can now avoid the unexpected increase in living expenses and an uncertain future living situation.
Older adults can sometimes be overpowered, overlooked and silenced. Elders in Action volunteers amplify the voice of those in need and ensure they are visible in a society that is often moving too fast to pay attention. When you support Elders in Action, you are making the concerns and hopes of older adults visible. With your help, Elders in Action is paying attention.
Please make a meaningful contribution towards our end-of-year goal of $10,000, to enable Elders in Action to keep paying attention to those who need it most.
Elders in Action’s Encore Action Teams Making A Difference
One of Elders in Action’s partners, the Portland Memory Garden, had a critical project to build an information kiosk in their special garden that is designed to meet the special needs of those with memory disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and to provide respite for their caregivers. EiA contacted one of our corporate volunteer partners, Tokyo Electron Ltd., and before you know the kiosk was in place. Read about this powerful project below.
Elders in Action’s Encore Action Teams utilize a service learning approach which creates meaningful and rewarding hands-on service experiences for volunteers. Our Encore Action Teams provide service activities that are completed in a day or in a series which last a few weeks. Participants achieve a greater knowledge of issues affecting older adults and the projects make a real difference in people’s lives. If interested in becoming involved in a Encore Action team give us a call at 503-235-5474.
Get Ready for the 2015 State Legislative Session!
Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel
Monday, December 15, 2014
6:00 to 8: 00 p.m.
Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland
This “Advocacy 101” event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2015 state legislative session and 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.
- Sen. Michael Dembrow (HD 23)
- Rep. Jennifer Williamson (HD 36)
- Grace Neal, Field Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
- Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49
Information you will gain from the panel:
- How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
- Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
- Lobbying do’s and don’ts
For more information or to address accessibility needs:
The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Tuesday, December 9 if you need assistance.
PHONE: (503) 823-3093
TTY: (503) 823-6868
Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900
The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow and Green MAX lines. www.trimet.org
Questions about specific legislative items? How to reach the Mayor and City Commissioners
If you have questions about specific legislative issues please contact City Council offices using this link, which has contact information for City Council offices (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on right side of page): http://www.portlandoregon.gov
City of Portland, Office of Mayor Hales, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Government Relations