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Join the Elders in Action Commission

Help Give A Voice To Older Adults

in Multnomah County

Join the Elders in Action Commission

Do you:
  • Live in Multnomah County?
  • Have a passion for positive change for older adults?
  • Want to enhance the equity of programs and resources available to older adults in the County?
  • Enjoy meeting people and advocating for policies and programs on a City, County and State level?
Elders in Action welcomes volunteers of all ages from all ethnic, racial, gender, and cultural communities.
Elders in Action Commissioners Make A Difference!
The team meets once a month as a full commission. Members also participate in subcommittees and partners organizations.
Contact us today at 503-235-5474or email here
 
Check out Elders in Action’s other volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community
 “Everybody can be great… 
because anybody can serve.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Help celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Elders in Action and  Friends of Treesto plant native trees and shrubs in the King City Community Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. No experience is necessary!
MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016 8:45 AM-1:00 PM
LOCATION: 15300 SW 116th Avenue
King City, OR 97224 – 2693
Friends of Trees and Clean Water Services are continuing their efforts to enhance wetland vegetation in King City Park, which is adjacent to the Tualatin River.
To register call Mark at 503-595-7533 or click here to email.
Only 10 spots remain, call today!
If this project doesn’t work for you?  Don’t give up!
For the ninth year in a row, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Hands On Greater Portland are teaming up on MLK Day to make it easy for you to take action across Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties and make a difference through volunteer service. Click here to find many other projects in your neighborhood.

Your financial support does make a difference!

Greetings from Steven R. Clark, Elders in Actions Board President:stevenclark

All of us need help in our lives at one time or another. As we age, we may lose our support structure that allows us to remain independent – family may live in another state, we may out live our friends, and we live on a fixed income. Your financial support of Elders in Action ensures there is always someone to turn to for help, as Ginny did.

Ginny, who is 81 years old, called Elders in Action recently to ask for help sorting out her medical bills. She had set up a payment plan with her provider, but was uncertain about what it was for. When Elders in Action Personal Advocate, Mary S., arrived at Ginny’s home to assist her, she discovered there were issues of more pressing concern.

Ginny’s checking account was overdrawn. She had some confusion about how her bills were paid –some were auto withdrawal from her bank, some by credit card, others by check, making it all hard to track. Ginny was chronically late paying her bills and was spending her limited income on subscriptions and donations she couldn’t afford.

With Mary’s assistance and encouragement, Ginny was able to qualify for a payment assistance program for her medical bills and resolve her late payments and overdraft fees. Together, they were able to find $2,400 in yearly savings by reviewing Ginny’s budget and cancelling unaffordable donations and subscriptions. This savings will allow Ginny to retain her independence and feel secure in her housing.

Our volunteers like to call a situation like Ginny’s “peeling the onion”. Through careful listening and attention, Personal Advocates may find and assist with a deeper problem than initially presented to help the older adult back onto the road of well-being and security.

Each of the last three years we have seen a yearly increase of 20% in requests for support from our personal advocate program –approximately 500 more seniors are calling us each year. Last year your support enabled us to add a part-time position. That was a start but we want to do more. Your support will help us to move closer to our goal of making this position full time.

In addition, your support will allow us to develop strategies to serve older adults from diverse communities more effectively and will ensure we can continue our advocacy for an age friendly community. It is my privilege to lead an organization that exists to advocate for and help older adults. We all need help at various points in our lives and because of you; older adults like Ginny, will always have Elders in Action to reach out to.

Today I ask that you please give generously. Please join me and the Board members of Elders in Action, with a donation to help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 during our year-end campaign.  Your financial support does make a difference!

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P.S. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to Save the Date! The date of our Annual Gala is April 22, 2016. Join us to hear in person about the impact your donation makes in the lives of older adults. I hope to see you there!

On #GivingTuesday we want to say Thank You!

On #GivingTuesday we want

to say Thank You!

Did you know one of the secrets to aging well is
volunteerism and connecting with others?
 Your support enables us to provide older adults opportunities to
 be involved and make a difference. 
 
We hope you will enjoy the photo essay 
below of Elders in Action – in action.  
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.   Winston Churchill

December 1, 2015

Elders in Action  | 1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 290 Portland, OR 97205 | 503-235-5474

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

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You can help Elders in Action donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.

Here’s how the program works:

  • You can search for Elders in Action by our name or by our non-profit number  Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Elders in Action earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit  www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer may be ending but the Action has not

Catch the Orange Line with 
Elders in Action
Date: September  12
Time:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lincoln Station
229 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR
It’s a historic day with a party to match!
On September 12, 2015, we’re coming together as communities, neighbors, families and riders to celebrate the opening of the MAX Orange Line. There’ll be fun events and activities happening along the new line, and rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day.  Come to Elders in Action’s booth at Lincoln Station where you’ll see:
9:10 a.m.   First train arrives Lincoln Station
11:00 a.m. Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet
1:30 p.m. The SlimJims: party to five decades of American Roots Music
3:30 p.m. Portland Pride Marching Band
4:00 p.m. The American Music Project Pacific Jazz Crest Orchestra: award winning 18-piece student jazz band under the direction of Thara Memory

Housing Advocacy with 

East County Action Plan
DATE:  Saturday, August 29, 2015
TIME: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave.
Every day we get calls from older adults who are losing their housing to rising rents, gentrification and people moving to Portland to enjoy it’s quality of life. Some of these trends are positive while others are having profound negative impacts on our local older adults and other minority communities. Join advocates this Saturday to learn about how we can work to ensure our community grows in a positive way without displacing our current residents and communities.
Free Lunch and Childcare provided
For questions, email Lore Wintergreen or call 503.823.4035 .  For a copy of the agenda click here.
Sponsored by:  East Portland Neighborhood Office

2015 Aging Well Conference
DATE: October 3, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
PLACE: OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building 2730 S.W. Moody
Refreshments provided

Topics include:

  • Brain Health and Volunteering
  • Housing and Aging in Place
  • Active Living and Movement
  • Finding Resources For Yourself or a Loved One
  • Nutrition and Cooking on a Budget
Registration will open in September. For questions, email oraarp@aarp.org
Sponsored by: AARP-OR, Multnomah County, Portland State, OHSU, Natonal Hardford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Elders in Action.

WHAT ARE OLD PEOPLE FOR?
Building a community for all ages!
DATE:  October 16, 2015
TIME: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Avenue ? Portland
Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland initiative and how you can be a part of this  community engagement effort!
The event will feature Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS ” The Early Show,” NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s regular webcast’, “Mom’s Get Real”, Her column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”  She will be discussing a national perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration will begins in September.  For questions, email info@eldersinaction.org
Sponsored by:  AARP-OR, Elders in Action, and PSU Institute on Aging.

EiA Commission – How’d we do in Salem this year?

 

The Legislative Session ended in June and the Elders in Action Commission was pleased with the results. While not all the bills the Commission advocated for passed, many did very well:

 

CARE Act (HB 3378)    Proponent:   AARP

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act will provide a patient admitted to the hospital an opportunity to name a family caregiver who is recorded in the medical record; alert the family caregiver prior to the patient being discharged; and provide the family caregivers a live demonstration on how to perform post-discharge care.

Senior Property Tax Deferral   

Proponents:  Multnomah County

Modifies the eligibility requirements to better reflect the goals of the program.

Earned Sick Leave  (HB 454)       
Proponent: Family Forward Oregon, Multnomah County

Requires employers to let employees earn sick days to recover from illness and take care of sick kids without losing critical income or their jobs.
Ban the Box  (HB 3025)  

 Proponents: Urban League of Portland, Oregon Action and AFL-CIO
Would eliminate job and housing discrimination against people with arrest and conviction histories by “banning the box”, or prohibiting the placement of box on job and housing applications that requires applicants to mark “yes” if they have ever been arrested or convicted.

 End Profiling   (HB-2002)

Proponent:  Center for Intercultural Organizing

Prohibits law enforcement agencies and officers from profiling based on specified personal characteristics or circumstances of individuals, except when tied to a specific suspect description or credible information related to criminal incidents or activity.

Inclusionary Zoning  (HB 2564)   
Proponent:  Coalition by OPAL

This bill would have repealed the existing ban on inclusionary zoning in Oregon. Inclusionary zoning or inclusionary housing, as it is also known, is a land use practice that requires affordable housing units to be built along with market rate housing, typically in new developments.

Raise Minimum Wage 
(HB 2009/SB 610) 
Proponents:   15 NOW Oregon
Would raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15.00/hour for most workers by January 2016. Businesses with less than 10 employees would be eligible for a two year phase-in process where the minimum wage would rise to $12.50 per hour in 2016 and to $15 per hour in 2017.
Other Good News…. The Legislature approved $60 million for housing programs, $40 million; will go to support housing for low income families and $20 million will create housing for people with mental illness. Another $2.5 million in lottery backed funds was approved to preserve affordable housing.