Midtown Community Connector Network enjoyed the sound stylings of Frank Sinatra (aka Perrish D’Andrea) with one another. Community Connector Nikki Trasvina hosted with food, holiday spirit and lovely picture collages of neighbors. Take a look below![Not a valid template]
The Annual Good Neighborhood Event brought together an even bigger group of leaders on Saturday, June 8 as we gather at the ARC. Each year, staff and participants in each of the CLC programs picks a community member who has gone above and beyond to help their neighbors and provide leadership to the community. We are pleased to present this year’s list of honorees. They include:
- Mary Crenshaw, Bayview
- Deb Padilla, Cayuga Community Connectors
- Esselene Stancil, Computers & Access
Marlene Olivencia , Inner Sunset Community Connectors
- Reiko Hatakayama, Merced Extension Triangle Community Connectors
- Evernease Cook, Midtown Terrace Community Connectors
- Guido Van Rijn, Miraloma Community Connectors
- Leroy Lindo, OMI Food Network
- Judy Goddess, Community Catalyst
- Rose Sharkey, St. Francis Square Network
- Alice Guidry, Sunnyside Community Connectors
- Michael S. Silver, Vision & Hearing Program
- Robin Evans, SF ReServe / Senior Beat
See these and other “good neighbors” in the photo album below.[Not a valid template]
September 23 was Dignity Day and the community of supporters and elected leaders gathered to show their support for Proposition I – The Dignity Fund. Mayor Lee and members of the Board of Supervisors spoke of the importance of supporting seniors and adult with disabilities. Community leaders shared their stories about how Prop I will make a difference. And around the city, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers distributed information about this November 8 ballot measure to meal sites. Hundreds of seniors, adults with disabilities and their supporters showed their enthusiastic support by pledging to help get the word out with house signs, phone banking and outreach engagements. You can learn more about how you can help here. Enjoy the pictures and remember to vote Yes on Prop I!
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On Saturday, CLC hosted our first even Good Neighbor Block Party to thank the many neighbors and community-members who are creating the connections seniors and people with disabilities need to age and thrive in their own neighborhoods.
The event thanked neighbors connected to CLC programs across San Francisco, and also honored seven neighborhood volunteers whose efforts who go way beyond what is expected and are role models for what it means to be a good neighbor. The honorees included:
Vernice Ross, Bayview Food Network –
Mel Noguerra, Cayuga Community Connectors –
Jim Stevens, Computer Training & Access –
Donna Wilmott, Connections for Healthy Aging –
Paul Hendrickson, Laguna Honda Computer Club –
Ned Reese, OMI/Parkmerced Food Network –
Jimmye Bynum, St. Francis Square –
We are so grateful for all of their contributions to cultivating connections their communities Stay tuned for more stories about some of the amazing contributions these volunteers have made in their neighborhoods.
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Please join us in thanking Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar for their leadership in shepherding strong Dignity Fund legislation to introduction May 24 at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. They were joined at a press conference earlier in the day by Supervisor Campos and leaders of the Dignity Fund Coalition. Supervisors Yee and Avalos have also pledged their support as we move the legislation forward for a hearing at the Rules Committee later in June. The Dignity Fund will be a measure on the November 8th San Francisco ballot and will assure improved long term funding for senior and disability services and supports in San Francisco.
Funding levels for many services for seniors and adults with disabilities have not kept pace with population growth. Right now, people 60 and over represent 20% of San Francisco’s population. Taken together with the number of adults with disabilties, that number is 25% and expected to grow to 30% by 2030. Many seniors and adults with disabilities are living on fixed incomes as the cost of living here continues to rise.
How can you help? Log onto the website www.sfdignityfund.org to learn more and to sign-up for regular email updates (and even make a donation to help with the campaign!) Over the com
ing month, we will be seeking additional organizational endorsements and expanding our outreach efforts. We need your help there as well.
The Dignity Fund Coalition is a broad coalition of San Francisco not-for-profit and community organizations and advocates that has come together to address the growing need for services for seniors, adults with disabilities, veterans, and those living with chronic illnesses, to ensure that San Francisco becomes a more aging and disability friendly place. It promotes independence through services and support that allow people to live at home while remaining connected to their communities.
Watch out for our June CLC Newsletter arriving early next week with more details about the legislation and the campaign ahead.
Thanks to the generosity of Glide’s Food Program and scores of caring volunteers, 1000 turkeys were delivered to those who could use this holiday blessing. Over 35 organizations came together to help each other deliver turkeys and “fixings” along with information and other special gifts. See more pictures from the OMI, Parkmerced and Bayview Delivery Team. Special thanks go to Deb Glen and the IT Bookman Community Center in the OMI, Karen Holt and her team for Parkmerced and Stonestown, and Chester Williams and Veronica Shepard with site support from the Bayview YMCA for the Bayview Community.
You can help throughout the year – we are especially seeking drivers who can help with door to door grocery delivery a few hours each month by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanks to Tree Ring Productions, we have a cool new video that is a preview of things to come – if we can all help raise the money.
This is our first try at being part of a crowd funding project, which is a great way to use the internet to get many people to join together and empower grassroots groups and others to innovate and to grow. If we each contribute $25 (or more!), it can add up to something really big.
Join with us in supporting The Tree Ring Film Fund’s indiegogo campaign, which will provide professional videos to the Community Living Campaign and nine other small but mighty non-profits so that we can all share our stories, extend our reach, and make our communities better places to live. We are honored to be part of this amazing group of changemakers.
For the past two years, the SCAN Foundation provided funding to several California senior-serving organizations to explore ways to move participants and volunteers into action. They also funded the California Association for Retired Americans (CARA), in partnership with the Community Living Campaign, to provide training and on-going technical assistance. The Agents for Change interviewed in the attached video, produced by New America Media, paint a rich tapestry of the values, experience and commitment at the heart of this initiative.
Interested in being an Agent for Change, too? Sign up for the CARA Leadership Academy. The next session will be held in San Francisco February 27 and 28th. For more information, visit http://www.californiaalliance.org or download a 2013 CLC leadership academy flyer .
When the Community Living Campaign first began, we looked for ways to talk with people in neighborhoods across the City. To start, we needed places that were free (because we were just starting out), physically accessible, and inviting. So where did we begin? In the City’s lovely community gardens. CLC Special Projects Coordinator Judy Auda helped keep the effort going as we shared food, hospitality and ways to build community from the “grassroots”. Some were big, some were small, but all reminded us how nice it is share time with one another – no agendas, no required outcomes, just be. We invite you to check out these early events and the beautiful gardens that bloom as our own neighborhood backyards at www.seedsofhope-sf.blogspot.com .