Elders in Action is proud to be one of sponsors for an evening with Marc Freedman, founder of Encore.org, as the kickoff event for introducing a new nonprofit, SAGE (Senior Advocates for Generational Equity), to the Oregon community.
Do you feel you have been successful in your personal goals? Responses:
- “My biggest goal is to keep moving in a productive way–hopefully leave this earth an ounce better.”
- “Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways with the added advantage of being able to observe the impact of their contribution.”
- “I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more on the city, county and state level about how this organization can effect change.”
- “My goals were to feel a sense of accomplishment, keep active and build relationships”
Did you get adequate support to perform your volunteer duties? Responses:
- Wonderful support! The experience of the staff at EIA has been a valuable source for information and encouragement.
- The EIA personnel are open to questions which aid volunteers in performing their tasks.
- This team is always accessible and lives by example. The staff is accessible, responsive and their training is thorough but not excessive.
- Being a PA is a continual learning experience, and my ignorance can be quite daunting at times. But I have found the EIA staff to be very understanding of that ignorance and very helpful in dispelling it.
How would you rate your overall volunteer experience? Responses:
- Enjoy the educational meetings, problem solving and meeting new people. The EIA staff is so helpful and easy to work with.
- A smooth running operation is what will keep me volunteering.
- I enjoy the variety of volunteer experiences which keep the program interesting.
- It has involved a wide variety of cases and opportunities. My volunteer work with elders dovetails surprisingly well with my interests in education and cross-cultural effectiveness.
Do you feel like you are making a difference in the communities that you serve? Responses:
- Sometimes isolated seniors just need someone to listen.
- It is difficult to quantify, but as we do help our clients solve their problems, we are improving their lives.
- You never know what will transpire from an effort. Sometimes things move quickly and as you hoped. Sometimes things need to percolate a bit and the payoff may be in the future.
A great opportunity is coming up on April 2 to meet Marci Alboher the writer of The Encore Career Handbook that is a comprehensive guide on how find work to fill your needs for purpose, passion & paycheck. The event is at the First Unitarian Church on April 2 from 4-7pm. Register here.