Aging in Place

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 02, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail in applications by April 13th.
 
John Fisher awarded Karen her five star Paul Harris Pin!
There will be a board meeting next week at 11:00.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings will be on the first and third Thursday at 11:00.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
 
         Jessica Bukowinski, outreach coordinator for Village Santa Cruz was our speaker today. They are a network of Santa Cruz County residents who are working to support aging in place by providing asocial connections, intergenerational interaction and practical assistance.
       
 
 
 
       
         It is a non-profit grassroots organization that is membership based and supported through a dues system. It began in Beacon Hill 15 years ago and now there are now over 60 in California alone. They provide information as well as help with small everyday tasks. There are around 50 members in Santa Cruz There are book clubs, painting clubs and sometimes just go to the movies in addition to educational events. Tech support is even available!
         Phase II is beginning now to take on some member plus members who just need help. Transportation is a big need.  There are scholarships available for people who cannot afford membership. Villages within villages are now being created so that people can support each other where they already live.
         They are recruiting volunteers to help older people with small tasks. They are supported by the Volunteer Center and Community Foundation and PAMF.
         For more information see their website at info@villagesantacruz.org or call at 831-824-2404.