Welcome, Dear New Year

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.”
– Hal Borland

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”
– Rainer Maria Wilke

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”
– Charles Schultz

Many happy wishes for a peaceful, kind and wonderful new year,
from all of us at The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond

End Of Year Giving

As we move from the current year into the next, please remember The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond in your end-of-year giving. Our financial needs rely on voluntary donations – they allow the programs and services of TSCOR to continue serving older adults in RVA.

You can donate online here. Or, if you wish, checks can be made payable to The Shepherd’s Center and mailed to: TSCOR, 3111 Northside Ave., #400, Richmond, VA 23228.

Another way to donate – and save money – is by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are required to take an annual required minimum distribution (RMD) from your traditional IRA, you can save money and lower your tax bill by donating money directly from your IRA to a 501(c)(3) organization such as TSCOR. This will give you a number of benefits:
– You can credit the donation amount toward your RMD.
– You will get a tax benefit from your donation without having to itemize deductions on your tax return.
– You won’t have to include the amount of the RMD in your taxable income. This will keep from increasing your adjusted gross income (AGI), possibly resulting in additional benefits to you.
– You can donate all, part, or more than your RMD, up to a maximum of $100,000 a year.
The distribution from your IRA to the charity must be made directly from your IRA account to the charity and you must be at least 70½ years old when the distribution is made. If you’ve already made your RMD for 2021, keep this great tax break in mind for the coming year. For more information, consult your financial advisor or search online for “Qualified Charitable Distribution.”

Thank you for your donation. It makes a difference!

The Open University Winter Schedule is Here!

For some of you, the Open University schedule is the present you’ve been waiting for all season long. But the best part? Open University is IN PERSON on Mondays and Wednesdays! We’ll have virtual classes and speakers via Zoom, too, so be sure to take a look and see what’s happening in the winter session. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 17.

See the schedule here.

Register online here.

Please note that receiving two doses of a vaccine and a booster shot are required to attend in person. Masking and social distancing will also be observed. Let’s stay safe out there, everyone!

In person events are subject to change depending on pandemic status. Changes are announced via email, available on TSCOR’s voicemail recording and posted to our website.

Is That the Sound of Sleigh Bells?

Nope. That’s the sound of millions of people shopping Black Friday online. Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

Now that you’ve given thanks and enjoyed a fine meal with loved ones, (my, how time flies when you’re trying to savor the moment), some of you may be turning your attention to finding the perfect gifts.

Just a friendly reminder while you’re doing that: AmazonSmile enables you to donate 0.5% of your purchase to TSCOR every time you shop Amazon, at no cost to you. It’s easy to do. On your first visit to AmazonSmile select The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations and they’ll remember your choice every time you shop.

So if you find yourself online this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please keep TSCOR in mind and make those sleigh bells ring!

TSCOR’s Table

If The Shepherd’s Center Of Richmond had a table big enough to gather all of its volunteers, students, members, donors, board members, committee members and staff together for Thanksgiving, well, that would be a pretty big table. But the moment before the meal, when we take time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, that would be very brief. Because, quite simply, we are thankful for YOU.

May the spirit of Thanksgiving bring you love, laughter and a warm heart.

Before You Pass the Bird, Pass the Word

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and…network? No, of course not! But while you’re gathering with friends and family, if you hear of someone looking for a fresh start with a great local nonprofit, be sure and tell them TSCOR is hiring!

We’re searching for a part-time Finance Manager/Bookkeeper with an enthusiasm for promoting positive aging in RVA. You can refer interested parties to the TSCOR website to view the full job posting or have them drop the staff an email.

Now then, about that turkey…

Change in Lunch Speaker for Thursday, Oct. 14

Ellis West, political science professor, emeritus, UR, will present The (Not So Surprising) Failure of the Redistricting Commission in place of the previously scheduled Coming to America. This change is due to the unexpected passing of our speaker, Patricia Naggiar. Ms. Naggiar died suddenly last week at the age of 95. We extend our condolences to her family.

Get Ready! Open University Starts Monday

Everyone is eager for the start of the fall Open University session this coming Monday. A couple things to note so you’re all ready:

One, there’s been a change to the Monday, Sept. 20 Lunch Speaker. In lieu of the previously scheduled, “Virginia Voice: Eyes for Those Who Can’t See,” Dr. Karen Sherry, curator at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, will present, “Moral, Maternal, Mannish, & Monstrous: Suffragist Images, 1900-1920.”

And two, Zoom links for all classes and speakers will arrive to your email Sunday evening. Remember to check your spam and junk folders if you don’t see them in your inbox!

Now you’re all set! Keep your mind as sharp as your pencils; learn something new at the OU!

Smile! The Open University Schedule is HERE!

Time to turn those pandemic frowns upside down! It took us a little longer than we would’ve liked – thanks to a few unexpected COVID precautions – but the fall 2021 OU schedule is here!!!

A few things to know: Classes are entirely online for the fall 2021 session. No in-person classes will be held. The fall tuition deal is available this year. Hard copies of the schedule will arrive in mailboxes next week.

And don’t forget this! TSCOR members get FREE access to ALL of the lunch speakers. Even if you aren’t taking classes this session, make OU a part of your lunch hour.

So get out your calendar, peruse the schedule, and work on that smile! (If you have a frowny friend, share the schedule with them! We’re one big Zooming family around here.)

See the fall schedule here.

Register online here.

Are you smiling ear to ear yet?