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?

If it Matters, it’s Gray!

Hot off the press! Read all about it! Get your latest news here! That’s right, folks, step right up! The 2021 summer edition of TSCOR’s newsletter, Gray Matters, is out now on virtual stands and arriving soon to a mailbox near you. So fix yourself a tall, cool glass of ice tea – don’t forget the lemon, find a quiet spot and get all caught up with everything TSCOR. Because if it matters, it’s Gray Matters! And that’s not a gray area. Read Gray Matters here.

Spread the Word – TSCOR’s Hiring!

They say the best form of advertising is through word-of-mouth. That means YOU are the best resource TSCOR has to spread the word that we’re hiring. The search is on to fill the position of Office Manager. If you know of anyone looking for a new job – or maybe you know of someone that would be a good fit – please share this news with them. You can see the full job description here. Interested applicants are asked to email a cover letter and resume to Julie Adams-Buchanan at jadams@tscor.org.
“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” Be an advocate for TSCOR by helping to find the person with the passion for the position!

TSCOR Office Manager Announces Retirement

With time comes change and The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has a change to announce. Paula Grimes, office manager for TSCOR, has announced her decision to retire.

“It’s time,” Paula says. “I feel I’ve achieved what I set out to contribute to the organization and I’m ready to try my hand at retirement.”

TSCOR has benefitted greatly from Paula’s many contributions and we thank her for the dedication and diligence she has shown in her work.

Paula would like all of you to know that she truly enjoyed working with everyone at TSCOR and wishes the organization continued success in the future.

Congratulations, Paula! We wish you nothing but the best.

TSCOR Goes to Carytown!

Calling all foodies, history buffs and ready-to-see-the-world enthusiasts! TSCOR’s travel committee has once again put together a great reason to head out and discover something new and lovely about RVA. Add Thursday, August 5 at 2:30 to your calendar with TSCOR’s Carytown Food Tour. On this guided tour we’ll learn the beginnings of Carytown and how many of the restaurants got their start; visit a collection of well-known and under-the radar restaurants; sample foods and snacks from unique establishments; discover why Richmond’s oldest theater has a pool of crystal-clear water inside and check out the east coast’s oldest, most important shopping center. You’re already looking around for your fancy sun hat and best walking shoes, aren’t you? Don’t wait to sign up – we’re limited to 15 participants! Register by Tuesday, August 3.

Register and pay online here.

New Membership Year Begins Today!

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is doing well after the last 15 months. Thanks to your support, The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR) survived a difficult year and stayed the course. We regrouped and offered virtual lifelong learning programs, which many of you attended via Zoom. Client services adapted and continued to provide our senior clients with lifestyle assistance. Maintaining these programs and services is our top priority, and we did it together!

TSCOR membership runs from July 1,2021, through June 30, 2022, and is only $25. Becoming a member means you help continue the efforts of this outstanding organization to support the well-being of older adults.

There are several benefits of membership, but the best one is knowing you sustain TSCOR’s mission: keeping older adults active and engaged through volunteer service and lifelong learning. Your support is critical as we emerge into this “brave new normal,” so please renew or begin your membership today.

Annual Membership Is Only $25

Membership benefits:

  • free admission to lunch speakers
  • reduced Open University tuition
  • reduced TSCOR travel rates
  • invitation to the Annual Volunteer Celebration

$25 will:

  • support TSCOR’s lifelong learning programs: Open University and Lunch & Life.
  • support TSCOR’s client services. We provide free rides to medical appointments and grocery stores for seniors in our community.
  • support our mission.

Support TSCOR and become a member here.

Thank you and take good care,

Julie Adams-Buchanan,
Executive Director, TSCOR

And the Volunteer on Sunday….

We’ve reached the end of National Volunteer Week, the end of the posts and the end of the repurposed nursery rhyme. We hope, TSCOR volunteers, that you now know exactly how much you mean to and are valued by not only The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond, but the individual lives you touch and the community at large. Now let’s finish that nursery rhyme, shall we?

Monday’s volunteer is fair of face.
Tuesday’s volunteer is full of grace.
Wednesday’s volunteer is well-disposed.
Thursday’s volunteers have cars that go.
Friday’s volunteer is learning and giving.
Saturday’s volunteer worked hard for their living.
And the volunteer on Sunday is bonny and blithe, happy and nice!

Happy National Volunteer Week, TSCOR volunteers! You make a difference. Thank you.

Saturday’s Volunteer Worked Hard for Their Living

Dr. Elbert Cole, founder of the first Shepherd’s Center, saw that as individuals retired from careers and moved into the next stage of life, they maintained an intense desire to continue growing and contributing to society. He recognized that with a deep sense of compassion to help others, a need to engage in lifelong learning, and a desire to improve the quality of life in their communities, older adults are a force for good. 

Being “a force for good” requires not only altruism and passion – it takes time. Everyone who’s worked hard for a living can tell you, working doesn’t leave a lot of time to spare. For that reason, many of our volunteers come to TSCOR when time allows – generally after retiring and long before they’re ready to take it easy! They don’t get a paycheck. They get a tenfold return on the investment of their time. Just take their word for it:

Beth: “I volunteer because I do like giving back and I’m finally able and in a position to give back after all the years of working.” Susie: “I look for ways to bring joy into my life – at my “advanced” age – and teaching brings me joy.” Hal: “Exploring new avenues of thought, new avenues of experience – that’s helpful for anybody, but seniors, that’s a real fun thing for them to do in their retired years.” Gene: “Well, my wife and I, after we retired three years ago, we stared coming to [Open University] classes…and we thought it might be fun to start teaching some of the classes ourselves. I thought this might be a way that I could get engaged in teaching again without having to grade papers. It’s been a very enjoyable experience.” Susie: “We have a growing population of older citizens, and, once they retire, what are they gonna do? We offer them some opportunities with courses, travel and, with my own class that I teach, we get together outside of class, to just build friendships and camaraderie and make connections.”

Working hard for a living is its own reward. But TSCOR volunteers allow everyone to reap the benefits.

Happy National Volunteer Week, TSCOR volunteers! You make a difference. Thank you.

Friday’s Volunteer is Learning and Giving

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “when God closes a door he opens a window,” but here at TSCOR we like to keep the door open – especially the door to learning.

Like many things at TSCOR, our lifelong learning program, Open University, would not exist without volunteers. They’re involved in every aspect. Volunteers plan sessions, recruit instructors, find speakers, teach courses, do administrative housekeeping, get the word out, greet students and run a/v setup. At lunch they even serve the cake! A pandemic didn’t even slow them down. They took to Zoom and kept going (except for serving cake!). It is yet another example of how much our volunteers give back – to the individual and the community.

Hal, a volunteer instructor, says, “One of the things I enjoy most about teaching at Open University is seeing all the wonderful people attend with their sense of enthusiasm for learning a variety of subjects – history, languages, current events and more. They are always appreciative of the work the instructor has committed to presenting her or his subject. And speaking of work, personally, I learn so much more than any of the students by the interesting process of developing a class.”

But the most important thing Open University volunteers do? They keep the door open.

Happy National Volunteer Week, TSCOR volunteers! You make a difference. Thank you.