We are OPEN on Columbus Day!
Open University WILL MEET at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Monday, October 12. We are not closed for Columbus Day. Hope to see everyone there!!
AND if you haven’t looked at the OLIVER! trip flyer, do it now. It’s going to be an incredible trip!
Shepherd’s Center of America visits Richmond
We had a wonderful visit last week from Sarah Cheney, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of America.
Sarah was in Northern Virginia at a ribbon cutting for the newest Shepherd’s Center, Western Fairfax County, one of the now seven Centers in Virginia. The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond was the first, 31 years ago, and we mentored both the Chesterfield and Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center when they first began. It’s great to be a part of such an important national organization and a caring community of people meeting the growing needs of aging Americans 60+. Click this SCA to find out more about Shepherd’s Center of America.
Change of speaker at St. Mary Church, April 1st (no foolin’)
Bill Sachs will be unable to speak on April 1, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church. We are happy to welcome his replacement, Bernie Henderson, CEO of Woody Funeral Homes. He will give his presentation that was cancelled by the snow entitled, “Commemorating D-Day at Normandy 70 Years Later.” We hope to see you there!!
Lunch-n-Life, brown-bag lecture series is 12 noon to 1:30 pm, March 25th through April 22nd at St. Mary Catholic Church. Free and open to the public. Bring a sandwich. The church will provide beverages and dessert.
Spring Gray Matters now available online!
The Spring 2015 issue of Gray Matters is now on our website. You can also view it at the link below.
ATTENTION – Only 4 more spots available for our trip to Mt. Vernon & the National Marine Corps Museum in Northern Virginia on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Last day to register is this Friday, February 27. More than just another historic home and a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. It’s going to be a great trip-please join us. For more details, see the flyer at the link below and then call the office to sign up!
Four Days to Go Until The Amazing Raise!!
The Amazing Raise is only 4 days away and we look forward to this 36 hour “give-a-thon.” I hope you read all about it in our fall Gray Matters. The biggest question tied to The Amazing Raise is always, “What is a unique gift?” Let me explain.
A unique gift is a donation of $50 or more made by one individual. For example, if Mr. Smith and his wife donate $100 on one credit card for both, it only counts as one unique gift. But, if Mr. Smith donates $50 on his credit card and then Mrs. Smith donates $50 on her credit card, it counts as two unique gifts. The goal is to get as many different people as you can to donate. And once you have made your donation of $50 or more, you are counted as one unique gift and will not be counted again if you make another donation during The Amazing Raise. So in general, it is a whole bunch of different people donating unique gifts to the organization of their choice. And we hope that you choose The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond.
These unique gifts count towards prizes of grant money given by the Community Foundation throughout the 36 hours. Follow this link to see the list of prizes: https://theamazingraise.org/#prizes.
So get your whole family involved, like I did. If they have a credit card, their donation can be counted as a unique gift too! There will be a direct link to The Shepherd’s Center’s donation page here on our website that will be active at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 17th. You can find out more about The Amazing Raise at www.theamazingraise.org.
If you have any questions, please post them here, e-mail me at jadams@TSCOR.org or call me at 355-7282. Let’s have an amazing, Amazing Raise! – Julie
New Executive Director Appointed
The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Adams-Buchanan as its Executive Director. Julie has had the position of coordinator of volunteer services at the Center for the past six years, interviewing prospective clients and overseeing the hundreds of volunteers who provide transportation and other help for seniors.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to welcome Julie as our new Executive Director,” said Board President Art Gunlicks. “She brings a great deal of experience in the area of volunteer services and is enthusiastic about the Shepherd’s Center and the people we serve. We look forward to her leadership in the years ahead.”
I like being 98
One of our volunteer drivers sent the video above to me – Thanks Jack! It reminds me a lot of our own volunteers who give their time and gas to do what is right – to help their neighbors. It’s such an easy way to give back to your community. Call us today to find out more – 804-355-7282.
Seniors, Non-Profits, and Social Media, Oh My!
When I set out to redesign our website, the immediate challenge seemed to be how to create a site that would be “senior friendly”. I had to wonder ~ What exactly does that mean? I wanted to create a site that was easily navigated by the men and women who make up the extraordinary organization that I am privileged to direct, The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. For more than 25 years, TSCOR (The Shepherd’s Center) has been a vital and vibrant part of the Richmond, Virginia community, though surprisingly few people know about it. TSCOR is all about people who are 50 and better, and there are some stereotypes that persist when it comes to “seniors” and computers, not to mention social media. There’s a notion that “they aren’t online”. So why bother with a website at all?
The fact is, that women over 55 are the fastest growing demographic group of Facebook users, and those over 60 are doing far more online than keeping up with the grandchildren. Take a look at this article from CMS Wire.com, Social Media Minute: Seniors Embrace the Web or this one from Mashable – Baby Boomers and Seniors are Flocking to Facebook Our stereotypes may need a drastic overhaul!
My staff and I have been to several conferences in the past year which focused on the need for non-profits to get with the program with respect to web presence and the use of social media. My task became clearer: Build a good website – period. The seniors will do just fine. There is a wealth of information on the web and in print about how to develop a non-profit site that will be accessible to your members, informative to those seeking to use your services, and clear to your donors. There is an enormous and ever-growing body of research available to guide non-profits as they begin to understand what motivates and inspires Baby Boomers to volunteer. Ultimately, the task was to distill some of this information and create what we hope will be a successful website. I did try to make it easy on the eyes with a black on white format and a font size that was easily readable.
So today, we’re celebrating the launch of The Shepherd’s Center’s new web home. There is still a little tweaking to do, but I think we’re ready to be a presence on the web and in the blogosphere. If you’re curious about what The Shepherd’s Center is and does, you’re warmly invited to take a tour! For our members, the over-50 crowd, WELCOME! Don’t hesitate to “share” this blog post on your Facebook page, or post a link in your twitter feed! I hope you’ll find the new site clear and easy to use.