The Multnomah Bar Foundation awarded Elders in Action a grant in 2013 to develop a Civics 101 curriculum to promote civic awareness for older adults in the community. This Civics 101 curriculum included five sessions in 2014 that provided tools and opportunities for the community to become engaged advocates and citizens. Their success was recently highlighted in the Multnomah Bar Association’s newsletter, Multnomah Lawyer. For the full story see page 4 and 19 of the following link: http://www.mbabar.org/assets/ml_oct14_final.pdf .
Elders in Action is a non-profit organization that provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to build an age-friendly community. A large part of this organization works to provide advocates to help people, 60 and older, stand up for themselves, solve problems, and be heard. Their personal advocate program has assisted older adults solve banking and landlord-tenant issues, and fight neglect and elder abuse. Elders in Action’s efforts have helped older adults live more satisfying lives and maintain independence and participation in their community.
We would like to congratulate Elders in Action for their success and the great work they do. They get an A+ in our book for the wonderful services they provide. One of our attorneys, Kristen West McCall, serves as a board member for Elders in Action and we also thank her dedication to this notable non-profit.
In the Multnomah Lawyer article, Kristen is quoted, saying, “When my firm had the pleasure of hosting the opening session of Civics 101, I witnessed a Portland community at its best. I watched a group of very diverse citizens excited to discuss and experience the role of government, engage and participate. I am honored to work alongside staff and volunteers at Elders in Action who continuously and creatively support and enhance our age-friendly community.”
To our friends at Elders in Action, thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work! To learn more about Elders in Action, you can visit their website here: http://eldersinaction.org/