Fighting For Our Future in San Francisco

Dignity Fund Approved for the November 8 Ballot! 

The Dignity Fund Coalition has taken several important steps forward, winning  support from the Mayor and 9 of the 11 Supervisors. The Ballot Simplification Committee has approved the language for the Voter Handbook   with input from the Coalition and Supervisor Cohen.  The next step is to prepare paid ballot arguments for the Handbook. 
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The  Dignity Fund ballot measure  provides an important foundation of sustained  funding for services and support. But it is much more than that.  It is campaign that seeks to raise public awareness of the issues facing seniors and adults with disabilities of all ages and to mobilize a diverse cross-section of the residents to have a larger voice in the programs and policies that impact their lives.  

The July 19th Rally at City Hall was one step in that process. View more pictures of the Rally. Keep reading to find more ways you can help!
The Dignity Fund Coalition Needs YOU! 
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The November 8th ballot will have an overwhelming number of state and local ballot measures.  On August 15, the Dignity Fund will learn its "letter" and place on the ballot. By that time, we need to be gearing up for two and a half months of campaigning.  Here is how you can help:
Lend your name as an endorser - download, sign and send in or simply send an email to info@sfdignityfund.org
Help us add your organization as a formal endorser - once approved, sign and send in. If you need a speaker to address your group, email us at info@sfdignityfund.org
Make a financial contribution - if everyone who opened this newsletter make a donation, it would go a long way toward funding the campaign!  Can we count on you?  Download a donation form or go to www.sfdignityfund.org
Agree to volunteer in phone banking, precinct walking or otherwise helping the Dignity Fund become a household name between now and November 8th.
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
St. Francis Square Community Living Committee
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In its early days, CLC was looking for ways to re-weave communities of support for those seeking to age in place. St. Francis Square Co-op took up the challenge. Their Board of Directors created a Community Living Committee, which has worked tirelessly to develop new and time test ways to strengthen the way neighbors can stay connected and engaged as they age. This month, we are featuring highlights of the group's activities in a recent post on our SF Healthy Aging blog. To learn more about their efforts, contact Betty Traynor at btraynor@att.net.  
Cayuga Community Connectors Are a Hoot
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Cayuga Connectors hosted a Hootenanny to celebrate their fearless leader Glenda Hope's birthday.  Live music, a western theme, a great potluck spread of ethnic foods and desserts, and of course, dancing.  See more pictures on their Facebook page.   The Cayuga Connectors have a busy fall schedule of activities planned, including exercise, memoir writing, memory and aging workshops and so much more.  D ownload a schedule of future activities here . To learn more, contact Patti Spaniak at pspaniak@me.com.

IT Bookman Welcomes OMI Food Network & More
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CLC is grateful for the support of IT Bookman Community Center. Last month, our Grocery Delivery Program began bagging and delivering groceries from the community center.  On Thursdays from 12:30-1:30PM, join OMI neighbors and CLC's LaNay Eastman for free Zumba Gold classes. To learn more and get involved, contact Deb Glen at debglen1@gmail.com.   
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2016 AIDS Walk Inspires Hope
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Once again, Jennifer Walsh was the anchor for the Community Living Campaign AIDS Walk Team. Unlike the rest of us, she actually finished the walk and together we met our fundraising goal and a little bit more. In the pre-walk program, speakers highlighted the many services that the funds raised provide.   

There was a special reference this year to the growing number of people aging with HIV/AIDS.
Learn more about this growing issue in a series created by the SF Chronicle Last Men Standing. Thanks, Jennifer, and to all of you who donated this year to raise nearly $1.9 million locally to support more than 40 local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Job Opportunities at CLC
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CLC will be strengthening our team by adding two new part-time positions: a Program Coordinator/Team leader for the Connections for Healthy Aging Program and a Program Support Analyst to help keep CLC running smoothly. 

Please download the job descriptions from the links and share with others that you think might be a good match for the mission and activities of the Community Living Campaign.  
Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Stay Engaged with Computer Classes and Tutoring
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We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include photoshop, email, smartphones, movies and music, and so much more.  Download a list of classes and open labs here .

We continue to highlight  The History Project with one-on-one training, photo scanning and support every Monday at 360 Valencia from 11:00 to 1:00  and at other sites listed on the schedule. See CLC's History Project.

Comcast Internet Essentials Expands To More Low-Income Households 
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Over the past 9 months, Comcast has been piloting their Internet Essentials for Seniors program in San Francisco and several other cities. Now, they have announced expanding eligibility to include public housing and HUD-assisted residents in Housing Choice Voucher and other Multi-family programs. This expansion will offer access to high speed internet at the same low rate - $9.95 + tax per month, a discounted computer for $150, and free digital literacy classes. 

Learn more here about this new program or the senior and low-income family programs.
SF Tech Council Celebrates Milestone Event 
Bridging the Digital Divide in San Francisco is quite a challenge, but the SF Tech Council is seeking to bring together businesses, non-profits, and city agencies to do their part. We gathered to celebrate and to mark progress - view pictures on the SF Tech Council blogCLC provides consultant and staff support to the SF Tech Council. Special guest speaker was James Appleby, President of the Gerontological Society of America.  L e arn more by watching this overview of the SF Tech Council's work prepared for the July Milestone event or get on the mailing list for meetings and activities by emailing Susan Poor at susan@susanpoor.com.  
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Community Events & Information 
Connections for Healthy Aging (CHA) Workshop 
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Our growing band of merry CHA Workshop leaders are gearing up for their next 4 part session, which will start August 11 at 10:00 to 1:00 at Telegraph Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street and will continue through August 19, 25 and September 1. Lunch and a binder of useful information provided. 

Get the information and support you need to act on your good intentions (to strengthen your support team, to write up your vial of life form and advance directive, to think about the legacy you want to leave).  Download flyer for more information. Space is limited, so email Marcia at Marcia.Peterzell@comcast.net to reserve your space. 

Aging & Disability Friendly SF Marks Turning Point 
A lot is happening with Aging and Disability Friendly SF! They are moving into a new
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phase, with a more formal Task Force that will be taking up finishing the baseline assessment and plan. At the same time, a number of other Aging and Disability Friendly SF activities will continue building the movement. More information will be shared over the next few months, so stay tuned!  The 
next meeting will be on Thursday, August 4, from 3:30-5:00 pm , at DAAS, 1650 Mission, 5th Floor. To learn more about where the current workgroup has been, you can see past minutes and reports here

Town Hall Forum on Senior and Disability Issues 
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Save the date for the California Alliance for Retired Americans special event in San Francisco - one of fourteen Town Hall meetings in districts across the state. 
Thursday, September 8, 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St.
Hear candidates, learn about propositions, share your voice on issues of concern. Registration fee includes snacks, a box lunch and materials. For more information or to register, download the attached flyer and mail or register online. Senior and Disability Action is helping organize local participation in San Francisco. Contact them at (415) 546-1333.

Ticket Sales Begin for September 22 Special Event 
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Ticket sales have begun and sponsorships are still available for CLC's annual fundraising event. Join us on September 22, 5:30 to 8:00  at the Marine's Memorial at 609 Sutter to honor Patrick Arbore, this year's Norma Satten award winner. 

Plans are underway for a great event with intergenerational entertainment, a fabulous silent auction with the finest SF Restaurants, good food and a no host bar. Simply hop online to purchase a ticket or sponsorship. The deadline to have sponsorships listed in the program book is September 1. For more information, download the  sponsor packet

Funds raised at this event provide "seed money" for us to grow new and innovative programs and to support advocacy efforts like the Dignity Fund.  

International Disability Film Festival 
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Seven of the Superfest International Film Festival Winners will be screened in the Main Library's Latino-Hispanic Community Room on Sunday, August 14 from 1:00 to 4:00. This special showing is presented by SFPL's Access Services programs, the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, and the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. All films will be audio described and captioned. Braille and large print screening schedules will be available at the event. Call 415-557-4557 or email marti.goddard@sfpl.org with questions or requests for other accommodations.

Be Prepared for a Weather Event 
Download the new FEMA app for your smart phone 
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The latest version of the  FEMA mobile app has several features to support individuals before, during, and after a disaster. App features include:
  • Weather Alerts: Sign up for National Weather Service alerts for up to five different U.S. locations to stay updated on severe weather forecasts impacting family and friends.
  • Preparedness Information: Receive tips to survive natural disasters and customize your emergency checklist.
  • Safety Reminders: Set reminders that will alert you when it's time to change smoke alarm batteries, replenish emergency supplies kits, and practice your family's emergency communications plan.
  • Disaster Resources: If a disaster occurs, search for shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers in your area.
Stay safe and informed during disasters.  Download the @fema app at www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

For local resources (no smart phone required), visit the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) site.