December 12, 2019
Resources
BURNOUT: HOW NONPROFIT LEADERS CAN BETTER SUPPORT THEIR STAFF
Charity Village

Google "burnout" and you'll find 110 million links. Self-care turns up even more-over three billion results! Employee burnout isn't only a self-care problem, it's an organizational problem. This helpful article explains the problem of burnout in a non-profit context and what organizations can do about it.
GROW YOUR NONPROFIT'S REVENUE ABOVE $1M FOR THE FIRST TIME
Bloomerang

Are bad habits holding back your organization's revenue potential? This informative archived webinar provides insight into habits that prevent your donors from giving their best gifts to you. Cultivate new, lucrative habits to drive your fundraising up and over that coveted $1M mark.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET
Bloomerang
January 7, 4 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Major gifts from individuals represent the single greatest potential source of revenue growth for non-profits for the next decade. Your organization's fundraising success will come through improved execution and management of major gift strategies. This webinar will show you best practices to develop a robust major gifts program to help you secure the funds to drive your organization's important work.
HOW TO CREATE A STRATEGIC ONLINE NONPROFIT COMMUNICATIONS PLAN: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
CharityHowTo
January 9, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$87 USD

Whether your nonprofit is large or small, has a huge online presence or is just starting out, this webinar will show you how to create a strategic online communications plan that will help you focus and prioritize your communications efforts and stop spinning your wheels.
BRIDGING DIFFERENCE: BUILDING AUTHENTIC COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
Tamarack Institute
January 14, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Impactful collaboration is built on the frame of authentic partnerships. Increasingly, complex community challenges require the engagement of diverse stakeholders from different sectors combining their skills, connections, and expertise. This informative webinar will teach you all about partnership brokering, a formal process designed to bridge across diversity and engage stakeholders in deep connection to solve challenges together.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
REGISTER FOR WINTER PROGRAMS

Are you ready for the flip of the calendar year? What are your plans for 2020? Edmonton's many seniors centres have events, activities, and programs galore to keep you busy.
 
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Registration open. Programs start January 6.
View the program guide or call for more information, including registration instructions.

Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
The Winter Program Guide will be available soon. Programs start January 13.
Call 780-496-2997 for more information.

North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Registration open. Programs start January 6.
View the  program and activity guide for details, including registration instructions. Call 780-496-6969 for additional information.
 
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
Registration open. Programs start January 6.
View the program guide for details, including registration instructions. Call 780-468-1985 for additional information.

Strathcona Place Society (10831 University Avenue)
Registration open. Programs start January 13.
Visit Strathcona Place Society to register Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 4 p.m. Please note the office will be closed from December 23 until January 5 for the holidays. View the program guide for details, including registration instructions. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
 
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Registration open. Programs start January 6.
View the program guide for details, including registration instructions. Call 780-483-1209 for additional information.
SOUPER SOLOS INFORMATION SESSION
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
January 6, 3:30 p.m.

Winter is a great time to cozy up indoors with a hot mug of soup in hand. This information session is perfect for folks who are cooking for one, interested in learning new soup recipes, and want to try exploring foods unique to various cultures. This session will help you foster new friendships, gain culinary skills, and keep your belly-and heart-full. Call 780-468-1985 to learn more.
ASTRO 101: BLACK HOLES
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, January 10-March 13; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$10

Make like Marvin Martian and explore outer space in this online U of A course. This course is offered in a group format and led by a facilitator, featuring videos, lectures, and handouts. You must pre-register either in-person or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
TOONIE TALKS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
$2 per session for members and non-members

Get expert advice about need-to-know topics for seniors. Past presenters have included estate lawyers, home organizers, financial planners, fraud prevention experts and more.

Upcoming sessions include:
59/64/70: January 14, 1:30 p.m.
The Art of Downsizing-When Less Equals More: January 27, 1:30 p.m.

Go online or call 780-483-1209 to find more information about upcoming talks in 2020.
FUN AND FITNESS ON THE BALL
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Wednesdays, January 15-February 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$42 members; $78 non-members

The goal of this moderate "stand, sit, and floor" program is to help strengthen muscles so your body can perform at its best and is ready to rise to the demands of day-to-day life. This class costs $42 for members and $78 for non-members. Call 780-496-7369 to register.
DECLUTTER AND DOWNSIZE IN A HOLISTIC WAY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
January 15 and 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$25 members; $35 non-members (both sessions)

Spark joy in your home with the simple act of decluttering. Learn how to develop a downsizing plan to reduce stress and start living your best, minimalist life. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
JAM SESSIONS
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.

Music is for everyone! Play songs with other music-lovers in this casual gathering. Simply bring along your favourite instrument and join in the fun. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
DROP-IN VOLUNTEER MENTORS WANTED
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.

Everyone has a story to tell and wisdom to share, and seniors have perhaps accumulated more of these than anyone else. Share your knowledge with the next generation at this great intergenerational opportunity! MWSA is seeking seniors who are interested in mentoring youths (12-17 years old). If interested, call 780-508-9359 or email volunteer.coordinator@mwsac.ca .
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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