July 9, 2020
Seniors Sector News
LINK LETTER SUMMER SCHEDULE 
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council will be moving this newsletter to a bi-weekly schedule effective immediately, until the end of August. See you on July 23!
INFORMATION ABOUT ALBERTA RELAUNCH FOR SENIORS: PHASE II
Sage Seniors Association

This document includes need-to-know information for seniors regarding phase II of the relaunch. Learn about what services are currently available, what restrictions are still in place and how to stay safe. It is recommended that vulnerable Albertans, including older Albertans, take extra precautions during this time. Precautions include washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds, shopping during seniors' shopping hours, visiting outdoors when possible and ensuring a safe physical distance of 2 metres between yourself and others.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards
MENTAL HEALTH AWARDS 
Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is pleased to announce the 2020 award nominations are now open! Each year, CMHA recognizes mental health leaders, innovators and volunteers who advance the mental health of all Albertans. 

Nominate an individual or group for any one of the following awards:  
  • Nadine Stirling Memorial Award 
  • The Bettie Hewes Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service 
  • Communications Award 
  • Professional Care Award 
  • Special Service Award
  • Workplace Wellness Award 
Nominations will be accepted until August 7.  
ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS GRANT
Government of Alberta

Alberta Culture Days funding assistance is designed to support Alberta Culture Days activities, events and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement.    Due to the uncertainty about public gatherings, community organizers are encouraged to consider hosting Alberta Culture Days online as a way to safely reconnect with communities to celebrate arts and culture.  

The 2020 Alberta Culture Days grant application is now open until July 16.  If you require any assistance, contact us at 780-415-0281 or  albertaculturedays@gov.ab.caFor more information,  or to apply  check the Alberta Culture Days  grant page.
SCREENING DEVELOPMENT GRANT
Volunteer Alberta

Applications for the Screening Development Grants (SDG) are now open for 2020! With up to $3,000, you can update or develop screening policies and practices to recruit and engage volunteers virtually and in-person.  Funding is flexible to support and suit your organization's needs. Along with funds, you'll receive education, support and a chance to connect with and learn from your peers. The deadline to apply is  July 31. 
THE CANADA STUDENT SERVICE GRANT
Government of Canada

The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) brings together qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to support Canada's response to COVID-19.  
 
An eligible placement opportunity must be with a not-for-profit organization, which includes non-profits and registered charities. Volunteer placements must:    
  • Take place in Canada.  
  • Be in support of Canada's response to COVID-19.  
  • Be a minimum of two hours/week for four weeks and run within the period from June 25 until October 31, 2020.  
  • Adhere to public health regulations.  
  • Provide a meaningful experience for student volunteers.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
COVID-19 DATA
211 Alberta

211 has created a  report detailing   COVID-19 related Distress Line and 211 contact volumes responded to by Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton, beginning January 31 through June 27.
COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
University of Alberta

The University of Alberta Community Service-Learning program is looking for organizations with opportunities for online volunteer placements for the fall and winter terms.  
 
What can they offer you? 
  • University students eager to interact with older adults and learn about your organization.
  • Up to 60 students who are learning about aging and who know best practices for communicating with/to/about older adults.
  • 20 volunteer hours per student with your organization.  
Have an idea for a project/placement for students?  
Contact Erin Kelly at 780-265-4959 or  cslpartc@ualberta.ca.
DIVERSITY REPORTS
City of Edmonton

Learning more about d iversity and inclusion have been  popular  subjects  in  recent weeks.  The City of Edmonton created a toolkit   on these topics  for senior serving organizations  
 
You can access these documents here  
  • Senior Serving Organizations: A Toolkit for Inclusion   
  • Senior Serving Organizations: A Guide to Planning Inclusive Meetings & Events  
  • Ambassador Program Curriculum and Facilitators Guide
VIRTUAL GYM
Center for Active Living

Many older adults are interested in activities to maintain or improve their health. Although there are several options for seniors to remain fit, individualized exercise sessions prescribed by health practitioners lead to the best results.  Virtual Gym, through the Center for Active Living, is an exercise platform for health practitioners to provide game-like exercise for older adults, with individualized configurations to match the user's capabilities.  Virtual Gym effectively connects health practitioners with older adults, particularly during this pandemic time of social distancing.  
HOW TO CREATE A STORYTELLER SYSTEM THAT INSPIRES ACTION
Nonprofit Library

What is nonprofit storytelling, what does it do and why does it matter for your nonprofit? Storytelling should be actionable--inspiring listeners or readers to take an action on your behalf. It should also make readers want to share your story with others. To help organizations better tell their story, Nonprofit Library has produced an eBook that will show you how to outline your nonprofit storytelling plan and provide prompts to help you get started.
VOCATIONAL FULFILLMENT AND QUALITY SERVICE: TAPPING INTO CAPACITY AND CREATIVITY TO MAXIMIZE CONTRIBUTION 
CharityVillage

There is a direct relationship between high levels of vocational fulfillment and enhanced quality of service. Furthermore, creative and connected, vocationally fulfilled people become the substance of vibrant organizations. Paying attention to the humanity in your human resources is an investment in your organizational culture. And walking the talk is one of the most powerful ways to lead. Enhance your team's work culture with this informative blog post.
TRENDS IN PHILANTHROPY: 4 WAYS NONPROFITS ARE CHANGING
Nonprofit Hub 

We're seeing significant changes in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted aspects of society that we never expected. Individuals are working from home, others have applied for unemployment and organizations everywhere have closed their doors.  

Nonprofits  are not exempt from the unprecedented impact of this global pandemic. Rather, some are  actually feeling  the radical societal changes more than anyone else as they operate on the front lines combating the virus. Th is article shares some of the latest developments from the sector.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
BOARD BOOT CAMP
Propel Nonprofits 
July 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Central)  
$75 USD  

Learn how to participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and more knowledge. In this webinar, you will learn typical board responsibilities and explore the nuances of board authority and relationships. Participants will receive a PDF of Propel's Board Boot Camp workbook, which includes the Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations. This training is designed for those new to serving on a board or those who are contemplating joining a board.  
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGE AND ENGAGE VOLUNTEERS DURING A CRISIS
Nonprofit Learning Lab  
July 23, August 6 and 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Eastern)  
$10 USD members; $25 USD non-members   
 
This webinar will offer an overview of tools and best practices for managing one of a nonprofit's most precious resources: volunteers. In this webinar, you will learn about online platforms for effectively managing and training volunteers, how to analyze ways to recruit, interview and screen new volunteers, strategies for virtually engaging and retaining volunteers and how to effectively communicate and design virtual projects for volunteers.   
CREATING WEBINARS PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND
Nonprofit Learning Lab  
July 28, 11-12   a . m .  (Mountain)
Free premiere members;  $25  USD members;  $50  USD  non-members
 
In this session, the Learning Lab is teaching industry best practice for building webinars, start to finish. Learn the how to design an online webinar to match marketing materials and learning objectives as well as different ways to integrate adult learning styles and maximize deep learning so participants gain tangible skills. 
HOW TO AVOID FUNDRAISING'S QUITE KILLER: DONOR ATTRITION
Firespring   
July 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Central)  
Free 
 
In this session, learn how to step off the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn't have to be your reality. Learn how a 10 per cent increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors. In this webinar, you will learn:  
  • How to establish a powerful and engaging web presence that retains donors  
  • What we can learn from the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from AFP  
  • Why donors leave and what to do about it  
  • 6 key drivers that can double the lifetime value of your donors  
  • Methods for creating repeat donors
TELLING STORIES THROUGH BLOGS, VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
Idealware 
July 28, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)  
Free 
 
How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you're making in the world. This webinar will cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what's working for nonprofits and discuss the tools that can help you put them online.  
10-STEP BUDGETING PROCESS
Propel Nonprofits 
July 29, 11-12 p.m. (Mountain) 
Free  
 
 
The success and usefulness of your budget largely depend on the process used to create it. This webinar will provide you with a proven 10-step budgeting process that will engage staff and the board and ensure that your budget reflects your organization's mission, strategic plan and program priorities.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CURBSIDE CINNAMON BUNS
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
(2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor) 
Tuesdays (next pick-up is July 14)  
$10 (per order of four cinnamon buns)  

Get a sweet start to your week with  four freshly baked homemade cinnamon buns.  MWSA is offering fresh cinnamon buns for curbside pickup each week.  The  next  deadline to  place an  order is this Friday (July 1 0) at  4 p.m. Place your order at  www.mwsac.ca/cafe If you need to contact the  centre  about your order, call 780-508-9260.  
RENTAL INCENTIVE: STRATHCONA PLACE
GEF Seniors Housing 

Have you always wanted to live in beautiful, historic Strathcona but couldn't afford to? Right now, GEF Seniors Housing is offering a rental incentive for bachelor units at their Strathcona Place residence located in the beautiful Queen Alexandra  n eighbourhood .   If you sign a le ase and move into a bachelor unit in  either  July or August, you will  rece i ve an additional $25/month discount. Call 780-482-6561 to learn more. 
TELEPHONE SOCIAL
Edmonton Public Library
July 27,  2-3 p.m.
Free 

Are you looking for a chance to connect while staying at home? Join the EPL Telephone Social! In the next social, a  library staff member will share a presentation on the life of Stuart McLean. Following the presentation , you'll  have a chance to chat and ask questions with other participants--just like a party line phone call from the good old days!  Registration is  required . If you would like to take part, call Meg at 587-983-2195. 
EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 
Edmonton Jazz Festival Society
Every weekend in July 
Free 

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival is on now!  E njoy free performances and interviews from musicians locally and around the world  every weekend during July.  For upcoming performances, check here .
TOWN HALL MEETING WITH ANDREW KNACK
YEG Seniors Alliance
July 28, 6 p.m. 
Online
Free    

Join the YEG  Seniors Alliance for a Town Hall meeting with City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack. Learn about goings on in the city and discuss the issues that matter to you as a senior. Note: t his town hall will have a Mandarin interpreter.  To register, s end your email and phone number to  office@edmontonseniorscentre.caPlease write "Andrew Knack" in the subject line of your email.  
INTERVAL STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM (ONLINE)
Westend Seniors Activity Centre 
August 10-August 31, Mondays, 9- 10 a.m. (four classes)  
$35 

This lively workout series mixes  music and fun  to create  highly aerobic dance sequences  mixed in  with strength, core and flexibility exercises. Upbeat m usic from around the world will make these classes particularly motivating and invigorating ! Classes will take place via Zoom. Go online to register and get more information.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton invites residents' input into projects, policies and initiatives that grow our communities, establish government services and prepare our city for the future. Below are a few of the current opportunities for  Edmontonians  to shape their city.  
For a full list of community engagement opportunities, click  here .  
KALEIDO 2020 ON TOUR: HERE COMES THE SUN!
Arts on the Ave and Kaleido
Various Dates and Locations
Free

Arts on the Ave and  Kaleido  are pleased to present  Kaleido 2020 on Tour: Here Comes the Sun . This year,  Kaleido  will be a spontaneous, summer-long celebration of music, art and magic. All physically distant, all coming to you! This year's theme is to bring light and joy at a time when many of the activities we love are put on pause due to COVID-19. Festivals may never look the same again, but Kaleido 2020 is re-imagining, inventing and creating something new. The festival is  monitoring Alberta Health Service's directions closely and will follow all safety guidelines. 
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
BOTTLE DRIVE
Operation Friendship Seniors Society

Are your bottles piling up? Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS) is trying to raise $10,000 through the #OFSSbottledrive. This money will go towards their drop-in centre and  seniors  programs.  Call 780-408-2958 or email Jimmy at jimmym@ofss.org and he will arrange contactless pickup.  
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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