June 25, 2020
Seniors Sector News
PETITION FOR A SECTOR RESILIENCE GRANT PROGRAM
Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada is urging the federal government to implement a Sector Resilience Grant Program, which would provide a vital lifeline  for community organizations This  grant would   ensure charities and  nonprofits  will be here to support communities through out  th e  pandemic and  as we  transition   into recovery. Add your voice  to help  Canadian charities and  nonprofits  continue their community support efforts.  
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
SCAVENGER AND TREASURE HUNTS 

Are you looking for a fun activity to virtually engage your members? These resources will help you create scavenger hunts.  
NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY LEARNING CENTRE
Tech Impact

Want to boost your digital skillsets, run an online fundraising campaign, or host a virtual event? Want to design an infographic to share your organization's data in a compelling way? Want to learn best practices for selecting and implementing software and compare systems to find the best one for your needs? The Technology Learning Center is an expansive collection of  nonprofit  educational resources that can  help your organization with all things tech!  
HOW TO AVOID OVERWHELM AND FOCUS ON WHAT SPECIFICALLY WORKS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION'S FUNDRAISING
CharityVillage

It can be overwhelming to know what you should do when faced with declining revenues or fundraising plans that have been significantly changed, especially for smaller organization's or those with limited fundraising resources. This helpful blog post contains a few suggestions and easy to implement strategies to avoid overwhelm and focus on a few key activities that are proven to boost fundraising.  
DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET
Tech Impact

Videos and podcasts are a powerful-and an increasingly affordable-way to tell your story. What do you need to know to go from concept to broadcasting effective videos and publishing podcasts without spending big bucks? This webinar  recording  will walk you through the tools and best practices to effectively create, shoot, edit, and publish videos and podcasts on a shoestring budget.  
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
CASH FLOW CONVERSATIONS IN A TIME OF CRISIS 
Nonprofit Learning Lab 
July 1, 12 p.m. (Eastern) 
Free 

Has figuring out your cash flow been on the to do list but constantly falling off because of other fires or more pressing concerns? Are you ready to put this conversation to the forefront and need help navigating how?  This virtual webinar  will  explain cash flow statement and cash flow projection, walk through creating a cash flow projection, and highlight what you have control over and what you need your board/supporters to rally around.  
CALLING ALL BOARD MEMBERS: GOVERNING WITH EXCELLENCE THROUGH TIMES OF CRISIS
Nonprofit Learning Lab 
Multiple dates to choose from, including July 3, August 3 and August 12
(see link for more details) 
$50 USD 

This training provides 
nonprofit  boards with tools and strategies to strengthen their effectiveness  during  COVID-19.  This webinar will offer guidance  on navigating  the   challenges f acing boards now , including  conducting business remotely, providing effective support for the executive leadership,  and  fundraising .
ONLINE FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NONPROFITS
Nonprofit Tech for Good  
July 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Free 

Online donations make up an average of 8.5  per cent  of a  nonprofit's  annual budget but that number will grow rapidly in the coming years. This webinar will highlight current trends in online fundraising.  In this webinar, l earn  how to:   
  • S elect the right online fundraising tool  
  • La unch a monthly giving progra m  
  • U se  social media to increase your online donations  
  • L aunch a crowdfunding campaig n  
  • T ap into the power of cause awareness and giving days  
IMPROVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: USING CREATIVITY, VOCATIONAL FULFILLMENT AND YOUR TEAM'S COLLECTIVE WISDOM TO CO-CREATE COMMUNITY
CharityVillage 
July 9, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern) 
Free 

There is a direct relationship between high levels of vocational fulfillment and enhanced quality of service. In this webinar, learn strategies to help you tap into the capacity and creativity of your team members to create space for their unique contribution s . You will explore mind-sets, approaches, and tools that not only support the people in your organization but also become a source of self-discovery for you. 
TREASURER/FINANCE COMMITTEE: RIGHT PEOPLE, RIGHT ROLES
Propel Nonprofits 
July 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$75 USD  

Just elected as board treasurer or to the finance committee ? N ot sure what to do  next ? This session is geared toward helping new treasurers and finance committee members (or current ones looking for a refresher) be successful in their role . This webinar  will cover tools and practices that can help board treasurers develop finance skills, ask strategic financial questions, lead board development in finance, and keep the numbers connected to the mission.  
IT'S A NEW WORLD: HOW TO CULTIVATE YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY
Firespring  
July 15, 1-2 p.m. (Central) 
Free 

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it.  Often  we get so caught up in 'the ask' that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. In this webinar, you will learn:   
  • What donor stewardship means in an online world  
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day  
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you  
  • How to generate loyal support long past a specific campaign  
  • Why a consistent communications plan is  essential  
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
JULY PHONE PROGRAMMING
Seniors' Centre Without Walls 

Older  Edmontonians  seeking to meet others and socialize over shared interests are encouraged to call Seniors' Centre Without Walls .  If you're looking for a mood booster, try out the ir  new program, "Confront the Discomfort". In this  eight week  course, the Canadian Mental Health Association will share methods of confronting and controlling anxiety. This course starts July 2.  Register  in advance to ensure your spot.  Additionally, Seniors' Centre Without Walls is pleased to provide Cantonese phone programming for Cantonese-speaking seniors through a partnership with the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens Association.  For a full listing of programming, see the July schedule. To access a program, dial toll-free 1-855-703-8985 and enter meeting ID 255.573.6467#.   
VIRTUAL FOLK CONCERTS
Calgary Folk Festival 
$8 per show 

Do es listening to the fiddle make you  do a little jig?  Does the twang of the  banjo  soothe your soul Folk music lovers rejoice! The  Calgary  Folk Festival is bringing you online performances. Upcoming acts include:   
ULTIMATE VIRTUAL GARAGE SALE
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse 
June 12-August 31  
Free 

Find great bargains and treasures at this virtual  garage sale all summer long. Sale proceeds will support Arts on the Ave.  If you would like to donate items for the sale, call 780-257-9351 or email manager@thecarrot.ca.  Sale organizers are collecting the following items:   h ousehold decor and wares, books, working appliances, gently used and clean furniture, working electronics, purses  and  backpacks.   
DRIVE-IN MOVIE: TOY STORY 4
Kingdom Church 
June 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.  
Location: Larry Olexiuk Field Parking Lot (47 Riel Drive, St. Albert, AB) 
Free 

Round up the family for a night of nostalgic fun at th e drive-in .   The movie will be a screening of 'Toy Story 4'.  Note the p arking lot  will open  at 8:15  p.m. Make sure to arrive early to  get the best seat in the house!  To respect social distancing  guidelines ,   on-site washroom facilities and concession stands  will not be available  
THE GRIEF OF LOSING A LOVED ONE TO DEMENTIA
Caregivers Alberta, presented by the Grief and Trauma Healing Centre   
June 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Free 

Losing a loved one to dementia is a gradual and painful process. Navigating this unique grief in a healthy and meaningful way is not easy. Many well-meaning messages like "keep busy" and "be strong" are not emotionally helpful and often further isolate us in our pain. The good news is grief does not have to be a life sentence of suffering. This presentation will provide tools to help move beyond the pain, isolation, and loneliness caused by loss  
VIRTUAL CANADA DAY CELEBRATION
The City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, City of Spruce Grove, City of St. Albert, Town of Stony Plain and Strathcona County 
July 1 
Free

Local municipalities have partnered for an online Canada Day celebration! Enjoy a selection of Canad a -themed crafts puzzles  and trivia  in this fun activity booklet. From 6 until 8 p.m. on Canada Day visit the event Facebook page for a series of virtual concerts.  
2020 CANADA DAY ROAD RACE: VIRTUAL RUN
The Running Room 
Ongoing until July 1  
$20  

Celebrate Canada Day with a day of fitness and exploration.  C hoose an activity - walk, run  or  cycle to locations in  Edmonto n that represent you and your Canadian identity. Make sure to bring your phone to snap some pictures of these locations and enter to win great prizes. Your registration includes: a commemorative 2020 finishers medal, entry for draw prizes, and a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Remember to follow the guidelines set out by the provincial government and health agencies for physical distancing. For more information, email Joan at  Joan.Radford@albertahealthservices.ca .  
EPL FROM HOME: MAKING HISTORY WITH YOUR WRITING
Edmonton Public Library 
July 7, 2-3:30 p.m. 
Free 

This  informative  writing workshop will share techniques and tricks for incorporating historical facts into a book-length work of fiction or non-fiction.  Get helpful  tips on research ing , interviewing, adding historical facts and atmosphere, a s well as  what NOT to do.  To register and get your Zoom link, contact Susie Maloney at  susie.moloney@epl.ca  
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY: HERITAGE VALLEY PARK
City of Edmonton 
Free 

You are invited to provide feedback on what you would like to see in Heritage Valley District Park! The park is currently in the concept phase, with construction anticipated in  two  stages between 2021 and 2023.  The City of Edmonton is  seeking   input on the design, including park amenities ,  for both the initial and future  developments.  Provide your input via survey by July 3.  For more local public engagement events, see the City's events calendar  
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER TO HELP SENIORS AND THEIR CANINE COMPANIONS
ElderDog Canada

Do you know an older adult in the community who would benefit from support caring for their dog ElderDog  Canada is a national registered charitable organization dedicated to helping aging people and aging dogs.  Elder D og  supports older adults with dog care including dog-walking and transportation to  and from  vet appointments . These  supports  allow  older adults  to continue living in their home with the companionship of their  furry friends .   For information about  how to access   ElderDog  Canada  services   in Edmonton  or  to find  volunteer  opportunities ,   go online or  cal l Kim  Chivilo  at 587-988-9946 .  
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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