November 24, 2016
Grants and Awards
STATUS OF WOMEN GRANT PROGRAM

Alberta Status of Women has created a new grant program for non-profits and charitable organizations that provides seed funding for short-term projects and activities in Alberta to advance gender equality and improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta. Applications will be accepted until December 16, 2016.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL DELIVERY

Do you have clients who will be alone on Christmas Day? Would they benefit from a volunteer visit and a free holiday turkey dinner that day? Edmonton Meals on Wheels invites Executive Directors and Outreach Workers to submit names of people to receive this service. 

Email emow@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org by December 8 with your contact information and agency you represent plus confirm the client's consent, name, address and phone number. Edmonton Meals on Wheels volunteers would be happy to visit and bring not only a healthy meal but Christmas cheer as well.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO SET UP YOUR NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING SYSTEM
CharityHowTo
December 1, 3 p.m. EST or December 8, 3 p.m. EST
$39

In this webinar you will be given knowledge that will help your organization be more accountable to funding sources, provide proper transparency to your constituents, demonstrate proper stewardship of your donor funds and build a foundation that will help your organization be more sustainable to fulfill your mission. You'll learn such concepts as:
  • Major differences between for profit and nonprofit accounting
  • The difference between a fund and a program
  • How to define your functional areas, create a nonprofit chart of accounts and build a nonprofit budget
  • The difference between cash and accrual accounting
  • How to prepare, read and interpret financial statements
  • How to evaluate accounting software for your organization
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR NON-TECHNICAL PEOPLE TO GET THE MOST OUT OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS
CharityHowTo
December 1, 1 p.m. EST or December 8, 3 p.m. EST
$49

Google Analytics can get very complicated very quickly. This webinar skips the confusing details and points you straight to the main questions you can answer with this powerful tool. The webinar will show you the insights you can expect from Google Analytics, and give you step-by-step instructions for a few powerful tweaks to your website and Google Analytics account in order to get these insights.
SELLING SOCIAL CHANGE
Stanford Social Innovation Review
December 15, 9 - 10 a.m. PST
$55

Has your organization had the experience of offering a social service program that struggles to attract participants? If your answer is yes, you're not alone. Among nonprofits responding to a survey, 70 per cent reported shortfalls in program participation, and half said matters have gotten worse over the past five years. Even great programs with proven track records face this challenge. This webinar will explore developing a sales-driven approach to social change, including:
  • Recognizing the limits of designing a service or program primarily for effectiveness
  • How to design a service or program for "spreadability"
  • Going beyond identifying a broad group of potential beneficiaries and focusing first on a subgroup most likely to participate
  • Developing and resourcing a sales and marketing capability from the outset, right alongside budgeting for program delivery
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Seniors United Now (SUN)

SUN, a non-partisan, non-profit society regarded as a leading advocate and resource on seniors issues is accepting applications for a part-time contract position of Volunteer Coordinator (500 hours annually).

Responsibility: Create a strong volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention program and related volunteer materials reporting to the Executive Director and President.

To Apply: Forward your resume and cover letter with the subject heading "Volunteer Coordinator" to sunexdir@telus.net by the closing date of December 4, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Further information about SUN is available at www.seniorsunitednow.com.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA)

CLSA is an Edmonton-based, non-profit organization located in the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre. Its mission is to encourage, promote and provide opportunities, through recreation, education and socializing, to enhance the well-being of persons aged 55 and over. 

Under the direction of CLSA's Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the provision of overall direction and leadership to the organization, its employees and volunteers. The incumbent will ensure the organization operates in an efficient and effective manner and achieves the goals and objectives outlined in the CLSA strategic plan and associated policies. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining an effective working relationship with CLSA members, Board members, City representatives and the leaders of other local seniors' organizations. The Executive Director's responsibilities also include budget preparation, financial and human resource management, issues management, providing governance support to the Board and identifying and pursuing fund-raising opportunities. 
 
This opportunity will be of particular interest to individuals currently in comparable roles but wishing to reduce their work hours. Alternately, CLSA welcomes applicants from candidates who are well experienced in similar, but more junior level, roles and who are ready for the opportunity to grow their skill base.

More details about the position and application instructions can be found on the CLSA website. Applications should be submitted by December 2.
OFFICE ASSISTANT
Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA)

CLSA has an immediate opening for an energetic and qualified Office Assistant. If you...
  • are client focussed (on our association and its members) and thrive in a busy environment
  • believe that respect and personal integrity are important
  • have demonstrated in previous positions that your strong "people skills" and your office admin skills can make a difference to an organization and the people in it
  • can work both independently and as a member of a team
  • believe in the importance of CLSA's mission
then you might be very interested in applying for the position.

For more detailed information about this opportunity, visit CLSA's website. This competition closes on December 2. We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CRAFT SALE AND OPEN HOUSE
CapitalCare Strathcona (12 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park)
November 30, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Expect door prizes, raffles, great shopping and more! Review the poster and call 780-467-3366 for more information.
LIGHT A TREE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
CapitalCare Dickensfield (14225 94 Street)
December 1, 6 p.m.
$15

Performance by The Heart & Soul Choir. Includes a light dessert. Review the poster and call 780-371-6500 for more information.
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY BAND
December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free, tickets available at the door

This year's concert will feature holiday favourites such as Carol of the Bells, The Night Before Christmas and Sleigh Ride. The Rhythm Gunners Big Band and Bombardier Lucas Denneboom will also be featured.
Donations accepted for the Military Family Resource Centre.
CHRISTMAS DINNER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 9, doors open at 4:30 and dinner at 5 p.m.
$20 members; $30 non-members

Enjoy turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Entertainment to follow by the Drama Club. Advance tickets only to be purchased before December 2. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
SENIORS BENEFITS PRESENTATION
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 12, 10 a.m.
$3

Find out more about Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) in this presentation by Jennifer Clarke from Service Canada. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
CHRISTMAS SING-IN
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5 member; $7 non-member

Summon your Christmas spirit as SWESA attempts to fill the hall with familiar festive classics. Experienced and non-experienced singers welcomed. Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and join in. Holiday snacks and refreshments will be available. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 14, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $5 gratuity for driver

Join this social bus tour of the beautiful Christmas lights of Edmonton. Visit the centre or call 780-451-1925 to register by December 7.
CHRISTMAS DINNER & ART EXHIBITION
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 14, 5 p.m.
$15

Enjoy dinner and entertainment by the Senior Shumka dancers. There is a vegetarian option for supper. Pick up your tickets at the centre. Call 780-433-5807 for more details. Everyone is welcome.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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