of JCA® - Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.
THE INTERAGES CONNECTOR
STAYING CONNECTED WHILE STAYING HOME
Staying in Touch
Hello JCA Interages Volunteers,
As we prepare for fall and future volunteer opportunities, we will be contacting our volunteers asking if they have been vaccinated and to provide a copy of the vaccination card. The copy of the card will be deleted and will not be kept in our records. Please note that those who are unvaccinated can still volunteer, but their options may be limited by host organizations.
We would love to learn about you and your volunteer experience as well as your ideas for programming and partnering with other organizations. To share your thoughts, please contact Indira Dingledine at email@example.com or (301) 255 - 4239.
Interages Fall Programming
We are negotiating fall volunteer placements, in person and virtual. We will keep you posted as programs are confirmed. Keep in mind, that while MCPS, THIS WEEK, has indicated volunteers will be allowed in schools, we don't know how the new virus variants will influence this decision. We don't expect in classroom programs to begin until late October.
We are grateful for @JCAInterages one-on-one tutors like TraceyFriedlander who make house calls! Tracey’s student was so excited about the visit, she gathered her friends for a photo op!
Interages was so pleased with the Zoom interview conducted by a young person of Interages Founder Austin Heyman that we started a regular interview program. The students earn Service Learning hours for their time preparing and interviewing. Previous interviews are available on our website.
In this issue, we highlight Interview with 7th grader Dhruv and Tracey Friedlander, Board Member of The Neediest Kids and Interages volunteer. Click here for the interview.
SHARE From A Distance
SHARE From A Distance provides meaningful connections between young people and older adults.
JOIN SHARE FROM A DISTANCE AND BECOME A PEN PAL
Are you or someone you know interested in being matched with a young person to exchange letters back and forth? Build a relationship with a young person during this difficult time when people of ALL ages are feeling isolated and eager to make connections. Only first names are given and all correspondence is filtered through JCA staff. Even as more and more activities open up and students return to in-person classes in the fall, it is rewarding to make these "old-fashioned" connections with a young person and share perspectives as we move into post-pandemic life.
You can choose to write to a student via email or postal mail. We need more older adults to match with the many interested students. For more information or to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your help and support!
MCPS requires masks for all this fall
The board of Montgomery County Public Schools voted to require that face coverings be worn by all -- students, teachers, and other staff -- regardless of their vaccination status when the school year starts on August 30. The mask mandate applies to students while they are indoors and riding school buses, but not outdoors or while eating. Those who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when they are outdoors.
Cited as reasons for the board's decision to require masks in schools were the emergent coronavirus variants, advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommended universal masking in schools for everyone over age 2, and the lack of an effective system for monitoring vaccination status of students. Shortly after the board voted, CDC announced new guidelines that recommend face coverings be required inside schools in the fall.
MCPS leaders said they will work with health officials throughout the 2021-2022 school year to evaluate mask requirements and determine if changes are warranted.
THE WORLD IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
the world is temporarily closed
we've hidden behind masks
and closed the shutters
to our lives
the doors will open someday
or at least,
we hope they will
we can't live like this forever
i like how the sky never closes
the stars stay bright
maybe they could teach us
is the word i like the most
it will be gone soon,
and it will return to normal.
By Everlasting Waves,
The Young Writers Project
Reprinted with permission
We thought you would enjoy these "Ten photos from across China: July 2 – 8" Click to enjoy.
Enjoy Theater - Including in person performances
The Endangered Species Theatre Project’s mission is to bring enjoyment and understanding through live theatre that proactively focuses on diverse representation. We do this by: a) giving voice to forgotten plays and playwrights, b) increasing representation of women over 40 and other historically excluded artists on the stage, and c) making vital connections between people of all generations.
Our goal is to engage our artists and our community in the universal human experiences
Dr. Adam Possner, a specialist in internal medicine, responds in our new feature, “Dr’s Corner.” Click here for his response.
Do you have a general medical question for Dr. Possner? Submit your question to email@example.com. Please note that the doctor cannot provide specific medical advice in this format but welcomes questions of a general nature.
Montgomery County Public Libraries are now offering online services using HelpNow, JobNow, and VetNow from Brainfuse.
County library cardholders can log on to the website and access tutoring services, job search services, or veteran assistance by entering their library card number and pin, according to a Montgomery County press release. All three services are free. To take advantage of this service, visit the library’s website https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library/