Help out in your community on 9/11 National Day of Service 2013Older adults are one of our city’s richest resources. If we can ensure that they can participate fully in the life of the community for as long as possible, our entire community will benefit. But what does “age-friendly” really mean? How can we improve our city’s physical and social environments to allow residents to remain healthy, independent, and autonomous long into their old age?

Join AARP Oregon, Clackamas County Social Services,  Clackamas County Volunteer Connection, and Elders in Action, Hands on Greater Portland and others in Working for an Age-Friendly Clackamas County, a special five-session Encore Action Team experience focused on exploring this topic through a series of service-learning sessions.  Discover what constitutes an age-friendly community and explore what individuals can do to help in this transformation. 

Transforming Clackamas County into an age-friendly community will take the commitment and participation of people of all ages — join us!

What is Encore Action Team? Encore Action Teams seeks to connect a group of 10-15 peer-led volunteers of all ages to a series of meaningful service opportunities that meet important needs of the community while providing opportunities for volunteers to proactively learn about critical social issues affecting their communities. To support a meaningful and enriching experience, volunteers are asked to commit to participate in all or most of the learning activities and service projects listed in the series. Please check the Project Schedule below. Signing up for the FIRST session will sign you up for the entire TeamWorks.  

Team Schedule:

Wednesday, September 11: Age-Friendly Orientation and Team Kickoff
12pm-2pm – AARP Oregon State Office, 9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Suite 410
Clackamas, OR 97015-5762, Lunch to be provided 
Learn about engAGE in Community an initiative to help make Clackamas County as an age-friendly place where everyone can age actively and successfully in their residence or community. 

Sunday, September 15: Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market
10:00-1:00pm – Milwaukie Farmers Market SE Main St.& Harrison St. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Learn about Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and SNAP and the role of food and nutrition in promoting wellness and active aging.  Help glean the market and take the donated produce to the a local food bank. 

Thursday, September 19   Canby Livability Coalition Project
10:00am-2:00pm – Canby, OR
Learn about the Canby Livability Coalition’s work to improve the quality of life in Canby and help the Coalition do some hiking trail clean up after a long summer of activities. Most tools provided. Please bring your own gloves and dress for the weather

Friday, September 27:  Age Friendly Molalla 
10:00am-2:00pm – Molalla, OR (Transportation will be provided)
Learn about how the City of Molalla is working to promote walkable and safe space for all generations and help with an intergenerational Jog-a-thon event on their new track.  The projects will involve interaction with a local grade school.
Sunday, September 29   Miles for Mileage Annual 5K Run & Walk  
(8:00am-12:00pm)   – Clackamas Community College  19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR
Learn about Transportation Reaching People and the importance of mobility options as we age. Help out at the annual  Miles4Mileage 5K Walk/Run.   After the run the team will gather to reflect on our projects and celebrate Clackamas Counties’ efforts to become an age friendly community.

Project Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to attend this project.

Questions can be directed to mark@eldersinaction.org or call 503-595-7533.