Take Action Against Poverty—Senior Volunteers Make the Difference!

Published on 25 November 2015

Perhaps you are interested in making a direct impact in your community, but don't know where to start. Good news—we have a great volunteering opportunity waiting for you!

Wakeup Call Led to Rewarding Work with Veterans

Published on 29 October 2015

My life changed immediately and permanently with one early morning phone call on the 15th of August 2007. I had been unable to work—or even look for work—with any energy for over a year. I thought that maybe this was just my version of aging.

Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Seeks Volunteers

Published on 29 October 2015

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens needs your time and expertise. As a Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens volunteer, you will meet people, make friends, and know that the time you give makes a positive difference in the lives of Seattle's older adults and people with disabilities.

Senior man using computer

Seniors Training Seniors Learn-a-thon a Win-Win

Published on 27 August 2015

Taking a big risk, the Seniors Training Seniors computer skills training program launched an intensive marathon of "Computer Basics" classes and labs for the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) Employment Resource Center clients in July 2015. Computer Basics classes have been offered before, but not back-to-back, with attendant labs for each level, over an entire month. The preparation was intense and well worth it!

Foster Grandparents Support Youth Academic Learning

Published on 27 August 2015

At the vibrant Washington Middle School in Seattle's Central District, two special volunteers arrive, not only day in and day out, but year in and year out. Both volunteers are part of the Foster Grandparent Program, a unique intergenerational tutoring and mentoring program that links elders with at-risk youth.

Neighbors Exchange Time to Help Neighbors

Published on 30 July 2015

Dean Peloquin is just starting to offer yoga classes so it was a natural he would travel to one client's home and another client's office to give personalized lessons. But he wasn't given money for either class. Nor was he reimbursed in cash for the six to eight hours he spent cleaning and painting the basements of two homes.

NeighborTies: Strengthening Elders in Our Community

Published on 30 July 2015

The Southeast Seattle Senior Center has launched a new volunteer program called NeighborTies, which will match an elder living in Southeast Seattle with a trained volunteer who will come to their home at least twice a month.

Making a Difference in Retirement

Published on 31 March 2015

The last several years of my employment were challenging. I started my career 50 years ago, working with civil rights agencies. I longed for the fulfillment I experienced when doing work that made a difference in the lives of people. As I contemplated retirement, my priority was to do things that I would enjoy and make a difference in the lives of others.

Who Inspires You?

Published on 31 March 2015

King County is filled with older adults whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. They quietly make life better for others even as their years advance.

Participate in a Research Study? It May Improve Your Own Health as Well as Others'

Published on 28 January 2015

University of Washington Professor of Nursing Cynthia Dougherty recently completed a study focused on heart disease patients who had received implanted internal defibrillators—a major surgery that requires intensive recovery and rehabilitation.

New Ways to Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

Published on 5 January 2015

Starting January 13, 2015, any household making $60,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free by United Way of King County's Free Tax Campaign at 25 locations across King County.

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on Valentine's Day

Published on 5 January 2015

There is another fun reason to recognize Valentine's Day—this year, it's also Seattle's Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day! It’s a day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses will join together on Saturday, February 14 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Make a Difference in the Life of an Elder

Published on 2 December 2014

There are as many reasons to volunteer as there are volunteers. Anyone can volunteer, and they do—every day—in communities like ours across the country. But more than any other time of year, the holidays bring out our compassionate nature. We count our blessings and take stock of our own good fortune. We question how we can do more, not just to achieve the sense of well-being that accompanies doing something kind for others, but to truly commit to helping someone in need.

Empower Your Community and Take Action Against Poverty

Published on 30 October 2014

Are you a senior interested in making a difference in your community? Have you been looking for a reason to volunteer, but haven't found the right fit just yet? United Way of King County has a volunteering opportunity for you!

Mobile Dental Vans and Volunteers Make a Difference

Published on 30 September 2014

Oral health is very important in overall health and wellness, but many local seniors have difficulty accessing dental health services. Left untreated, dental issues progress to dental disease. Many people without dental coverage turn to emergency rooms with cases that could be treated more effectively in a dental office.

Is There a Village on Your Horizon?

Published on 31 July 2014

Have you heard about the movement toward "virtual" retirement villages? Although typically geographic, a virtual village allows you to stay in your own home with easier access to services and supports that can help you age in place successfully.

Shout It from the Rooftops

Published on 30 April 2014

For years we've heard Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) called "your best kept secret." What's with that? AAAs have been in existence for more than 40 years. Perhaps it's time to shout it from the rooftops.

Aging Your Way Conference Will Build Community Connections

Published on 31 March 2014

One measure of aging well is being connected in your community. People who know their neighbors, are involved in community events, share their talents and accept help when they need it are less likely to be isolated, ill and lonely.

There lies the key question: How is it that some people are well-connected, thriving community members and others … not so much?  How do people get connected and what do they connect to?

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Help Create a Hunger-Free King County

Published on 27 February 2014

Did you know that 30 percent of seniors must choose between food and medical expenses? Or that 65 percent of seniors eligible for food stamps—our best frontline defense against hunger—don't access the benefit? 

12 Easy Ways to Make a Difference This Legislative Session

Published on 31 January 2014

One of the primary responsibilities of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) is Advocacy. It's listed first in our bylaws—ratified by our sponsors, the City of Seattle, King County, and United Way of King County. Every Advisory Council member is involved in determining current issues affecting older adults and persons with disabilities and advocating for relevant legislation on their behalf. But we can't do it alone—we need your help.

Spread the Tax Refund Love

Published on 30 October 2013

Looking for an engaging volunteer opportunity to help families in your community and practice a new skill? United Way of King County is recruiting 1,000 volunteers for its Free Tax Campaign, which will serve thousands of lower-income tax clients in 2014.

Why I Walk to End Alzheimer's

Published on 29 August 2013

Our vision at the Alzheimer's Association is a world without Alzheimer's. One way you can help us make that happen is by participating in one of our Walks to End Alzheimer's. This is our largest awareness builder and fundraiser each year. The money raised goes directly to Alzheimer's programs and services—such as our 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, education and support groups—as well as research, all in support of individuals and families, like mine, who have been directly affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Two AARP Volunteers Make a Difference in Our Community

Published on 1 May 2013

Janet Lam-Rogers of Seattle and her husband Toby Rogers are a volunteering power couple. Janet volunteers for the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program two days a week, where she helps low-income taxpayers file their taxes at the Ballard and Shoreline libraries. Toby works in the Foundation’s Fraud Fighter Call Center in north Seattle, which helps battle financial scams.

Making a Difference: Claire Anderson

Published on 1 May 2013

Before I met her in person, friends told me about Claire Anderson. I was impressed hearing their stories about how Claire encouraged them to start writing their life stories.

The Rewards of Volunteering

Published on 29 March 2013

Every society knows the merits of volunteerism. It has familial, communal and tribal roots—people coming together to help one another or working together to accomplish a common goal. It recalls images of barn-raisings, cathedral building, communal hunting, and farming.

United Way Volunteer Opportunities Utilize Wisdom and Experience

Published on 29 March 2013

At United Way of King County, we know volunteering is how a range of services in our community are delivered and supported.

RSVP Matches Volunteer Interests, Skills and Schedules with Meaningful Jobs

Published on 29 March 2013

No stranger to volunteering, Sarah Parkhurst bustles her way through Wellspring Family Service's Baby Boutique every Thursday, sorting clothing donations, baby equipment, diapers, infant formula, toys, books and other essential items that are then made available at no cost to homeless families in need.

Community HealthCorps Makes a Difference for Low-Income Puget Sound Residents

Published on 29 March 2013

Sea Mar Community Health Centers strives to serve low-income, underserved, and uninsured people and communities with an emphasis on the Latino population.

"Seniors Training Seniors" Volunteers and Students Enjoy Learning, Connecting and Sharing

Published on 29 March 2013

New technology appears daily, seemingly out of nowhere. If you have felt left behind and asked a well-intentioned family member, friend, or even a grandchild to help you, learning something new may have become even more challenging!

Dig In for the Earth

Published on 29 March 2013

April is Earth Day month (Earth Day is April 22), and it's a great time to consider "green volunteering." Many eco-volunteer opportunities involve being outside, and who doesn't want to be outside in the Northwest in the spring and summer?

Healthy Aging Partnership Builds Coalition for Nearly 20 Years

Published on 29 March 2013

The Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) is an informal coalition of more than 30 nonprofit, government, and community organizations—primarily in King County, WA—created to tap into the collective strengths, skills, ideas, and resources of organizations and professionals serving older residents of the Puget Sound region.

Help Make King County Hunger Free

Published on 4 March 2013

It's no surprise that during a time of high unemployment and decreasing government funding, more and more people struggle to make ends meet, but did you know that one in six King County residents will struggle to put food on the table this year?

Time is Money—And It's a Good Thing

Published on 2 January 2013

How would you like to have someone weed your yard for free? Or tutor your child in math? Or de-bug your computer—again, for free?! Timebanking is one way to save you money. And it's happening here in Puget Sound. The only cost?  Some of your time.

News Flash! Free Tax Prep Helps You Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

Published on 2 January 2013

In case you haven't heard, any household making $51,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for FREE from United Way of King County.

Financial Fitness Day Offers Free Money Management Help

Published on 2 January 2013

Year after year, three of the most popular New Year's resolutions remain the same—get a better job, manage debt, and save money. If you're motivated to work on these goals right now, you may wonder where you can turn for help. Fortunately, Financial Fitness Day is on the horizon.

Pike Market Senior Center Caroling Contest Draws Thousands

Published on 28 November 2012

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, now in its 26th figtabulous year, is both a very popular destination event and a fundraiser for Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Free Tax Prep Helps People Keep More of Their Hard-Earned Money

Published on 1 November 2012

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, United Way of King County will help hard-working, low-income people file their tax returns for free next year. 

Advisory Council Reaches Out to Beacon Hill Residents, Partners with Cleveland High School and other Community Groups

Published on 1 August 2012

Early this year, the Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services launched a pilot project on Beacon Hill to let residents know where to find information about aging and disability issues.

Helping Others and Asking for Help When You Need It

Published on 29 June 2012

Everyone can do something for someone else and, in doing so, do something good for themselves.

Disability & the Arts: A Conversation with Andrea Parsek and Kelly Rondou

Published on 2 April 2012

ART is NOT an OPTION! is an innovative art program designed to provide artists with disabilities studio workshops and the opportunity to showcase artwork in the community.

Mayor Seeks Candidates for African American Elders Council

Published on 29 February 2012

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn seeks candidates to fill five positions on the Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE).

Who Do You Know Who Exemplifies Positive Aging?

Published on 29 February 2012

King County is filled with older people whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy.

Active, Connected and Making a Difference

Published on 2 March 2012

Have you noticed the tag line in the new AgeWise King County banner above? "Active, connected and making a difference" was selected for the Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services’ newsletter.

Free Tax Prep Helps You Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Published on 28 December 2011

With the help of hundreds of volunteers every year, United Way of King County helps people file their tax returns and secure all of the refunds and credits for which they're eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.