Community Resources

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BetterTogether
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This initiative of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government calls for a nationwide campaign to redirect a downward spiral of civic apathy and offers a framework for sustained, broad-based social change to restore America’s civic virtue. Provides interactive ways to learn how Americans are connecting as well as tools and strategies for how to connect.
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National Council on Aging
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Brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults from finding jobs and benefits, to improving their health, and remaining active in their communities.
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National Center for Creative Aging
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A national clearinghouse dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and quality of life for older adults. Focuses on three target areas: Health and Wellness; Lifelong Learning; and Community Engagement.
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Second Journey
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A social-change organization helping to birth a new vision of the rich possibilities of later life. Focuses on opening new avenues for individual growth and spiritual deepening, renewing an ethic of service and mentoring, creating new models of community, and marshaling the wisdom and experience of elders to address pressing social issues.
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The Intergenerational Center
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Strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creating opportunities for lifelong civic engagement. The Center is part of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University.
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Urban Libraries Council
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As a membership organization of North America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) serves as a forum for thought leaders sharing best practices resulting from targeted research, education and emerging trends. ULC programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities, with initiatives in four strategic areas: 1) enhancing recognition of the strategic value of the 21st century library as an essential asset within the community, 2) leading education and lifelong learning initiatives in public libraries, 3) spearheading new research that supports the digital evolution, and 4) building libraries’ capacity to serve as a key partner for local sustainability.
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National Council for Aging Care
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Offers a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
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Vital Aging Network
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Promotes self-determination, civic engagement, and personal growth for people as they age, through education, leadership development, and opportunities for connection. Also offers a Vital Communities Toolkit that helps planners measure their communities against key assets that support vital aging.
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WomanSage
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Provides opportunities and education to enhance and empower older women - their families, careers and communities.
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The World Café
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This is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. World Café can be modified to meet a wide variety of needs. Specifics of context, numbers, purpose, location, and other circumstances are factored into each event's unique invitation, design, and question choice.

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