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November 4 - November 12


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The much-awaited news of the 2011 Purpose Prize winners has been announced by Civic Ventures! Five outstanding age 60+ social entrepreneurs will receive $100,000 for using their passion and experience to make an extraordinary impact on some of society's biggest challenges. This year, for the first time, one of the five prizes – The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation – will be sponsored by AARP. Through a collaboration with Civic Ventures, Coming of Age can help arrange to have a Purpose Prize winner speak to your organization; click here to find out more.

David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author, is asking a favor. If you are over 70, he would like you to write a brief report on your life so far--an evaluation of what you did well (and not so well) and what you learned along the way. His reasons are that he believes we have too few formal moments of self-appraisal in our culture, and more importantly, that these essays will help young people understand how careers and families evolve and the blessings of modern adulthood. So, collect your insights and send them to He's hoping to publish columns and online reports around Thanksgiving.

Can being a family caregiver actually have physical and mental benefits? Hard to believe when you realize how draining, relentless, and demanding a role it can be. A few new studies are disabusing the traditional beliefs and are showing that there can be both health advantages, lower mortality rates for caregivers, and better scores on memory tests. Those who are doing well describe the rewards in psychological, emotional and even spiritual terms: growing confidence in one's abilities, feelings of personal satisfaction, increased family closeness.

The long-awaited retirement of the millions of baby boomers born between 1945 and 1964 has begun...for some. But Fortune magazine reports that many employees aren't ready to say goodbye and some companies don't want to lose them. For pharmaceutical, technology and engineering companies, losing experienced employees can lead to a brain drain. In a recent AARP survey of 1,000 human resources directors, 69% said that their companies are looking to keep older workers as part-time workers and consultants; 46% are trying to entice older workers to stay on full-time. Does that mean you only need half the number of golf clubs you bought for retirement?

The need for intimacy is ageless, and as this article in Philadelphia's Gay News points out, people never outgrow their need for affection and emotional closeness-- sometimes referred to as “skin hunger.” Aging changes perspectives on sex and sexuality, but our need for caring and comforting touch is as strong as ever, even if a partner is ill or there are physical disabilities. This message really resonates for older gay men and lesbian women who have dealt with so much prejudice about their relationships, especially as they age.

Coming Soon

The Morris Arboretum is offering a three-session workshop, "Connections Beyond Our Garden: Talks on People, Plants and Place," that is designed to stimulate and enrich gardeners and non gardeners alike with presentations in the arts, humanities, sciences, sustainability, ornithology, and travel. The series is specifically scheduled for those who are available during the day. To learn about the remaining lectures (November 9th and December 7th) and get involved, click here.

Most people will agree that biking is a healthy, efficient way to get around town. But, how to make it safe and efficient takes some serious planning. That's where you can help! The Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Bicycle Coalition will be conducting focus groups examining attitudes and experiences about walking and biking in Philadelphia and need residents to take part in discussions ove the next few months. Those interested are asked to complete a quick, confidential 10-question survey. You will be contacted if chosen.

Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure. European countries are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy...and the world's billionaires are getting richer faster than ever before. As those protesting in cities throughout the world have been camping out to prove, something has to give. What changes need to be made to overcome this world economic crisis? David Harvey, a critic of postmodern society and Professor of Geography and Anthropology at City University of New York will be offering his thoughts at a free lecture on November 30th, at Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, at 5 p.m.


Every year, tens of thousands of people across the tri-state area come together to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving those in need. More than 75,000 participants were engaged in over 1,200 King Day projects last winter. The goal for this year is to further expand the Day's impact and serve even more individuals. Global Citizen, which coordinates the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, is now registering volunteer projects for next year’s events on Monday, January 16, 2012. To sign up to host a project, contact Rachel Turner at 215-665-2459.

Have We Got an Opportunity For You
Type: Paid

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is seeking a Client Relations Coordinator for Ticket Philadelphia to help ensure that there is a high level of customer service, a timely flow of information and date, an optimatization of marketing efforts, and an increase in sales and fees. The Client Relations Coordinator works with the Managing Director, Patron Services, and Box office staff and serves on the Ticket Philadelphia Management team. To learn more about this full-time opportunity, keep reading.

A part-time Administrative Assistant is needed by Childspace CDI, a non-profit organization based in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, that provides early education teachers and employees childcare skills, leadership, experience and opportunities. This organization is looking for a highly organized person with at least two years of administrative experience. Responsibilities include database system maintenance, office supply purchasing, typing, filing, telephone duties, maintaining files, and calendars. Click here for more information and to apply.

Categories: Benefits, Taxes, Volunteers
Type: Unpaid

Volunteer this tax season to help Philadelphia families save money and build assets! The Campaign for Working Families is training more than 600 volunteers to serve at 11 tax sites conveniently located across the city in two different areas. Become a Volunteer Resource Builder and connect hardworking families to public benefits, quality financial services, and saving options. Or be a Volunteer Tax Preparer and connect families to valuable tax credits. No experience is necessary; all volunteers will be trained and certified to provide these valuable services. Sign up today at!

Categories: Artists, Performance
Type: Unpaid

Volunteer for the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art (November 10-20)! In exchange for your help, you will receive vouchers towards FREE TICKETS to First Person Festival programs. Your responsibilities will include brochure distribution and tabling at community events before the festival and assisting in the front of the house, in technical areas, and offering the artists hospitality. To learn more about volunteering and to download a sign-up form, visit the Volunteer page at or e-mail

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