n4a 2014 Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Designed by and for Area Agencies on Aging, Title VI tribal aging programs and local community professionals in aging and disability services, the n4a Conference delivers answers on aging in stimulating general sessions with national experts; workshops that highlight cutting edge issues and best practices programs; and one-on-one conversations in the hallways, Tradeshow and networking functions that enable you to connect and share information with your colleagues.
Volunteer Track Workshops:
Sunday, July 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
s20) Achieving Impact and Mission Through new n4a Volunteer Development Model – Powerup!
Room: Reunion C
Of the 10,000 people who turn 65 in the U.S. every day, approximately 6,000 of them retire. These new retirees are healthier, relatively wealthier, more skilled, and more motivated than ever to give back to their communities in their encore years. Yet,they shun many of the old volunteer models—one-offs, envelope-stuffing, and other short-stint activities that they often do not find fulfilling. Increasingly, organizations are engaging volunteers to address critical needs and gaps in services—advancing innovative transportation solutions, and making their communities more livable for all ages. New research highlights how volunteers produce a higher return to organizations that make an investment in volunteer development,and shows ways to tap the vast expertise of today’s volunteers while challenging them to continue growing personally and professionally. The result is that the research-based practices align the critical needs of organizations with the interests and motivations of a new volunteer cohort.
• Virginia Dize, Co-Director, National Center on Senior Transportation, n4a, Washington, DC
• Tom Endres, Director, Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative, n4a, Washington, DC
• Stephanie Firestone, Director, Livable Communities Collaborative, n4a, Washington, DC
Monday, July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
m07) How to ensure the safety of Your Volunteers, Clients and program Without reinventing the Wheel Room
You’ve attracted enthusiastic and talented volunteers to your program, thanks to your creative staff and your compelling program mission. Have you made sure there’s a good fit between prospective volunteers and your program? Do you sometimes have volunteers going above and beyond the call and accidentally putting themselves, or even your clients and your program reputation, at risk? The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program has tackled these issues at the national level, making SMPs safer for both volunteers and beneficiaries and decreasing liability exposure. In this workshop, you will learn from their experiences and get hands-on practice assessing your own program for potential risks. You will be provided with sample surveys, checklists and forms developed for SMP but applicable and customizable for any volunteer program in the Aging Network.
• Ginny Paulson, SMP Resource Center Director, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Waterloo, IA
• Jason Echols, MSW, Heath Care Consumer Protection Coordinator, AgeOptions, Oak Park, IL
- Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Administered by:National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)