APRIL 2020 whistlestop.org Marinâ€™s Older Adult Community Connection Since 1954
Pg 2: Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pg 3: How to Participate in the Marin 2020 Census Pg 4: Thank You to our Whistlestop Volunteers
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UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
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You Deserve to be Counted! By Stephanie McNally Advocacy and policy senior manager, Census 2020
n invitation to the 2020 Census is on its way to you! We have one chance every 10 years for a fair count of everyone living in our community.
How will the new census process work? Between March 12 - 20 you will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to participate in the 2020 Census. You will be given the option to respond either online or by phone at that time. The traditional paper census form will arrive in a mailing sent April 8 - 16. A census taker will visit you to complete your census questionnaire beginning in May if you have not responded by the end of April.
Real Census Bureau employees will NOT ask for your full Social Security number, for money or donations, or for bank or credit card numbers. Check to make sure that the census takers has a valid identification badge
What happens if I’m missed? You won’t be represented in the census for the next decade. While a few unrepresented residents shouldn’t affect a community’s federal funding, if many in your area go uncounted, then federal money — or representation — that would rightly go to your region would go to other communities or states. (Your personal benefits like Social Security and Medicare won’t be affected.)
As the number of older residents in Marin County increases, how will the census improve their lives? A recent AARP survey shows that most older adults want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. Filling out the census could increase the likelihood of that happening. Census data will be used over the coming decade to decide where
to place parks, roads and hospitals. It will determine funding for community projects that benefit people of all ages, including mass transit, which helps many people remain in their homes longer. Get secure confidential help at a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center hosted by trusted Marin Census partners. To find a center near you, visit marincensus2020.org.
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How do I know someone claiming to be from the census isn’t a scam artist?
with his or her photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. If you still suspect fraud, call the Census Bureau at 800-923-8282 to speak to a representative.
There is currently limited impact of COVID-19 to actual census operations as most people will have the opportunity to be counted by phone (844-330-2020) or online (my2020census.gov). Should the public health risk increase, the US Census Bureau will enact measures they have prepared as noted in their recent statement on census.gov.
Thank You, Whistlestop Volunteers! In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation week, we would like to recognize and thank the 324 volunteers who have given over 22,421 hours of time, expertise and service to Whistlestop’s programs and activities during this past year. This contribution has a value of $647,948 to Whistlestop!
We thank you from the bottom of our
Hours of Volunteer Service from February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020 640 492 439 372 361 331 328 310
Barbara Olson James Appenrodt Jean Harrison Lee Spiegel Mehrbanoo Esmaili Karen Raccanello Greg Schreader John Kampmeyer
200 – 300 Hours Stephanie DalPorto Lee Loretz Arnold Luber Nancy Malcolm Michael Navone Richard Violet Janis Walsh Carol Wolfe
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150 – 200 Hours Judith Arago David Brusati Dolores Duarte Christina Fisher Susan Garcia Sandy Haevernick Christy Hayes Cecelia Kudlick Jim Kunz Theani Louskos Rabel Mangahas Blair Ogden Daisy Sagebiel Elizabeth Schaffer Steven Travers Paula Zand
100 – 150 Hours Paula Antonio Margy Ayotte Wayne Baker Barbara Begley Carol Braddock Helen Cameron Frank Cassou Elsa Castellani David Champagne
Ernesto Chavez Donna Childers Carol Costa Tom Curtin Jane Day Lisa Dunlap Bill Edelen Kathy Evers Janice Fong Joyce Gordon Edward Greenberg Ann Haenggi Lynne Hayes Patrick Heagerty Beverly Houston Molly Hynes Richard Jenkins Juliana Kaye Karyn Kennedy James Koger Fira Kriventsov Bill Lawler David Levy Doris McKee Terry McKinney Linda Miller Gayle Moore Judith Morris Phoebe Moyer Mary An Muirhead Karen Noreen John Noren Gloria Perdue Laurie Peterson James Poindexter Ginny Preston Debra Ragsdale Betty Rappaport Bobbe Rigler David Ripp Joey Robinow Gregory Schilz Tom Schmidt Edward Sempliner Christopher Senn Jane Summers Farhad Taleghani
Bob Valentino Dirk VanWaart Bill Wagner Beverly Windle Susan Woodhouse Diane Yates 50 – 100 Hours Joseph Adams Georgia Anker Glenn Axworthy Diana Bokaie Marlene Bonham Nancy Boos Dana Brewer Katherine Brinnier Dan Ceral Alan Charne Patrick Charton William Clarke Mike Delgado June Detjen Roger Diehnel Roger Douglas Susan Duncan Ariana Dunphy Neil Edwards Martha Giblas John Hauserman Lee Heagerty Annemarie Hellmann Jill Hutchinson Pamela Kelley Ted Kreines Carsten Kristensen Roger Kuhn Edith Lonergan Elizabeth Lynn David MacLam Vivian Malcy Herta McCready Daniel McKay Amy Metzenbaum Douglas Milani Dale Mullen Kathy Mullen Lotus Ning
Margaret O'Hanlon Rich Petovello Kathleen Pile Sue Poinsett Kendall Rhoads Bob Rigler Laurie Rosencranz Fred Ruhland Howard Schwartz Sandy Slater Martin Sleath Jean Stumpf Monique Turner Janna Ullrey Rich Walcoff Todd Wiedenmayer Susan Woodrum Under 50 Hours Joanna Abrams Wendy Albrecht Aleksandra Alvarez Laura Bachman Barbara Banks Sheila Barlow Dan Bastien Aimee Benedict Jody Benson Mary Biddle Janet Bosnich Linda Bradley Melissa Bradley Susan Brautovich Katharine Brewer Anne Briggin Mary Brooks Therese Bruton Kathy Budzinski Kathleen Burch Julie Burford Stan Burford Carol Butler Thom Calandra Jimna Calmell Lauren Carmichael Mary Caruso Michelle Castro
Sylvia Certo Tyree Clay Jessie Conlin Jim Costello Tinille Crichfield Christine D'Ambra Hillary Davis Julia Davis June Davis Hardy Dawainis Ray DeLeon Terry Descalso Liliana Diaz Leonette Eide Hillary Elder AJ Filley Brown Robert Fithian Lenore Fithian Bob Freundt Diana Freundt Aileen Friedman Christine Gallais Kris Geller Jennifer Ghidinelli Jules Gitelman Nicole Gleeson Betsy Guthrie Ronald Hagen Rebecca Hammett David Hanchette Muriel Harris Gillian Hayward Priscilla Hopkins Janey Houghton Karen Howard Whitney Hoyt Dixie James Clara Jawerbaum Donald Johns Patricia Jones Kay Karchevski Tay Kern Susan Kerr Patricia King Charlotte Kobayashi Judy Lampear Barbara Leicht
Bill Levinson Vicky Loel Molly Lomenzo Katherine Look Victor Low Marvin Lundwall Kelly Lynch Zack Macdonald Elizabeth MacQuarrie Nancy Malcom Mitchell Marriott Debbie McGougan Janet McKee Emanuel McLemore Sue Mcquinn Karen Michel Roberta Michels Nancy Miljanich Mary Mizroch Stephen Mizroch Pam Munter Kasja Murphy Lori Noack Minette Norman Linnea O'brien Gregory O'Hara Joan Owen Bonnie Page Lisa Pasquinelli Isabella Pasquinelli-Cato Bogi Pataki-Barothi Kathleen Paylor Michael Pile Mike Pile Suzanna Pollak Doug Pringle Ann Raab Isabel Raab Whitney Raab Joan Ravetto Laurie Reese John Reuscher Sheri Rice Amy Rice Daniel Rice Frank Ridley Theresa Rodriguez
A special thank you to the Whistlestop Board of Directors. These community leaders give countless hours advising and guiding us through our daily work: Dennis Ryan, President • Beth Reizman, Vice President • Tom Bonomi, Treasurer • Fabia Butler, Secretary Directors: Sharon Jackson • Bob Sonnenberg • Cynthia Wuthmann • Paul Castro • Kevin Hogan • Doug Reilly • Stan Moore Thank you to our Capital Campaign Advisors: Dennis & Susan Gilardi • Allan Bortel • Maria Pitcairn • Matt Taddei • Walter Kopp
BE A LOCAL
Learn how at the monthly Volunteer Fair held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00 – 4:00pm. Contact:
930 Tamalpais Avenue | San Rafael | whistlestop.org
Fran Rondeau Gabriela Rosenfeld Kristan Ruona Jim Sauve Kimberley Schaffer Margo Schein Maggie Schuh Michael Semler Ann Seramin Shelly Sharp Valerie Shearer Vera Shostakovich Sharon Silver Miriam Silver Esti Skloot Diana Smith Bill Sockolov Peter Standish Terry Stempel Janis Stone Kailyn Story Edith Struss Vida Sullivan Peter Tabet Irene Tabet Jeannie Thomas Marie Thouin Linda Tichy William Tichy Lucy Tsao Marie Tyler William Tyler Alexander Valentino Sepideh Valentino Michael Vaughn Desiree Vaughn Richard Vidor Shay Walling Brigette Waterbury Kathleen Waterbury Matt White Michael Whyte David Wilkinson Chris Williams Cynthia Wuthmann Linda Zipperstein
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations Mrs. Esmaili! citizenship classes over the years. When she’s not running the weekly Persian Social Group, you
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Mehrbanoo Esmaili, pictured with Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Heir at the 2019 Heart of Marin Awards
that has become Mrs. Esmaili’s hallmark. The positive impact that Mrs. Esmaili’s selfless efforts have made on Whistlestop members and the Marin community at large is difficult to measure. She has served as interpreter, attorney and advisor to hundreds. She helps new immigrants find jobs, housing, and community, and she is a friend to all. For those missing their native land, spending time with Mrs. Esmaili brings them closer to home while feeling welcomed in their new country and community. Mrs. Esmaili estimates that she has helped 400 Persians gain citizenship through Whistlestop’s
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e couldn’t be more thrilled for and proud of our longtime Whistlestop friend and volunteer, Mehrbanoo Esmaili, for winning the prestigious 2019 Heart of Marin Award for Volunteer of the Year! Thrilled and proud – yes, but not surprised. In 2019 alone, this volunteer powerhouse dedicated 394 hours to Whistlestop, and an astonishing 900 total hours of volunteer service to her Persian community. It’s rare that you meet someone who defies superlatives. But from the time she walked through Whistlestop’s doors 22 years ago, Mrs. Esmaili has done just that, raising the bar for what the word “volunteer” means. Mrs. Esmaili came to the U.S. from Persia with her husband and 2 sons in 1979. A practicing attorney in her country of origin, she could have continued in law, but chose instead to volunteer her time, teaching future generations about the culture and language of her native land so it would not become lost. When she was offered a paid position at Whistlestop in 1997, she once again felt that volunteering her time would be best. Turning down a paid position in order to be of maximum service is the kind of pure commitment and dedication
can usually find her in the Jackson Café, celebrating a Persian holiday, a new citizenship, an anniversary or a birthday. She brings happiness and joy to all of us at Whistlestop and the many friends she’s made along the way.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY: LEARNING THROUGH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
“Friday mornings are quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. I have gained so much insight while working with the wonderful volunteers that have been coming for a long time. This week we had a lot of produce and beverage
options for the community which made my heart warm knowing they are well taken care of.” – Lauren, Brown Bag Pantry service-learning student
“One [client] always states how seeing us is the highlight of his week and I feel exactly the same. Knowing they are happy to see us even for the short period of time makes me feel just as happy to see them.” –Nicole, Meals on Wheels service-learning student “I found that I already made bonds with the other older volunteers who were hustling and bustling (sometimes faster than me). This was exciting and gave me yet another reason to be excited about my Service Learning. I look forward to getting to know my own community more, as well as offering any help I can give.” –Lilian, Jackson Café service-learning student Lilian
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from community wisdom, and put their education into action. Whistlestop has been partnering with Dominican for six years, and this semester, we’ve been thrilled to welcome 6 service-learning students to our Whistlestop family. Four students are delivering Meals on Wheels, one is working in the Brown Bag Pantry and another is working in the Jackson Café. Learning about the lives of others and developing an understanding of how we all contribute to the issues of social justice not only impacts the community at large, but each of us as individuals. We are impressed by the insights these young volunteers have shared with us, we salute Dominican University for this forward-thinking program, and thank them for their partnership!
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ominican University has been offering service- learning, a concept that dates back to the 1980s, for the last 15 years. This unique educational approach integrates meaningful community engagement with academic curriculum. Students improve their understanding of social justice issues through weekly engagement with community members at community partner sites. In this way, they experience the relevance and importance of what they learn in class firsthand, learn
2020 is bringing new changes to Marin Transit programs and fares!
Important Updates to Marin Transit Fares & Programs
Changes to Marin Transit Connect
This February, Marin Transit Connect, Marin Transit’s on-demand, accessible pilot program, was expanded to serve downtown
San Rafael, including the Whistlestop Active Aging Center, and expanded areas in Santa Venetia, Marinwood and Lucas Valley. Fares for Connect were adjusted to a distance-based pricing of $4 per mile, and Marin Access riders can take advantage of a discounted $3 flat fare. Monthly passes are also available to the general public for $80 and to Marin Access riders for $40. Share the ride because extra riders are only $1 per passenger! For more information and a link to download the app on your smartphone (iPhone or Android), create an account and request a ride. Use the promocode DOWNTOWN to get $10 in free ride credit! Do not have a smartphone? Contact the Travel Navigators at (415) 454-0902 or visit connect.marintransit.org, to get started, find out if you are eligible for Marin Access pricing, or learn more about the program.
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n February 2020, Marin Transit’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a staff proposal on changes to Marin Transit fare policies, Marin Access program eligibility, and the LowIncome Fare Assistance program. The adopted plan includes changes to local bus pass programs, Catch-A-Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and paratransit fares, the reimbursement rate for STAR & TRIP volunteer driver programs, the LowIncome Fare Assistance program, and eligibility standards for Marin Access programs. All changes will be effective July 1, 2020. To learn more about the policy changes, please visit marintransit.org/ farepolicy2019.
As an Essential Service defined by the County of Marin’s new Shelter in Place Order, Whistlestop Nourish and Meals on Wheels continue to be in full operation, delivering vital nutrition to the homes of those in need. We are seeking volunteers to deliver these life-sustaining meals. We will also continue our CarePool volunteer driver program to get older adults to essential medical appointments. New safety measures are in place for volunteers and clients. Please email email@example.com or call 415-456-9067 for details.
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Organizing Your Physical & Financial Assets By Yvonne Roberts Whistlestop Chief Donor Relations Officer
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s we age, it can downsizing and organizing be challenging to their lives. Barb provides keep track of all of her clients with one-on-one our physical and financial support to help them remain belongings. Getting your independent through their assets, documents, and next chapter. household organized is This presentation is often overwhelming, but Wednesday, April 15, 9:30Estate Planning can help 10:45am in Whistlestop’s Yvonne Roberts you make decisions for your Jackson Café. Kindly future, mitigate legal and register at our front desk or by calling administrative expenses, and bring 415-456-9062 x100. (Due to the ease to your family and friends. COVID-19 precautions, please check This month, join Barb Lyon for a to ensure that this event is still taking presentation about how to set up place.) customized organization systems that Join us on the third Wednesday of reduce stress and help you protect each month and hear from experts on your private personal and financial a wide range of Estate Planning and information. Barb is a Daily Money aging-related topics. Whistlestop’s 2020 Manager and the founder of RelyOnB, Estate Planning Series is sponsored by a trusted network of service providers Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and aimed at offering clients personalized financial advice and tools for Funeral Home in Novato.
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DOUBLE YOUR DONATION Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation or your volunteer time.
MAKE A PLANNED GIFT
Name Whistlestop in your will, trust or as a beneficiary of an annuity, life insurance policy, IRA or retirement plan.
VOLUNTEER • Become a CarePool volunteer driver • Deliver Meals on Wheels • Serve or Cashier in the Jackson Café • Teach a class
MAIL A DONATION (Check or Credit Card) Mailing address: Whistlestop 930 Tamalpais Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901 Whistlestop.org/Donate 415-456-9062 X4800