Whistlestop NOVEMBER 2011
The Leading Information Resource for Marin's Active Aging Movement
2010/11 Annual Report Edition
Whistlestop bus driver Lucelle, with client David Rose.
ith Marin County’s population aging at a rapidly increasing rate, we all share in the responsibility of helping our older parents and neighbors and friends live active, engaged lives for as long as possible. Whistlestop clients have greatly benefited from the generosity you have extended to Whistlestop with your donations. Our services are extensive and vital to the health of aging adults in Marin: Whistlestop Buses: Transportation is a major part of what we do – public transit
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funding doesn’t allow us to cover our annual costs and it doesn’t allow us to transport everyone in need. Would your grandmother be better off with door-to-door service and a driver who will make sure she gets home safely? With your support, we can expand our transportation services and our personal ride service to more poeople who need help. Jackson Café: We serve 11,000 weekday lunches a year and this number climbing since we have only charged older adults $4 a meal, we operate
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the Jackson Café at a deficit. Your donation will help cover this deficit and allow us to expand our food services to include weekends and to offer fee-based home delivery. Education: We offer six to eight classes per day, five days a week, at our San Rafael Active Aging Center. Your support will allow us to expand and offer classes in other locations to reach those in need throughout Marin County. Help Desk: Clients receive professional assistance and/or referral in income tax preparation, counseling and health-related matters, immigration and other legal issues. Social Interaction: A primary goal of Whistlestop is to end isolation and loneliness for older adults. Our center is a social hub, where people gather to play cards and other games, attend dances, fashion shows and parties. Themes reflect the multicultural richness of our community. We can’t do all of this without our wonderful volunteers and donors. continued on page 7
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PERSPECTIVE by JOe O'Hehir Volunteers: The Backbone of Our Active Aging Services
his month’s edition of the who host our front desk recepWhistlestop Express includes tion area. And, volunteers like the annual report to our donors. Rocio, Joyce, and Nathan, who The report describes how donor drive older adults who are in funds are used to help our cli- need of a ride in our new Volunents. In addition to the monetary teer Driver Program. contributions we receive, Whis- Whistlestop volunteers are tlestop is very fortunate to have treated like our paid staff. a hearty and generous core of They are recruited, screened, volunteers. Without the selected, trained, and contribution of time that placed into various jobs our volunteers provide More than throughout the organius, we would not be able 100 active zation, and have work to offer the variety and schedules. Volunteers breadth of Whistlestop’s volunteers adhere to Whistlestop’s Active Aging Services. provide shared values of team M o r e t h a n 1 0 0 more than work, service, integrity, a c t ive volu nt e er s respect, communicaprovide more than 1,000 tions, and account1,000 hours of their hours ability. Instead of a t i m e a n nu a l l y t o paycheck, volunteers W histlestop. Volun- annually. receive appreciation, teers like Jean, Scott, recognition, and a feeland Molly, who help ing of self-satisfaction serve meals to our Jackson that they have helped our cliCafé clients and guests. Volun- ents stay active and engaged. teers like Thomas, Kelly, and We seem to never have enough Shirley who teach one of Whis- volunteers to meet the growtlestop’s Active Aging classes. ing demand for Whistlestop’s Volunteers like Price, Gene and programs and services. If you Lois, who instruct and provide are interested in volunteering, client support in our computer please contact us. We would love lab. Volunteers like Orville, to have you join the Whistlestop Georgia, Susan, and Janice, family of volunteers. Give us a who staff our Information and call today and get started! You Referral Center Help Desk. Vol- will not regret it. F unteers like Frank and Lucille, Joe O’Hehir is CEO of Whistlestop.
EASY Give Back Tuesday! Every Tuesday, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax donates a percentage of its proceeds to a local cause or organization. On Tuesday, November 15th Whistlestop will be the beneficiary, starting at 4pm! Go enjoy a delicious meal, support a locally-owned restaurant and Whistlestop. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 485-1005.
WRITE IN Send Grandma Dee Dee a Birthday Card and Make Her Day at Age 99
ear Whistlestop Express Readers: My grandmother, Dolores Hoyt Â (everyone calls her â€œGrandma Dee Deeâ€?), turned 99 in September. She is also Rick Jacksonâ€™s greatgrandmother. I thought it would really brighten her day, even after the fact, if we could get 99 people to send her a birthday greeting. It doesnâ€™t even have to be a purchased birthday card. Just write her a note. A bit about Grandma Dee Dee: She lives by herself, loves gardening in her yard.Â Sheâ€™s a fabulous cook and prepares delicious, balanced, three-course meals made from scratch, every day, three times a day. Never eats fast food or microwave food, but she sure does love dessert. Â Music: Grandma Dee Dee, age 99, sits on She loves the Black a Vespa, just for fun Eyed Peas, Rod Stewart and Justin Bieber. Some of her favorite shows that she never misses are Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and Two & A Half Men. Until the age of 86, she golfed every week, always walking the course without a cart. Obviously, at 99 years of age, many of Grandma Dee Deeâ€™s friends, neighbors, her husband, and even her daughter, have already passed away. So that limits the birthday wishes and cards she is accustomed to receiving. Your help is greatly appreciated and will be thoroughly enjoyed each time she reads and rereads every card, over and over again. Please send all cards and notes to: Grandma Dee Dee or Dolores Hoyt c/o Â Buchanan P.O. Box 12296 Orange, CA 92859 Thank you, JoAnn Buchanan F
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