UW Retirement Association

December 5, 2017

UW Encore December 5

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Retirees Building Stronger Communities

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Making Spirits Bright!


Engagement Opportunities

New UW Program: The Doorway Project – Part of Urban@UW’s Homelessness Research Initiative, the Doorway Project aims to engage the University District’s homeless, street-involved or marginalized youth, UW students and faculty, and University District service providers in innovative and impactful ways. Learn more about this UW effort to address homelessness HERE. Watch future UW Encore digests to learn about ways to get involved in this and other UW community programs.

peacecorpsPeace Corps Application Changes: You Choose!   Based on feedback from retiree volunteers, the Peace Corps’ application process has changed. For the first time in the 56 year history of the program you can now choose the project/country where you’d like to serve. Service is no longer a two year commitment. Opportunities can be as short as three months. See current openings HERE and HERE you’ll find a list of things to consider as an older volunteer.  Want to learn more about the possibility of taking a meaningful adventure? Contact the Peace Corps’ Matt Young at myoung2@peacecorps.gov

King County Holiday Volunteering Opportunities – From a tax perspective the holidays are a good time to make contributions to your favorite charities. Many find that contributions of time to community service are just as valuable now from a psychological perspective. There’s a wide array of ways to connect with and support your community during the holidays. Take a look at THIS holiday volunteering guide from the United Way of King County. Volunteering links for other United Way chapters can be found HERE.


Get ready. It’s coming. July 2018. – Volunteer registration begins in early 2018.

Articles, Resources, Stories

This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life, Inc., February 2017

Here’s some wisdom gleaned from one of the longest longitudinal studies ever conducted.

Ongoing Opportunities List: For a list of other UW programs and community organizations eager for your assistance and now partnered with UW Encore please visit – http://www.washington.edu/uwra/retiree-resources/encore-uw/volunteer/

Share YOUR Story

UW Encore would love to hear about community endeavors you’ve undertaken in your retirement. What’s the most fulfilling thing you’ve done? What advice would you give others about engaging in community opportunities in their retirement? Thanks in advance for sharing!

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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens