UW Retirement Association

January 24, 2018

UW Encore January 2018

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Engaging Experience for the Greater Good

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to the UW Encore Digest. We are pleased to announce that this monthly electronic publication is now being sent to UWRA membership.  This digest is designed to serve as a resource for retirees who want to learn about service opportunities in our community. Ways to continue to be part of the UW community and its mission are at the core of what will be highlighted. We hope that the engagement opportunity announcements, stories about fellow retirees’ service experiences, and articles about the value of purposeful pursuits in retirement will give you a spark of inspiration and a sense of connection. Watch for this message in your email inbox on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  If you would prefer not to receive this message in the future please unsubscribe by sending an email to uwencore@uw.edu with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line.


Community Engagement as Self-Care

by Bob Roseth, retired Director of UW News and Information

One of the major changes that I made in my life after retiring was to pay more attention to the condition of my body.  Accordingly, I go to the gym every other day. I try to eat a diet rich in vegetables and whole grains. I try to get a good night’s sleep every night.

And I volunteer. (Read the rest of the story HERE.)


UW Food Pantry – February 21, 11am – 3pm (two hour shifts) – the HUB: UW Encore plans to have a group of retirees at the February 21st pantry at the HUB (two hour shifts from 11am to 3pm). See UW retiree Margi Wadden’s report about her pantry experience below. Please consider being part of this and other Any Hungry Husky program opportunities to ensure that no Husky goes hungry during her/his pursuit of knowledge, skills and a bright future. Contact uwpantry@uw.edu today.

Rare Plant Monitoring Training, Seattle – February 24, 2018 (all day) – UW Botanical Gardens:

If you’d like to visit some of the most beautiful ecosystems in Washington State to collect data on rare plant populations, consider becoming a rare plant monitor. This opportunity is sure to deepen your commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and provide you with contact with some of the state’s premier native ecosystems. Monitors are required to take the day long training and to complete at least two monitoring assignments over two years. The training application deadline is February 16. Learn more about the program and apply HERE.

The Doorway Project Second Pop Up Café – February 25 – Noon-4pm at the U Heights Community Center:  The UW, in a partnership among faculty, student and community service agencies is holding “pop up” cafes this academic year in an effort to make services accessible for homeless young people who for whatever reason aren’t connected to shelter, food, medical care and case management. The ultimate goal is to establish a neighborhood hub and navigation center specifically for homeless young people. Learn more about The Doorway Project and how you can contact them to get involved in the February 25 pop up cafe HERE.

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games – July 1-7 – Multiple venues: More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from 50 states’ and D.C.’s Special Olympics programs will be coming to Seattle when the UW hosts the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this July. UW Encore/UWRA is forming a volunteer team of 30 volunteers for the Bocce Ball competition which will take place on July 3rd and 4th at the Dempsey Track and Field facility. Bring your friends and family (children volunteering must be over the age of 12) to be part of this experience that transforms lives through sport. Please contact uwencore@uw.edu for more information.


Addressing Students’ Food Insecurity: My UW Food Pantry Experience

by Margi Wadden, retired Administrative Operations Director, Office  of Chief System Officer, Harborview Medical Center  

UW’s Food Pantry, part of the Any Hungry Husky program, helps students with insufficient funds to access groceries. Surprisingly, food insecurity is not an inconsequential issue on campus. Indicators suggest that it is a growing problem. In fall quarter of 2016 when the Division of Student Life first launched the UW Food Pantry, 265 UW students were served and 2000 pounds of food was distributed. Since then the numbers of donations and people served continue to increase. The pop-up pantries, located on the Seattle campus at the HUB and Ethnic Cultural Center, take place every two weeks throughout the academic year. The food comes mostly from donations, both food and monetary. (Read the rest of the report HERE.)


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 for sharing!

Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? Please contact uwencore@uw.edu with any questions, comments or ideas you have.