UW Retirement Association

May 24, 2018

UW Encore Digest May 2018

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Engaging Experience for the Greater Good



UW Farm – Learn about Sustainable Farming Practices and Put them to Work!

Spring has finally sprung! Consequently, things have very literally come to life on the UW Farm. If you would like to get involved in the opportunities to be part of the sustainable cultivation of produce for multiple UW organizations including the UW Food Pantry, please visit this webpage to learn more about volunteer dates and times and to sign up. Summer hours, Tu, Wed, Fri, Sat – 10am to 2pm and Th evenings from 4-7pm, begin June 11th. More information about the UW Farm, including their annual reports can be found HERE.

Summer Learning Programs

The report “Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning”, shares that “On average, all students lose skills, particularly in mathematics. However, summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students, particularly in reading.” There are multiple opportunities this summer to help students in all grades stay engaged with learning. Here are just a couple:

Seattle World School (SWS) Summer Program – This program serving immigrant and refugee middle and high school students will take place July 3 – August 3, Tuesdays through Fridays. Contact Volunteer Manager, Sieng Douangdala sieng.douangdala@vfaseattle.org  206-252-2251, to learn more about this unique opportunity. Watch an inspiring and informative video about SWS and SWS student, Joshua, HERE.

Youth Tutoring Program – This six week summer program (July 9 – August 16) provides youth with academic assistance, mentorship and encouragement. Volunteers are asked to attend a two hour evening orientation (5:30-7:30pm on June 5, 14, 18 or 27 and to commit to 1.5 hours of service per week at locations in High Point, NewHolly, Rainier Vista, Jackson Park and the Lake Washington Apartments To apply please visit this webpage and click on “Volunteer Now”.


Service + Reflection = Fulfillment

Remaining meaningfully active and avoiding isolation are keys to finding fulfillment not just in retirement but in all phases of life. During the work and child rearing years, activity and community are pretty well covered. However, when you decide that it’s time to move on from your career and the kids (and you!) decide it’s time for them to move out of the family home, questions about identity and purpose may begin to form. That’s why planning psychologically for retirement is just as important as planning financially.

The search for fulfillment in retirement can begin with finding a meaningful way to contribute your time and talent to community needs. UW Encore exists to point UW retirees to chances to connect with both the UW and the greater community. Intentional reflection about the community issue you’re addressing, the personal power it holds for you and your community can deepen the sense of fulfillment you glean from your service.  JV Encore (below) is one way to practice intentional reflection about service work in a group setting. The primary benefit of reflecting on your individual service efforts, their outcomes and your resulting thoughts and feelings with a group of fellow seekers is the insights they can provide. They might also be fascinating people!

Intentional Service and Welcoming Community of Reflection – Jesuit Volunteer EnCorpsJV EnCorps

(JV EnCorps) is now accepting applications for 2018-19!  JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates transformative opportunities for service and reflection for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants meet regularly in community to thoughtfully explore the values of community, simple living and social and ecological justice.  Priority application deadline:  August 15th. For more information contact  JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org or visit www.jvencorps.org.


Urban@UW: Data-Driven Systems Innovation for Future Cities 

UrbanUWUrban@UW is a large network of scholars and practitioners with leaders and supporters engaging in different projects and initiatives across all three campuses. As a founding partner of Livable City Year, each academic year Urban@UW connects one city to faculty and courses at the University of Washington in order to address city-identified issues of livability and sustainability. In 2017-18 Tacoma was the LYC city. Bellevue will be the LVC city in 2018-19. Read about the inaugural partnership with Auburn HERE. Learn more about Urban@UW and see its calendar of opportunities to learn about their work HERE.


Maintaining Campus Connections in Retirement: Have you returned to the UW to lend your skills to a UW program, unit, department or school – either as a volunteer or in a paid capacity? We’d love to hear about your experience as we identify meaningful ways to maintain engagement with the UW. Please email us at uwencore@uw.edu or call 206-685-7728.

Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? Please contact us at uwencore@uw.edu.