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Older Americans Month 2017

May 12, 2017
Older Americans Month 2017

May is Older Americans Month!

This year's theme is Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. This theme shines a light on many important trends -- aging adults are taking charge and trying new things, engaging in their communities, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. Home Share Now is proud to be a vehicle for all of these trends.

Older Americans Month 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today. If you'd like to support the important work accomplished at Home Share Now in partnership with older adults, donating to our spring appeal is a great way to do that. Give here. What's even better is that the Holborn Foundation will match gifts between now and June 30!

Another option (this one is easy) is choose Home Share Now as your benefit when you shop on Amazon. No need to change a thing after selecting us on AmazonSmile. Make the switch here.



WOW -- another great Mud Season Auction!

Thanks to all our bidders we raised over $3,200 -- that's nearly 600 nights of housing for our matches!

We hope you'll join us for next year's auction!



We've got some great Lamoille County home providers -- could you be their match?

Here is a preview of what's available right now:
**Large home to share in rural Wolcott. Home has been shared many times throughout the years. This intellectual, outdoorsy Home Provider is looking for $400- 500/mth. Ideal home sharer would be someone quiet, positive and friendly. Home is also shared with a small dog, another dog may be considered.

**Cozy bedroom in rambling antique farm house in Johnson for $300 month including all utilities and cable TV.  This elder home provider is looking for a reliable, self-sufficient home seeker who is still active.  A person who works full time would be ideal.  The house is neat and clean and this home provider expects someone who would clean up after themselves and keep their room clean and tidy.  Her friends and family describe her as wonderful and caring; easy going; loving and giving; very independent and outgoing; optimistic and talkative; and creative. Garden space available. 

**Rent Free!  Bedroom with large closet, and private bathroom available in this tidy, well maintained Hyde Park mobile home.  This elder is looking to exchange the room for an overnight protective presence and 10 - 12 hours of services to include things like, helping to get a meal, house keeping, gardening and lawn work, and errands. She has children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who live near by.  She loves flowers and planting flowers, "someone who enjoys flower gardening would be lovely."  Home provider would like to share her home with someone who has a calm dog.  

**Share this Morrisville home with a man in his mid 70's looking for companionship, shared meals, some transportation, and a protective presence. Someone interested in joining him at church would be a bonus. Depending on services, any financial contribution to the home will be negotiated. The home is in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to downtown. No pets and no smoking.

**This couple in their 80's have been married for 65 years and they have a very nice, private, and partially furnished apartment in Jeffersonville to offer to the right person for $400/month which includes heat and hot water. The ideal match perhaps works part time, leaving enough time in the day to provide 10 - 12 hours of services per week to include assistance with laundry, a bit of companionship, and a few meals per week.

Email or call Laura for more information. 802-479-8543 or lmahan@homesharenow.org 



Still Recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA
Term starts August 28

Bring your interest in persuasive writing, design, social networking, research, and nonprofit management to Home Share Now. You will get your fill of writing (both grants and marketing), ad design, social networking, donor research, and nonprofit management. While this position will dabble in a variety of tasks, the majority of activities will be in the realms of development, fundraising, and marketing -- you'll work side-by-side our Executive Director.

For more information, visit the full position description.

In addition to the standard VISTA benefits, you will participate in monthly trainings that help you succeed in service and achieve future goals. Topics include personality and leadership styles, personal career plan development, time management and project management, communication skills, grant writing, cultural competency, resume writing, and job search strategies. Each member also receives a training fund so that they can find and attend training and professional conferences that align with their individual goals.

Interested persons can apply here or submit a cover letter and resume to cgoodwin@homesharenow.org