Northeast Meeting Notes - March 22, 2010 

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Northeast Regional Meeting of the Volunteer Management Network
of the SERVE Illinois Commission
Monday, March 22, 2010
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Shah Center for Corporate Training
& Illinois Small Business Development Center
4100 W Shamrock Lane
McHenry, IL 60050

Welcome

Both Pat Stejskal, Acting Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, McHenry County College and Rebecca Stiemke Executive Director, United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center welcomed attendees to the lovely Shah Center.

Updates

  • Lisa Hilgenberg, ICOVA Chair and Manager of Volunteer Services, Wellness House provided an update on Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA). It will be held on May 13 and 14th at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Early Bird registration will be $130 and will be available the first two weeks of April. Regular registration will be $160 and if space is available the day of the event, registration will be $180.
  • Barb Tubekis, Commissioner and Executive Director, The Volunteer Center (serving Northeast Suburban Chicago) reported on the Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI). She provided an overview of VCI and all of the ways they serve their unique communities. VCI will host the reception after ICOVA on 5/13, along with partners DAVA and AVA-MC.

Program

  • Jane Angelis, director, editor, Continuance Magazine and project director, Generations Serving Generations, Center for Health Law and Policy, IU School of Law, provided some interesting statistics about the growth of the segment of older adults in the United States and the characteristics of the four generations. She also shared information about 2010: the Year of the Engaged Older Adult and the Generations Serving Generations initiative. Hand-outs provided the history and background and outlined the 102 Illinois Counties and 13 Area Agencies on Aging that are the focus for Generations Serving Generations. Slides are attached.
  • HURRAH Program
    (Happy Upbeat Retirees [and other] Residents Actively Helping)
    Russ Marineau, director, HURRAH and Nina Menis, director, Community Relations, District 203, Naperville
  • The View of Intergenerational from the Aging Network
    Lucia West Jones, executive director
    Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging

SERVE IL Commission Update

Ted Gibbs, Executive Director discussed the Governor's Service Awards. He spoke about the 4/12 meeting of the Commission in Chicago and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

Results of small group break-outs to discuss local initiatives

  • HURRAH
  • Youth group packing boxes for Seniors
  • Grandparent and child to give respite care ( 3 hours per week for six months)
  • Inner Views-life history of seniors
  • Last week of every month is family week at the Food Bank
  • Currently, intergenerational volunteer corps funded by the National Department on Aging work for national domestic violence and national teen dating violence. Convention of the rights of the child. Would like to see the US seniors mobilize to get that signed.
  • CNCS placed 25 VISTA in nfps in Lake County to support projects.
  • Wellness House serves all caregivers, children, patients. Volunteers range in age from 10-85. Special events are family-based. Brings many age groups in to help with Walk/Run.
  • ARC-Senior Volunteer Leadership through the U of I Extension
  • Senior mentors who work at schools
  • Adult literacy programs at MCC and COD
  • Family Violence Council
    • Elder Adults serving on Fair Committees
    • Elder Abuse program though Senior Services Associates
    • Executive Service Corps
    • Tax Prep programs
    • Hospitals use older engaged adults in McHenry County
  • Ombudsman program in Senior Services-advocate for another Senior
  • CASA Children's Court Advocacy
  • Glen Ellyn Library veteran’s oral history project
    • Linking college students to veterans
  • Seniors are recreational volunteers that do yard work, administrative work in an environment that provides care to medically fragile children
  • Senior and freshmen; adult men mentor for IL Coalition Community Services
  • 65% are over 60 at the Salvation Army (DuPage). They provide music, disaster volunteers, meals on wheels and character building programs.
  • Oral histories

Wrap-up and evaluations

Recurring theme was oral histories. Most groups are either doing them or would like to do them. Can this be explored further?

Gratitude

Gratitude expressed to Jane, Nina and Russ. Lucia had already left for the afternoon. We all received some valuable insights and ideas.

Next Meeting

Next meeting will be on Monday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Joliet. Details will follow!

– Submitted by Kathy Blair, Executive Director, Giving DuPage

 
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