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Save the Date! 7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1, 2015
Remember, Monday June 1st 2015 Gull Lake Country Club ~ See you there!
You Are Invited to the next KCASI Meeting
The Kalamazoo Advocates for Senior Issues invites you to its February meeting.
January – National Mentoring Month
Just last year, the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring, called The Mentoring Effect, was published by MENTOR. This research shows that quality mentoring relationships can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools they need to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, achieve academic and personal goals and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities. However, research also shows that one in three young people will reach adulthood without this powerful asset.
Senior Services is proud of its mentoring programs, and the impact volunteers make on the lives of their mentees. RSVP’s ‘Mentor Academic Success’ volunteers donate their time to students in Kalamazoo County, kindergarten through high school. Foster Grandparent volunteers mentor ‘at risk’ youth to help them succeed in school and life.
This week as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, let’s also remember our own Kalamazoo Promise and the dream of Community In Schools that every child will have a mentor to help guide them through school so they can take advantage of ‘The Promise’.
Who mentored you? If you didn’t have a mentor, do you wish you did? Call us at 382-0515 to learn more about mentoring or other volunteer opportunities. Who knows, years from now someone you help today may fondly remember you as the person who made a difference in their life!
Energy Saving Tips
This has been one of our coldest winters in years, and it’s not over yet! There’s still time to reduce your energy bill by following these few tips
- Let the air flow. Keep furniture, curtains, and other items from blocking heat registers.
- Put simple weather-stripping around external doors. A 1/8” crack around the perimeter of a door is equivalent to a softball-sized hole in the middle of the door.
- Reduce water temperature. Lower your water heating temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees.
- Clean/replace furnace filters to ensure efficient operation.
In addition to these energy saving tips, here are some winter safety tips to consider as well.
Don’t use your stove or oven to heat your home. Keep batteries and battery-powered flashlights available. Use flashlights instead of candles. Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working. Plan for your medication needs – have extra medications on hand. Keep in touch with family and friends. And last but not least, remember to call us at 382-0515 for more information on energy savings or to learn about the over 20 programs we have under one roof!
The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is available on-line...
You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults.
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web. You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo. We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo. We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...
CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading. You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours. You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.
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