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Region Named One of Best Intergenerational Communities in U.S.

The Greater Phoenix region has been named one of the best intergenerational communities in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced that the Maricopa region will receive one of four MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards.  Read more...

 

Grantmakers In Aging receives $1.3 million grant renewal from the Pfizer Foundation to help communities become more “age-friendly”

Grant will support five communities in second year of Community AGEnda: Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old.  Read more...

 

National Funding Supports Local Age-Friendly Initiatives

PHOENIX (November 18, 2013) — Valley communities will be better able to fight social isolation and strengthen the connections that older adults have with people of all ages, thanks to two new grants to support the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network.  Read more...

Central Village Request for Qualifications for Transition Agency

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to solicit Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from nonprofit or public sector agencies that have the commitment and capacity to take over operations and resources of Central Village, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit village and time bank. This includes staffing Central Village, cultivating appropriate leadership, maintaining and growing the membership, and being good stewards of Central Village’s mission and assets.

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RFQ: Central Village Request for Qualifications for Transition Agency

Background
Central Village, Inc. is a private nonprofit village and time bank. It incorporated in 2013 as a 501(c)(3). Membership in the time bank (which will transfer to the new agency) is extended to the community. The mission of the village is to: “Connect people, strengthen families, and build communities by exchanging time & talents.”

VITA Volunteers Needed - 2015

The city of Phoenix’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign is seeking individuals who will become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteers. VITA volunteers help low-income working individuals and families by preparing their taxes and claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming season. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in partnership with the city of Phoenix, will be conducting free training sessions from December to January at locations around the city.

Last year, volunteers helped prepare thousands of returns resulting in millions of dollars to Phoenix Residents. One hour of your time may be worth more than $1,800 to a working family!  For more information, call 602-534-0543, email to eitc@phoenix.gov , visit phoenix.gov/eitc or see the program flyer.

 

White House Conference on Aging - Phoenix, AZ Regional Forum

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging hosted a Regional Forum in Phoenix to engage with older Americans, caregivers, advocates, community leaders and others on key issues affecting older Americans.  Click here to view the Regional Forum in Phoenix.

 

Bridging the generation gap: Bullhead City chosen for program aimed at making communities more “senior friendly”

Bullhead City has been selected to participate in a program with the goal of making communities more “senior-friendly,” connecting people of all generations with each other, thanks to recently announced funding from local and national philanthropies. To read the article published in the Mohave Daily News, click here.

 

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TNHN) is spreading holiday cheer in Tempe. Volunteers are dispersing throughout the city to hang holiday lights on the homes of more than 20 residents. Click here to read more about this heart-warming story. To find out more about TNHN or to volunteer, visit www.tempeneighbors.org.

 

Focus on Phoenix features interview with Nancy Puffer, Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Nancy Puffer, Executive Director, Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, was recently interviewed by Jonathan Roberts for a segment on Focus on Phoenix. Click here to listen to the discussion about Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the village movement.

 

2015 Census Test – Preparing for the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the Internet, telephone, or traditional paper questionnaires, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy, and safe for all to participate. The 2015 Census Test will allow the Census Bureau to, on a small scale, employ a variety of new methods and advanced technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census. To learn more about the 2015 Census test and opportunities for temporary employment, click on the following links:

 

Grant to Help Arizona Become More “Age-Friendly”

PHOENIX (November 5, 2014) — A new statewide network will connect people of all generations with each other and with meaningful opportunities to participate in their communities–thanks to recently announced funding from local and national philanthropies.  Please visit the MAG news page to read the complete press release.

 

Groups help North West Valley residents get around town

A new “one click” or “one call” service in the Northwest Valley is helping people find available transportations options. The service has no restrictions on age, need, purpose of trip, or time of day. Click here to read more about the new service being offered and learn about volunteer opportunities. Additional information is also available by contacting Kathy Chandler at kchandler@northwestvalleyconnect.org or by phone at (623) 282-9300.

 

Making the Most of our "Longevity" Bonus

RoelResources.com recently featured an article by Amy St. Peter, Human Services and Special Projects Manager at the Maricopa Association of Governments.  The article discusses the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network, resources, and opportunities for training and sharing information.  Click here to read the full article.  RoelResources shares information submitted by the community in various categories such as Community and Resources, A Better Life, and Fun After 40.

 

Aging Trends in Arizona

Listen in as Amy St Peter, Human Services and Special Projects Manager at the Maricopa Association of Governments discusses aging statistics in Arizona and how citizens, communities and the government are coming together to assist one another as they grow older.

 

2014 STAR Awards

On June 11, the National Volunteer Transportation Center, a program of the Community Transportation Association of America, announced the 2014 STAR Award winners. The STAR Award for Excellence was awarded to Duet:  Partners in Health & Aging. Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona for their transportation–related services.  To learn more and see a list of awards and honorable mentions, click here.

Duet helps elders and adults with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes by pairing them with caring volunteers who provide vital transportation and friendship. Last year, 601 Duet volunteers, using their own vehicles, provided 33,926 escorted door-through-door, one way free-of-charge rides to medical and social service appointments as well as grocery stores for 543 individuals. Volunteers drive to destinations, stay throughout, and bring individuals home safely in one-on-one “duets of service.” Duet transportation services provide a lifeline with a budget of $291,400. Volunteers may facilitate their “match” by accessing Duet’s innovative, interactive website map www.duetaz.org that shows, in real-time, individuals waiting for service in the area, minus last names and addresses.  Duet serves Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Fountain Hills, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, a densely populated area that covers 972 square miles. STAR Award funds will help recruit and train new volunteers and maintain services within this area.

 

Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network Video

Grantmakers in Aging has developed a video about the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network with support from the Pfizer Foundation. The video highlights the region’s work in Phoenix, Tempe, the Northwest Valley, Scottsdale, and Wickenburg. The video also features Connect60Plus.com and the network’s monthly webinar series, “Feed Your Mind.”

 

Grantmakers in Aging Community Agenda Initiative

Community AGEnda is helping communities become more age-friendly -- great places to grow up and grow old. Watch the Community AGEnda video to see what age-friendly work looks like in practice. 

 

Southeast Valley Seniors Stay Active

Arizona Republic editor writes about more options available to senior citizens today than their predecessors in the past. Read the article here to learn more about efforts in the Southeast Valley and other communities in Arizona. Read more...

 

Helping Hands: Aging in Place

Human Services Manager, Valerie Kime Trujillo, City of Scottsdale, interviewed guest speakers to discuss the topic of aging in America and creative concepts taking place in our region. Guest speakers included Amy St. Peter, Maricopa Association of Governments; Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, City of Scottsdale; Cindy Ensign, City of Scottsdale; Martha Seaman, Scottsdale resident; Elizabeth Banta, Duet; and Debbra Determan, Foothills Caring Corps. Click here to view this Helping Hands video and learn more about exciting new things taking place in the region and resources for remaining engaged in your community.

 

Horizon Show Features story on the Greater Phoenix Region Named One of Best Intergenerational Communities in U.S.

On February 20, 2014, viewers of the Arizona Horizon show learned that the Greater Phoenix area was named one of the best intergenerational regions in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United announced the Maricopa region would receive one of four Best Intergenerational Communities Awards on March 25 in Washington, D.C. Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Director Amy St. Peter and Jacky Alling, Senior Program Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, discuss the award and why the Phoenix area is receiving it. Click here to view this Arizona Horizon video...

 

Aging and Livable Communities

The American Planning Association (APA) has Aging and Livable Communities on its radar.  The Aging of America provides an extraordinary opportunity for planners to create plans and policies and help develop and redevelop communities that are more age friendly and, therefore, more livable. Click here for more information from the APA.

 

Fraud Watch Network

The Fraud Watch Network provides you with access to information about identity theft, investment fraud and the latest scams. Fight back against identity theft and fraud. Learn about active scams, and find out how to spot and avoid them. Click here to learn more about the Fraud Watch Network.

 

Northwest Connections Makes Headlines as New Transportation Alternative for Older Adults

The work of Sun Health and Benevilla was featured on the front page of the Glendale Peoria Today newspaper with an article about plans to launch Northwest Connections. Click here to read more...

 

Horizon Show Features New Grants and Activities of Regional Age-Friendly Network

On December 18, 2013, viewers of the Horizon show learned about the second grant award from Grantmakers in Aging and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to support the Regional Age-Friendly Network. The show featured an interview with Amy St. Peter, MAG, discussing the importance of the network to reduce social isolation and increase community capacity.
Click here to view this Arizona Horizon video...

 

Region Selected for the City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place

On May 1, 2012, Ron Guziak of Sun Health and Amy St. Peter, MAG, joined Ted Simon on Horizon to discuss the region’s participation in the City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a national initiative designed to mobilize leadership around aging issues. The effort is funded by the MetLife Foundation and administered by Partners for Livable Communities.
Click here to view this Arizona Horizon video...

 

Municipal Aging Services Project Responds to Increasing Population, Diversifying Interests in Region

On February 21, 2012, the Horizon show featured the work of the MAG Municipal Aging Services Project, an effort designed to assist local governments in meeting the needs and tapping the talents of people aged 65 years plus. Guests include Carol Kratz, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; Michelle Dionisio, Benevilla; and Amy St. Peter, MAG.
Click here to view this Arizona Horizon video...

About Us

The Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network is a partnership hosted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, a regional planning agency serving the Greater Phoenix area. We are committed to ensuring every person can live a fulfilled life at any age, connected to family, friends, and community.

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302 North 1st Avenue, suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona  85003

Phone: 602-452-5074
Fax: 602-254-6490
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Email: mag@azmag.gov

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