6th Convening Recap!

MCF 6th Convening

Shirin Vakharia of Marin Community Foundation presents at AAI’s 6th Convening.

From Program Director Linda Jackson:

The highlight of last month was the Aging Action Initiative’s 6th Convening.

We had a full room, dozens of new people, and beaucoup de enthusiasm for the sessions.

Our six Convenings have attracted nearly 500 people. They represent over 130 agencies, nonprofits, and organizations in Marin; 24 agencies have sent three or more people to at least one convening. Our reach is growing because people understand the value of what AAI brings to the work of an age-friendly Marin. Here are some “best parts” comments from this year’s evaluation forms:

  • I was inspired by the four individuals who opened the day. An entertaining and introspective start to the event.
  • So much concern & energy re. making Marin a healthy, secure, safe place to live.
  • Meeting new people; learning about what’s happening in community for seniors and how I can get involved more.
  • Opportunity to network; blend of public, community, and health perspectives.
  • Lens on Aging Equity — questions and discussions at our tables.
  • Reframing aging to be more effective in talking about issues facing older adults.

AAI educates! The morning began with ‘listening in’ to four Marin residents reflect on aging. Read Terri Dowling’s comments on growing older here.

Most of the day was dedicated to learning, thinking, and talking about equity. Laura Eberly of YWCA SF & Marin led two sessions about our own equity-related experiences and perceptions, and about the structure and outlook of our own organizations. You can learn more about the work and offerings of the YWCA at www.ywcasf-marin.org. This history lesson through the eyes of an African American is most insightful: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M

Shirin Vakharia of Marin Community Foundation moderated a session titled “Bringing Home More than a Tee-Shirt” about the just-concluded national American Society on Aging conference. Not all of us were able to attend the conference in San Francisco, so we brought it back with a panel discussion of highlights and table talks about what people learned. What did we talk about?

  • Livable Communities: housing, transportation, open space
  • Integrated health care models, social determinants of health, and LTSS + CBOs
  • Stigma-resistance and denial and the need to reframe public thinking for acceptance of supports and services for older people
  • “Solo aging” — people without kids who are now without family or spouse support
  • Isolation and health impacts
  • Caregivers: Housing and finding caregivers, workforce/immigration concerns, services in rural communities
  • Hospice/palliative care in home

In addition to equity and the ASA conference, we also talked about ageism and reframing, or revising the way we talk about older people, and the benefits and challenges of growing older.

AAI advocates! The last session of the Convening was all about the four issues we are focusing on this year: housing, aging-in-community, economic security, and transportation. Here are some of the inspirational protest signs made in the afternoon:

  • Work Here. Live Here. Stay Here.
  • End Social Isolation – Visit a Neighbor
  • Reframe our Game to Everyone’s Gain!
  • Livable wages for caregivers now!!!
  • Keep Older People Mobile

AAI promotes service collaboration! The whole day was about this — 74% of attendees reported making at least five new connections and a third of attendees met more than 10 new people.

Thanks to all who came and shared and connected! This is one of the reasons AAI came into being — to make the most of our connections so we can do the most for older people in Marin.

See you around Marin~

P.S. Miss the Convening? Email support@agingactioninitiative.org with your name and organization to request access to panel summaries and presentations.

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Marin Bolder Advocacy


September 29, 2017 | Marin County change makers gathered for A Nuts & Bolts Training for Marin Nonprofits Inspired to Lead Policy Change with Rise TogetherAlliance for Justice and United Way Bay Area.

In these times, many non-profits want to advocate for policy change, but aren’t sure how far they can go. This free workshop was designed to help nonprofit leaders to be bold and take policy advocacy to the next level.   Attendees learned the ins and outs of advocating legally as a non-profit from representatives of Rise Together and Alliance for Justice, with guest speakers from United Way Bay Area’s policy team.

Sara Matlin, Counsel; Bolder Advocacy Initiative, Alliance for Justice
Amalia Chamorro, J.D.; Vice President of Public Policy, United Way Bay Area
Will White, MPP; Director of Policy and Government Affairs, United Way Bay Area

Topics covered:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations’ rights to lobby;
  • Your annual lobbying limit;
  • What does and doesn’t count as lobbying; and
  • How to make the most of your lobbying power.

This training also covered the federal tax law rules about nonpartisan activities for 501(c)(3)s, including how to:

  • Advocate for your organization and your community in a nonpartisan way;
  • Educate the public about the candidates and the issues at stake; and
  • Engage your community members in voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts, and other election activities.

View/download PDF version of the presenter’s slides below:

Alliance for Justice:

United Way Bay Area:

Questions? Call Bolder Advocacy’s hotline during business hours, where their lawyers are standing by: 1-866-675-6229

rise-together-logoRise Together is a coalition of over 200 partners working to create economic opportunity and prosperity for all through collective action, shifting systems that are no longer working, and redefining what is possible for Bay Area residents. Partners from all sectors across the Bay Area are asking a critical question: Is it in our collective interest to have so many families in our community without access to opportunity and the thriving Bay Area we all envision? What is the opportunity cost for the Bay Area community to not have these families as equal parts of our economy and our communities? Rise Together is working with these partners to learn together, scale what works and create a collective regional voice for change.

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Dominican Sisters Housing Plan Stalled


May 9, 2017 | Legal move stalls Dominican sisters’ plan for transitional housing.

An attorney who lives near the Dominican sisters’ Our Lady of Lourdes Convent in San Rafael has appealed the city’s decision to allow the nuns to house two distressed families.

The city’s interim zoning administrator approved a temporary-use permit in January. Dolan and another neighbor filed appeals to the city’s Planning Commission, which rejected their appeals in a 6-0 vote March 14.

Other neighbors, advocates for people who are homeless, and some of the 30 sisters who attended the hearing testified in favor of the plan.

Among the Dominican Sisters’ current ministries are affordable housing, social justice advocacy, social services, and respite for homeless. In January the sisters were granted permission by the city to amend the convent’s use permit to a housing unit.

The unit would be shared by two women and their children, to help the women get established and find permanent housing as part of the convent’s mission. The change in the use permit would end after two years and the women would be supervised by Homeward Bound, Marin’s longstanding provider of services to homeless families.

Join AAI in supporting the Dominican Sisters’ transitional housing unit:

The San Rafael City Council will be asked to uphold the appeal on Monday May 15th, 7:00pm at San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fourth Avenue. Please save the date and spread the word. Come support the efforts of the aging Sisters who want to do good in their community. This is a chance to ask the Mayor and Council members to recognize that there is a housing crisis in Marin County, to support the efforts of a senior community that wants to help, and to uphold the decision of the Zoning Administrator.

Contact Linda Jackson:


About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a countywide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

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Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time


Sunday April 30, 2017 | Congregation Kol Shofar | 215 Blackfield Drive | Tiburon CA |

Say Yes! In My Backyard
Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

2:30pm Registration and Coffee
3:00pm to 6:00pm Program

Join Marin Organizing Community for a workshop on realistic strategies for ordinary homeowners, renters, and landlords to work together on solutions

Topics to include:
• What is housing-focused shelter? How do we responsibly
shelter those who are homeless?
• What are “Junior Units” (Accessory Dwelling Units: ADU) and
how do we build more in Marin?
• What are the realities facing renters in Marin? How do we
address rising rents and evictions?
To register, email at bayareaiaf@gmail.com

To download the flyer, click here.

Marin Organizing Community (MOC) is organizing a county-wide constituency in support of broad-based solutions to
livability and affordability issues facing our families and communities. We are committed to winnable solutions. Join us to learn, organize and act for concrete change.This event was organized in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter), and Lilypad Homes.

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Housing Issues in Marin

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Wednesday May 3, 2017 | Marin Coalition presents “Housing Issues in Marin”. Price increases, affordable housing programs and concerns, limited supply.

The issues that surround housing here in Marin are numerous and sometimes daunting

Join Marin Coalition on May 3rd when two very knowledgeable presenters will share their perspectives and solutions regarding the various dimensions of one of the most pressing topics in our community:

jackson headLinda M. Jackson is program director of the Aging Action Initiative. She has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning and communications working for Austin and San Rafael, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and non-profit agencies. She is a trustee with the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education, and serves on the boards of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, League of Women Voters and Sustainable San Rafael. Linda holds an M.S., Community and Regional Planning and an M.A., Latin American Studies from U.T./Austin, and a B.A., Urban Studies from Wellesley College. After college, Linda served two years with the Peace Corps in the Andes. She and her husband live in San Rafael.

silvestri headBob Silvestri is an author, architect and former affordable housing developer, and the founder of Community Venture Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CVP facilitates community-based projects and initiatives that demonstrate the highest principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. He is also the founder and editor in chief of MarinPost.org, the Bay Area’s first community  online news magazine, and the founder and former president of Environmental Media Fund. Bob has been active in community affairs for 20 years and has served on local city planning committees in Mill Valley. His writings include “The Best Laid Plans: Our Planning and Affordable Housing Challenges in Marin,” and “Marin 2016: Dispatches from the front.” For Bob’s full CV, click here.

  • Date: Wednesday May 3, 2017 – 11:15 a.m. (check-in) – 1:15 p.m. Program begins promptly at noon
  • Location: The Club at McInnis Park Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael
  • RSVP & Pay Online by April 28: http://marincoalition.org/events/
  • Cost: $28 (members);  $30 (non-members);  $35 if RSVP received after deadline or at the door
  • Cancellations for refund must be received via email by 10 a.m. on May 1
  • Contact us: marincoalitionlunch@aol.com

To download the flyer, click here.

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