Friday February 19, 2016 | 10:00 – 11:00 am | FREE Admission
Marin Health and Human Services
20 North San Pedro Road
San Rafael CA 94903
Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) is a program that provides stipends to low-income people who are either 65+, blind, or disabled. In Marin, there are 3,700 people living on SSI/SSP and 1,300 of our county’s recipients who receive the stipend are above the age of 65.
Did you know that $889 is the maximum monthly benefit for an individual living on SSI/SSP? That’s below the Federal Poverty Level, and less than half of what an average 1BR apartment costs in Marin.
TO LEARN MORE
Join us in learning about the current state of the SSI/SSP program, and how we can come together to advocate for change. We will be talking about how the Aging Action Initiative (AAI) can come together and support CA4SSI’s efforts to increase benefits for some of our most vulnerable Marin County residents. We will have two presenters from the statewide Californians for SSI coalition:
Colleen Rivecca, Advocacy Program Lead, St. Anthony’s Foundation
Shanti Prasad, Community Mobilization Coordinator, Alameda County Community Food Bank
This is a FREE event open to anyone interested in advocating for an increase in SSI/SSP benefits. Please RSVP to Becky Gershon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging 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.
First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael (Chapel Lounge)
Topic: Aging Action Initiative
A panel of speakers will share their work over the last 18 months led by the County and Marin nonprofits on how to create partnerships to best serve the county’s robust & growing senior population. Faith Communities and congregations are essential partners in this work.
Panel of Speakers Include: Mr. Lee Pullen – County of Marin, Ms. Nancy Masters – Jewish Children & Family Services, Ms. Shelley Hamilton – MarinSpace
Bring your own Lunch and MIC will provide simple snacks. We ask for a donation of $10-$20 at the door to support the work of MIC.
“Collective impact is fundamentally not about creating a whole new initiative, but rather connecting and strengthening existing efforts and filling gaps.”
“Quick wins are important for demonstrating the value of collective work, keeping people engaged, and building support”
Forming a steering committee and creating a common agenda is hard work. However, what happens after the vision has been agreed upon? How do you create an infrastructure that can make progress toward achieving the common agenda?
This transition in the life of an initiative is the subject of the article Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation. In the article, written as a practical tool for practitioners, David Phillips (Consultant, FSG) and Jennifer Splansky Juster (Director, FSG and The Collective Impact Forum) discuss:
The structure for implementing collective impact
Considerations when determining which working groups to create to pursue the common agenda, and when to launch them
How to identify stakeholders best suited to serve on working groups
How working groups can succeed in their first six months.
The article appears in the spring edition of Community Investments, which is dedicated entirely to the theme of “collective action for community development.” Community Investments is a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and widely read in the community development field.
What is collective impact? How is it different from other forms of collaboration? We know that these questions aren’t always easy to answer, even for collective impact practitioners.
John Kania, Managing Partner of FSG, and Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, engage in a lively discussion about the role of Backbone infrastructure in Collective Impact. Questions from backbone leaders are also addressed at the 39:43 mark.
One of the features that makes the Acting Action Initiative unique is its focus on inspiring and facilitating collective action. While acting together we can achieve greater impact than acting alone, it is not easy and requires a different set of skills and resources than we typically employ within our individual organizations. Based on feedback at the work group meetings and the first convening, there is both a great deal of motivation to act in concert with one another as well as a healthy skepticism about how that will be achieved. To assist the group in thinking about working together in a different way MarinSpace has compiled some resources on collective impact. Click on “Collective Impact” in the tag list on the right to see these resources.