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OASIS has made a new career for me,” says Wendy Davenport, who is part of a team of volunteer leaders that manages key functions at Upstate Oasis, from registration to training new volunteers to daily problem-solving behind the scenes.
“We’re social creatures and something happens when we gather,” says Peter Bolland of San Diego. The philosophy professor, writer and musician is one of many instructors providing great classes that keep people coming back.
“Tutoring has been a way to reconnect and spend time together,” says Karen Schneider. She and her sister Margie Hittle have met their match with twins in second grade who are benefiting from a high intensity model of OASIS Tutoring.
“Now I can do whatever I find interesting,” says Pat Terrell of Los Angeles, who volunteers, takes classes and keeps herself in good shape through exercise. She is embracing the essence of the OASIS approach to healthy aging.
Emelda Harris has an important long-term goal – to get in the best possible shape and manage her diabetes. She knows that there is no quick fix. “By setting weekly goals in the class I have been really successful,” says Emelda.
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“We’ve all had some kind of experience with an attempt at fraud,” says retired economics professor Dick Waits, part of a group of volunteers who were facilitators for Fraud Fighters, a project to help people stop scammers in their tracks.
“Before I retired, people asked what I planned to do,” Tom Weaver says. “I half-jokingly said, ‘Maybe I can teach seniors about computers.’” A cancer survivor, Tom is meeting needs for students and cancer patients who need a pick-me-up.
53,000 people impacted
131,900 class enrollments
395,500 volunteer hours
“I build everything around my OASIS activities,” says Chuck Lundeen. He is applying his experience teaching, learning and volunteering at OASIS to help others build a playbook for aging well through the Aging Mastery Program® in Rochester.
“Once I started eating healthier, I began to feel better,” says Annabelle Faveron, who is teaching healthy habits to kids in the Bronx. Getting better was a long time coming after a car accident. Where medicines did not help, a better lifestyle has.
The Garcia family celebrated the memory of their mother, Carmen, with a gift to San Antonio OASIS. We want to extend OASIS to make sure it is around for others,” says Gilbert Garcia.
“I love OASIS,” says Joyce Siegel. “I see how phenomenally the programs have grown and I want this momentum to continue.”
“For many, isolation starts as a matter of privacy. "They think they should handle things on their own. But when we let stuff stay inside, it begins to feed on us,” says Brenda Kirkland, who facilitates peer discussions in Indianapolis.
“OASIS adds a lot of good to the community, and there are many who need these vital programs,” says Dick Priest. He and his wife Karen are including OASIS in their wills.
"I realized I could donate a little more to OASIS through monthly giving. Plus, it’s easy,” says Ricki Milne.
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