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Marcia Kerz, Oasis PresidentOur 2015 annual report shows how
new beginnings can happen at any age.

Retirement used to be considered an end to something, but a wonderful shift has taken place. People are looking for opportunities to redefine themselves, to explore and connect. As you read their stories here, one thing is clear: they are just getting started.  Read more from Marcia Kerz, president . . .

 

From the Chairman

The efforts of dedicated volunteers are critical to solving some of today’s most perplexing problems: under-resourced education and costly healthcare.

We simply need more people willing and able to tackle these challenges.Matt Geekie, Chairman, The OASIS Institute OASIS has a solution.  Read more from Matt Geekie...


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Wendy Davenport

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. 

Peter Bolland, San Diego OASIS Instructor

“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.

Karen Margie and kids

“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.

Pat Terrell in Latin Shapes dance class

“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.

Dick Waits, retired economics professor, volunteered for Fraud Fighters“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.  

Tom Weaver teaches computers

“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.


Our impact in 2015

         50  cities
       757  partners
    6,500  volunteers
  24,600  classes
  25,000  children
  28,000  adults
  53,000  people impacted
131,900  class enrollments
395,500  volunteer hours

 

Chuck Lundeen

“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.

Annabelle Faveron teaches healthy habits to kids

“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.


Meet our Donors

Carmen Garcia with her children 

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.

 

Joyce Siegel“I love OASIS,” says Joyce Siegel. “I see how phenomenally the programs have grown and I want this momentum to continue. 


 

Brenda Kirkland in Indianapolis

“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.