Partners and Resources
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is proud to partner with the following organizations in support of its intergenerational initiative.
Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in the second half of adulthood to improve communities and the world. The encore movement is grounded in the belief that people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond are a great and growing natural resource to help solve social problems, particularly those that require human talent.
Encore.org's innovative portfolio of programs aims to write a 21st century story about life and work. The organization serves as an information and best-practices resource for a growing nationwide Encore Network of organizations that recognize the value of encore-stage talent. It also creates and supports pathways to connect encore talent with social needs, including Encore Fellowships, which have matched 500 fellows in high-impact, capacity-building assignments with nonprofits across the United States.
Encore.org has worked closely with the Alliance to develop the program design of "Second Acts for Strong Communities." They will serve as thought partner, consultant and technical assistance provider to demonstration sites throughout the initiative.
ReServe is a national nonprofit organization founded in New York City in 2005 to match experienced adults age 55+ (ReServists) with part-time service assignments in nonprofits and public institutions. ReServists are dedicated and skilled professionals who work for a modest hourly stipend and the satisfaction of giving back to worthy causes in their communities. To date, ReServe has worked with over 450 nonprofits across the country, making more than 3,500 successful placements. ReServe will support the Alliance’s initiative by making its model available to Alliance members across the country and sharing its significant expertise in engaging encore talent to promote strong families and communities.
Since its launch in 2002, Coming of Age has helped people 50+ explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in their communities; and provided training to nonprofits on how to build their capacity to capture the energy and expertise of this population. Coming of Age will be the Alliance’s partner in providing trainings to all selected “Second Acts for Strong Communities” demonstration sites and is available to all community organizations looking to learn more about leveraging older adult talent.
OASIS promotes successful aging through a three-fold approach that engages the 50-plus population in lifelong learning, healthy living and community service. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in St. Louis, the nonprofit organization is now active in 51 cities across 28 states and serves more than 59,000 individuals each year. OASIS currently partners with 700 organizations to implement four research and evidence based national initiatives to strengthen communities.
Two signature programs- OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring and OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits- address the pressing issues of literacy and obesity through intergenerational work, impacting more than 400,000 adult volunteers and youth over 25 years. OASIS Connections offers over 30 up–to-date courses designed to train adults to use technology to stay connected to family, friends, resources and new opportunities for meaningful work.
OASIS advances its commitment to evidence based health programs through innovative and sustainable partnerships with community based organizations and healthcare partners. With a focus on emergent risk older adults identified by its healthcare partners, OASIS can improve disease management, reduce falls and promote independence for reduced healthcare costs and improved long term health outcomes. OASIS will support the Alliance’s initiative by providing member organizations and communities access to these models.
Contact the Alliance's intergenerational initiative staff with questions or for more information.