Volunteer for AARP in California

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with AARP California. Give your time, talent, and expertise to make a difference in your community.  For more information, email CAAARP@aarp.org or call1-866-448-3614.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers file their taxes for free.  From greeting taxpayers to providing translation services to preparing taxes, Tax-Aide volunteers go where residents are, with assistance provided at 400+ locations, including community centers, libraries, schools and other convenient locations right in your neighborhoods.  You will also be able to help taxpayers who are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit.

To apply, please complete an application at < https://secure.aarp.org/applications/Volunteer_with_AARP_Tax_Aide/aboutYou.action?jobId=a1oo0000001AGvXAAW >

Opportunity Drawing … Sharon and Paul Levine

Three Tickets for $1.00August 20, 2019

A Bellagio Restaurant

$50 Gift Card

In Campbell  (Thanks to Anonymous)

Pacific Catch Restaurant

$25 Gift Card

In Campbell  (Thanks to Anonymous)


$15 Gift Card

(Thanks to Anonymous)

Good Luck!

July Opportunity Drawing Winners:

Mod Pizza $25 gift card – Lynda Martinez

Blue Sky Restaurant $10 gift card – S. Flowerdew

Campbell Express – Leona Fails

Opportunity Drawing

April Drawing:

Three Tickets for $1.00 – April 16, 2019

MOD Pizza in Campbell $25 Gift Card
(Thanks to Angie Jaggars)

Best Taste Restaurant in Campbell $10 Gift Card
(Thanks to Angie Jaggars)

Mystery Prize (Thanks to Barbara Robinson)

Good Luck

March Opportunity Drawing Winners:

Blue Sky Restaurant winner was Helen Kao

The Garret winner was Kathy Mattingly

Campbell Express winner was Jane Seeds

Bouquet of Shamrocks winner was Paddy Wray

AARP Caregiving Workshops

Join Us for Conversations Around Caregiving!

AARP in San Jose is offering two workshops to help you learn how you can best prepare to care for your loved ones.

 Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. No one is ever completely prepared for the job, especially since caregiving is often a long-term responsibility that may become more difficult over time. Participate in one of the following workshops to gain new insights and resources to support you.

The sessions are FREE, but registration is required. Space is limited.

Date & Time:
 Thursday, March 7, 2019, 
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
 AARP San Jose Office
, 111 W. Saint John Street, 
Suite 410, 
San Jose, CA 95113

Register now for the breakfast workshop on Thursday, 3/7/2019:

Date & Time:
 Thursday, March 7, 2019,
 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 AARP San Jose Office
, 111 W. Saint John Street
, Suite 410
, San Jose, CA 95113

Register now for the lunch workshop on Thursday, 3/7/2019:

Campbell Elementary School Volunteers

The Campbell elementary schools are looking for volunteers to work on reading with individual children at the school.  There may be other options such as yard duty or other subjects – i.e. math, history. Before you can volunteer, you need to get fingerprinted ($66) and also have a current TB clearance. If you are interested in getting more information, please contact:  Nancy_Tepperman@yahoo.com, or

call phone number listed in the Dispatch, for details.

Legislative News … Daniel North and Claudia Schott

Now that the government shutdown is at a “strategic pause,” we have work to do. AARP is urging us to continue asking our members of Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to protect SNAP and reject creating additional program barriers for individuals and families struggling with food insecurity. Basically, don’t let us go hungry.

You can get more information about CalFresh, the state program that is part of SNAP, that provides fresh food to low-income households, including seniors. This is one of the programs that will be affected. For more information about CalFresh, either call 1-877-847-3663 or you can go online to http://www.cdss.ca.gov/food-nutrition/calfresh or http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/CalFresh  You can view a PDF of the CalFresh brochure at CalFresh_Senior_Bro_Eng.pdf or https://211sandiego.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CalFresh_Senior_Bro_Eng.pdf sorry about all the webpages, everyone, but I can’t give you all a hardcopy of the brochures. You better hurry and give our Senators what for!

Of course, the “strategic pause” is only good until February 15th. If President Trump and Congress can’t come to a reasonable compromise, the shutdown will continue. As Trump’s approval rating continues to plummet, many Democrats are putting their names into the hat, including our very own Senator, Kamala Harris, and none other than Elizabeth Warren, an astute and incisive critic of the president.

“Harris believes that the time is now for us all to defend the American values of equality, decency, justice, and democracy — and her candidacy will be animated by her life’s work of fighting ‘for the people,’” according to a statement.

The list of possible Democratic candidates for the presidency is very long, senators from Hawaii to New Hampshire are adding their names. This looks to be a very interesting election. (But then, aren’t they all?)

County Communications Office, County of Santa Clara

Dear Neighbors,

Santa Clara County is expecting extended rain beginning Sunday, January 13 through Friday, January 18.  Rain and cold temperatures put people at risk for serious health conditions, including hypothermia, which is caused by dangerously low body temperature. Please share this information with those who may need it.

Daytime and overnight warming centers and expanded shelters services will be available starting Sunday, January 13 through Friday, January 18, 2019. For a printable PDF listing of facilities click here: http://bit.ly/WarmCenters1-2-2019.

For more information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/NeedAssistance/warmingcenters/Pages/home.as

Please check on family, friends, neighbors and others who might be at risk of cold-related health conditions:

•           Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, or heating.

•           Babies or individuals with pre-existing medical conditions sleeping in cold rooms.

•           People who remain outdoors for long periods — the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.

•           People who drink alcohol or use drugs.

If someone experiences a body temperature below 95° F, please get immediate medical attention.

•           Look for a warm room or shelter and remove any wet clothing.

•           Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using warm blankets.

•           Warm beverages can help increase body temperature, but DO NOT consume or give

            alcoholic beverages or try to give beverages to an unconscious person.

Older adults can be more at risk because they often make less body heat due to a slower metabolism and less physical activity.

People 65 years of age and older should take cold weather precautions:

Cold Weather Tips for Older Adults (English): http://bit.ly/2GMIjTa

Consejos para gente de edad avanzada durante temporadas de frio (Spanish): http://bit.ly/2RrwFS4

年長者過好寒冬的秘訣 (Chinese): http://bit.ly/2s1jQj0

(Vietnamese): http://bit.ly/2Ajuiqq