A Night at the Races Fundraiser

The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, March 29, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the door.

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Polar Plunge this Saturday on Long Beach

Freezin’ for a Reason:
The Rotary Club of Gloucester
Hosts the 9th Annual Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

The Gloucester Rotary Club will again host clubs from Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire) for the 9th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 200 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $100,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a $750,000 with this event.

Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were suffering from polio. Today, there are three countries awaiting eradication – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2018, there were fewer than 40 cases reported worldwide. More information on Rotary’s #EndPolioNow campaign can be found at http://www.EndPolio.org.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts. A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Supporters can text “polio16” to 71777 or visit www.GloucesterRotary.org to make a donation. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Gloucester serves the local and global community, visit www.GloucesterRotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

SeniorCare Annual Valentines Breakfast Fundraiser

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its 45th annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Tickets are $15 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available in advance by calling 978-281-1750, online at www.seniorcareinc.org, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.

SeniorCare Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door of homebound elders, Monday through Friday. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day.  SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day.  Annually, this means 128,000 home-delivered meals and 33,500 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, Rockport, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield, and Wenham.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Breakfast are available. For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org.

Buy your breakfast tickets online.

SeniorCare presents The SAVVY Caregiver Workshop

SeniorCare Inc., will host The SAVVY Caregiver, a free six-week workshop at its offices located at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA, from February 1, through March 8, 2019.

The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free six-session training for family and friends who are active caregivers, caring for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude that helps them to care themselves.

Savvy Caregiver will help participants:
• Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for,
• Learn the skills you need to manage daily life,
• Take control and set goals,
• Communicate more effectively,
• Strengthen family resources,
• Feel better about your caregiving, and
• Take care of you.

Advance registration for this program is required. For information and to register, contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 x569.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living in collaboration with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Elder Services of Merrimack Valley.

SeniorCare & AARP Provide Free Tax Preparation

SeniorCare Inc.’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are proud to partner with AARP and coordinate the AARP Tax-Aide Program, a vital service for elders, enabling them much needed assistance with their taxes. It is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Across the nation, there are over 34,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who help more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their federal, state and local tax returns each year. SeniorCare’s group of RSVP Volunteer Tax Aides consists of over 40 certified volunteers who contributed more than 3,000 hours of service assisting over 2,500 elders in 2018!

In 2019, from February through April, AARP and volunteers from SeniorCare RSVP will assist taxpayers 60 & older with middle to low income with their tax preparation and filing, providing free tax assistance at over 30 locations throughout the North Shore.

For information on this program, please contact RSVP Program Assistant Theresa Dickson at 978-281-1750 x-568 or theresa.dickson@seniorcareinc.org.

A list of tax preparation locations can be viewed at www.seniorcareinc.org.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon time meals to homebound seniors in Rockport, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester and Ipswich. Anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week will be greatly appreciated. The hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. For information, contact 978-281-1750 x560, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

SeniorCare Breakfast @ Lobsta Land

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual autumn fundraising breakfast at Lobsta Land Restaurant, located on Causeway Street in Gloucester (Route 128, exit 12) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are available in advance online at www.seniorcareinc.org, by calling 978-281-1750, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the full spectrum of programs offered by SeniorCare.

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designated Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) with offices in Gloucester and Beverly. Established in 1972, SeniorCare serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over, including the nine communities of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. SeniorCare’s volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others, allowing them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.