Quilting for Social Change: Top #EncoreNews of the Week

Encore in the Media and Other News

In partnership with The Christian Science Monitor, read how Nedra Bonds’ passion for quilting — from her first stitches, at age 6, to the artworks she creates today — turned into social activism and her lifework after retirement. 

“Life is a journey, and there’s no need to have it all ‘figured out’ when we’re young.” Catch more insights in our newest “15 Questions for Encore Thinkers,” which features our former colleague Cal Halvorsen, now earning his doctorate at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Our CEO Marc Freedman spoke with grantees and participants in the Cleveland Foundation’s Encore Cleveland initiative about how they could empower Clevelanders over 50 to make an impact in their encore years. 

Ageism is a real thing, but in many ways it’s self imposed — and we need to change perceptions, our VP Marci Alboher explains in this story about shifting careers in later life.

Three aging experts, including Milken Center for the Future of Aging chair — and our board member — Paul Irving advise On Point listeners how to design age-friendly communities.

ESC of New England’s Discovering What’s Next Program recently released eBook guides to provide practical advice for encore-seekers, supported by interactive material — see here

Don’t miss this great piece by Purpose Prize fellow Molly MacDonald, founder of The Pink Fund, which has given over $1.5 million to help pay bills for breast cancer patients nationwide. 

In local news:

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Marci Alboher: Baby boomers are taking on ageism — and losing

Marci Boomers taking on Ageism WaPo

Michelle Hynes: Give Yourself Permission to Work Fewer Hours

Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week

The Obama Administration is looking to meet U.S. leaders who are advancing equity for marginalized girls, including girls of color, through extracurricular and afterschool enrichment programs. Know someone who’s working hard to help these young women realize their full potential? Nominate here as a White House Champion of Change!