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Stories from the Encore Movement

Their encores are creating a better future for future generations

“It has been a complete turn-around for me. Working at Centro, seeing the variety of people, has truly opened my eyes.”

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Rose Gallegos

Portland, OR

“Without the Encore Fellowships program, I’d have found a part-time job someplace that wouldn’t be as fulfilling – instead of making a difference.”

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Doug Champlin

Albuquerque, NM

“After I retired, I felt a surprising loss of purpose. My Fellowship provided me with a renewed sense of purpose.”

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Rob Roy

Portland, OR

“This Encore opportunity was a huge light bulb that started to shine . I think there’s a nonprofit for just about everybody out there.”

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Scott Wicht

Hopland, CA

“The Encore Fellowship gave me the opportunity to see the impact I can have on an organization that is stretched for resources. I didn’t realize how much amazing work is being done by people that just felt the need to do something.” 

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Mike Huntley

Long Beach, CA

“Some of my Intel projects took two years. At the school, I could get immediate gratification from the Director, teachers and students.”

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Fancy Bryant III

Oakland, CA

“I didn’t know I was good at “the data thing.” I feel like I found what I was meant to do in my life: I just needed to find the right place. And I did!”

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Elisa Ross, MD

Cleveland, OH

“This job has changed my outlook on what’s truly important. It hits home, how you were able to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

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Fred Gyger

Punta Gorda, FL

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Every day, I’m excited to come to work.”

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Derene Allen

Berkeley, CA

“At Intel, you could get the resources you needed if you had a good enough justification. At Centro, I could justify everything, but there weren’t any resources . . . I had to be really creative.”

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Robert Rios

Cornelius, OR

“Working at CAF impacted my life in ways I never expected. . . . I will never forget the events and the athletes [that] made a difference in my life.”

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Gail Myers

San Diego, CA

“Before my fellowship, I’d never worked with kids. I had no intention to work with kids. But once I started, it was cathartic. I realized this is what I want to do. I discovered it purely by accident.”

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Dennis Kucler

Cleveland, OH
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