Partners and Host Organizations

Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative Partners:

  • The Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Since 2010, the DMH Fund has provided more than $2.5 million in support for organizations and initiatives engaging and serving older adults in the Dayton Region. “Our nation’s older population is expanding rapidly, and so are their needs,” said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare, which established the DMH-Fund in 2010, and an advisor to the fund. “Within this generation are some very creative and resourceful people. It’s not only critical to plan for their increased needs, but also to involve them in the community and tap into their resources.”
  • Today there are more people in the U.S. over 50 than there are under 18. By 2035, 140 million Americans, more than 1 in 3, will be over 50. With decades of productivity ahead, adults 50+ are a growing and renewable resource we can’t afford to waste. innovates new ideas and models to leverage the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world. We also are the hub for a growing group of leaders advancing the encore movement.

Host Organizations and Projects:

The organizations selected to participate in this three-year pilot are:

  • Brunner Literacy Center: Through the organization’s Adult Literacy: The Invisible Struggle Initiative, a Del Mar Encore Fellow will help define, measure and collaboratively mitigate the problem of adult illiteracy in the Dayton area.

  • Dayton Metro Library: brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to discover new things about the world, themselves, and each other, advocating for exploration, championing literacy, and facilitating empowerment, inclusion, and positive change. The Del Mare Encore Fellow is working to establish a sustainable, volunteer-led Homework Help program at multiple DML branches. Volunteers are needed to staff the homework sites for two-hour blocks during the school year.

  • Learn to Earn Dayton: is dedicated to fostering the success of all Montgomery County children, from birth until their graduation from college or selection of a career. The Del Mar Encore Fellow is working with Learn to Earn Dayton staff to improve the effectiveness and the availability of afterschool and summer resources for children. Volunteers work with afterschool and summer program providers and Learn to Earn Dayton in administrative, resource and tutoring roles.

  • National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ): works to transform communities to be more inclusive and just by empowering leaders and future leaders with skills needed to thrive in an increasingly diverse Greater Dayton Region, including respect for and celebration of differences and peaceful methods of conflict resolution. NCCJ provides a variety of educational programs tailored to various age group sand designs customized diversity and inclusion education sessions and assessments for the local businesses and organizations. The Del Mar Encore Fellow is researching the demand in the region for diversity and inclusion education and trainings and identifying resources now available or in demand. Volunteers are needed to update our database; evaluate programs; and to conduct interviews on community need for diversity services.

  • St. Mary Development Corporation: Since 1989, St. Mary Development Corporation has built affordable apartment communities which have transformed the lives of thousands of people in need, especially low income older adults. The St. Mary Connect program links residents to critical services that allow them to age in place as long as possible. The Del Mar Encore Fellow is researching the capacity of residents to use technology and the availability of technology to improve their access to health care. Volunteers are needed to survey and interview residents.

To learn more about each of these organizations, click on the name of the organization listed above.

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File date: 02.11.19


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