The California Wellness Foundation Conference in San Francisco was once again a great experience with engaging breakout sessions. Discussions included how the Fiscal Cliff will impact the future of grant making, the future of agencies that serve our low-income population and the role that for-profit organizations might play in a traditionally non-profit arena.
We were faced with questions such as:
- What can be done to prevent smaller agencies to be left behind when facing sequestration and budget cuts?
- What happens to the people these agencies serve?
- How can social services agencies and nutrition programs build capacity to survive?
We may not have the answers but we need to have the conversation with both sides of the aisle to come up with solutions.
One way to get the conversation started is to mobilize seniors to become advocates. As a panel participant I shared our successful advocacy program with the audience and Queen Johnson, a senior volunteer at Senior Community Centers and appointed Senior Assembly Member of the California Senior Legislature, accompanied me to share her experience.
See for yourself what Queen has to say and how you can become an advocate: