Encore!Fayette seeking seniors who want to make a difference

Wed, 10/14/2009 - 8:49am
By: The Citizen

ENCORE!FAYETTE is now accepting applications for the Class of 2010, becoming the second class of the community-based, non-profit organization. A major goal of ENCORE!FAYETTE is to provide 25-30 retirees (or semi-retirees) the background and knowledge of the community and comprehensive look at issues and challenges facing the County, its public and private agencies, organizations and institutions.

Each session in this 10-week program covers the changing demographics, major issues, opportunities for leadership and volunteer service. Each weekly session is held at a facility that corresponds with the topic. Participants will meet and hear from key Community Leaders. Participants who complete the program will receive Continuing Education Unit credits from Clayton State University.

Participants pay $150, a small portion of the total cost of the program. This covers meals, refreshments, program materials, and some transportation, for the 10 week course.

The Core Program is 10 weeks long – one day each week – from approximately 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. The program begins in January and ends in March. It makes a significant contribution to Fayette County’s well-being by providing the participants with a comprehensive look at the issues and challenges facing the County, including business development, education, health care, public safety, diversity and culture, as well as the arts. It also represents a broad range of remarkable and rewarding opportunities for individuals to become involved in both public and private sector programs as board and commission members, team or project leaders and volunteers.

With the challenges facing our Country, skills, talents and wisdom possessed by Fayette County retired and semi retired citizens can make a positive difference. Our first Encore

Senior Leadership class has proven just how effective volunteers can be when they become educated regarding community issues and needs. Our 32 graduates from the Class of 2009, have already yielded 25 active alumni who are using their skills, talents and resources to work with organizations and agencies, as well as city and county governments in a wide variety of capacities. To date, these volunteers have already given almost 5,000 hours to the community.

Visit ENCORE!FAYETTE’s web site at www.encorefayette.org/ today, and sign up for the CLASS OF 2010!

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