The across the board spending cuts known as sequestration officially took effect on Friday, March 1 after bills to avert the cuts failed in the Senate. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released implementation details on sequestration which detailed the final cuts to programs, including the following:
- $75 million cut from the Administration for Community Living
- $23 million cut from Community Service Employment for Older Adults
- $117 million cut from Social Service Block Grants
Advocacy Toolkit to Fight Sequestration
Join Senior Community Centers in urging Congress to exempt senior nutrition programs from sequestration! We should be investing in these valuable nutrition programs as a means to avoid increasing federal expenditures, not cutting back on them when they are needed most. Use our Advocacy Toolkit to Fight Sequestration that includes contacts, sample letters and advocacy tips to put pressure on Congress to act now!
The Silver Tsunami
Listen to Paul Downey, President/CEO, as he discusses the silver tsunami with NBC’s Marianne Kushi on Politically Speaking.
View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com.
At Senior Community Centers we focus our advocacy efforts in three areas:
|Food is medicine.||Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live.||
Poverty should not be a barrier to quality care.
We are confident that our advocacy efforts in these three areas will raise the awareness of critical issues among legislators, service providers and community members thereby leading to increased funding for programs which ensure a greater number of seniors receive quality, uniformly-defined supportive services.
What can I do?
This is a question for which we have an answer. Join Seniors First San Diego™, a countywide network comprised of seniors, people who care about seniors, and organizations to stay informed on issues and be the voice for seniors. Read more about Seniors First San Diego™, or join now.
Our county-wide advocacy program employs various tactics to effectively grow our advocacy efforts. Interns will get hands-on experience based on their skills and goals. Example of tasks include but are not limited to:
- writing for Internet
- marketing materials draft and design
- event planning and execution
- community organizing
- participating in workshops and other events
- database entry and management
Email resume and cover letter to Christina.Griffith@servingseniors.org, advocacy coordinator or 619.487.0743.