SOAR! ORPA's Section for Older Adults
ORPA's Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR) is a special interest area for professionals who are committed to addressing the diverse needs and interests of people 50+ in the areas of recreation, education and social services. SOAR provides networking and educational opportunities on the latest trends in this growing field. SOAR serves professionals working in senior centers, community centers, recreation, education, and social services, and deals with the needs of the older adult population with changing demographics, flexibility in changing needs, and using volunteers. SOAR: the sky’s the limit!
SOAR President: Anne Lane, City of McMinnville Senior Center
Depending on merit, SOAR presents two awards to SOAR members to recognize service in the older adult recreation field, including:
The Outstanding Program/Service Award - download the nomination form
The Outstanding Community Service Award - download the nomination form
INTERESTED IN BECOMING ACTIVE WITH SOAR?
SOAR welcomes ideas and participation in helping to design its networking and educational events. Contact Anne Lane, President, to learn how to participate. Contact Anne at email@example.com.
SENIOR CENTER ACCREDITATION
Get your center the recognition it deserves! To receive National Accreditation a senior center must engage staff, leadership, seniors, and community partners in a dialogue which includes a comprehensive evaluation of the senior center in 9 standard areas. The standards are developed by National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of NCOA (National Council on Aging) and are used to determine that the Senior Center is meeting its mission in a nationally accepted professional fashion. The starting point is "Self Assessment" and any Center of any size will benefit greatly from this process. For more information on how to get started feel free to contact Marilyn Daily at Salem’s Center 50+ (503-588-6303).
SOAR offers limited educational grants to SOAR members to support members' professional development and attendance at ORPA/SOAR workshops.
Click here to download the application form.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
If you have any concerns or ideas, please contact any member of the SOAR 2013-14 leadership board.
President Anne Lane, McMinnville Senior Center
President- Elect Marily Daily, Center 50+ (Salem)
Vice President LindaJo Enger, Elsie Stuhr Center (Tualatin Hills)
Secretary/Treasurer Kindra Oliver, Lebanon Center
At-Large Members Tina Johnson, Milwaukie Center
Kathy Wiseman, Pioneer Center
Past President Trish Phetteplace, Willamalane Adult Center
NEW! Flyer for use at your senior center. SOAR has developed a customizable flyer that you can use to promote your center. Click the image below to download.