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OTF Grow Grant Summary

Thank You OTF!

With the pandemic impacting so many communities around the world, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on a positive end to our OTF Grow Grant.

In 2017, Over 55 Skills At Work was awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant. The $397,000 was invested into our organization to help it grow and diversify its operations and membership, with a special focus on recruiting more female and ethnocultural Associates.

A core component of this project also reflected on offering increased training opportunities to our Members. All new members now receive access to intake training, and in addition, were able to offer the following workshops for the first time in our 30+ year history:

  • Small Business Workshops, including marketing, digital marketing and small business finance
  • Technology training – E-Mail, smartphones and more
  • First-Aid
  • Working At Heights
  • WSIB
  • Customer Service & Conflict Resolution

While the COVID-19 pandemic did impact our efforts, we were able to enjoy significant growth and impact with the valuable support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This 3 year period allow us not only to grow our organization, but it also allowed us to expand outside of London, with Guelph and Chatham-Kent on our roadmap for 2020. It also led to several community partnerships, including our management of Neighbourhood Watch London.

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Unfortunately, this pandemic also forced us to cancel our planned OTF recognition event, which was to be attended by OTF Staff, local MPs/MPPs, local media, and our team. We have created a short video highlighting some of our OTF achievements, and hope that the community recognizes OTF for its support of our, and many other organizations.

This global pandemic has caused our economies to contract and change, with effects that will be felt for years. While over the short-term this has impacted our operations, we are confident that we can create long-term entrepreneurship, training and employment opportunities for individuals age 55+ in our communities.

While this OTF grant has ended, we will continue to work hard to create opportunities for mature entrepreneurs, and to serve seniors in our community.

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O55 Update re: COVID-19

Dear Clients:

As COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus continues to challenge how we work and deliver service, we would like to inform you that our offices are closed until at least April 6th. We remain available to you via phone – (519)438-1111 and e-mail – info@o55.ca.

We are still offering our full range of services, but please be prepared to answer health-related pre-screening questions. Your answers are 100% confidential, and are only being used to protect the health of our community.

Thank you, and stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Martinez

for the Over 55 Skills At Work Team

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Over 55 Christmas Campaign

In this season of giving, we ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation to Over 55 London.

As you are no doubt aware, we are one of the few organizations in London providing our services to individuals age 55+, and we rely on options such as fundraising to help sustain the organization.

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Conserving energy in your home benefits your wallet and the environment. Now, more than ever, people are looking for ways to minimize their carbon footprint and be more gentle with the Earth. Along with energy-saving behaviours such as taking shorter showers, being cautious of what time you should run appliances, turning lights off and unplugging unused electronics, there are some changes you can make to your home that will significantly cut your energy consumption. 

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10 Kitchen & Bathroom Upgrade Ideas to Increase Your Resale Value

If you’re looking to sell your home or increase its value, here are 10 kitchen and bathroom upgrade ideas that could increase your resale value. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list to help set you on the right path and give some inspiration for your upcoming project.

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Over 55 Successfully Partners With Neighbourhood Watch!

After a couple of months of intense negotiating, Over 55 Skills at Work has successfully partnered with Neighbourhood Watch London. The embattled community safety program was facing severe funding cuts, leaving its fate uncertain. Our very own Rodolfo Martinez saw an opportunity to help, recognizing the important role Neighbourhood Watch plays within the community. Boasting over 460 chapters and over 22,000 households, Neighbourhood Watch is a strong presence in the Forest City.

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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint from Home

As the years have continued to progress—as they do—so too have the calls to address climate change. While the problem is indeed global, changing habits at a local level can help offset the strain on our environment. This isn’t new news, but knowledge is power, and sometimes a little encouragement is all we need. Knowing how to reduce your carbon footprint from home is a great first step toward addressing a wasteful lifestyle.

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Reflecting on a Year of Growth

Looking Ahead to Year 3 of Our OTF Grow Grant

In April of 2017, we were thrilled to announce that the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) had chosen to support Over 55 through a Grow Grant.  The $397,000 awarded to our organisation has already had a significant impact in growing our membership base, as well as social enterprise revenues.  2018 Represented a record growth in the number of our Associate Members – individuals age 55+, who work as entrepreneurs delivering important services to the community.  With the support of OTF, we hope to do something that we have never done before: to achieve over 100 active senior entrepreneurs on our membership roster.

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As we begin to enter the final year of our OTF Grow grant, we are also excited to expand to other communities, with our first pilot being in Guelph.

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In closing, we would like to thank OTF, our community partners, staff, volunteers, and our Associate Members, as we look forward to the next phase of growth for Over 55 Skills At Work.

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Rejuvenate Your Space: Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Categorized post-it notes for decluttering your home

2019 is officially upon us, and as is custom, people like to begin the new year with a clean slate. New Year’s resolutions (whether or not they’re fully realized) are all about putting your good intentions out into the universe. So, it’s probably no coincidence that Netflix’s wildly popular Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is trending these days. Therefore, we’ve decided to put together some quick tips for decluttering your home.

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Winterize Your Home With This Handy Checklist

Alberta clippers, polar vortexes, and nor’easters are on the way. Will it be another snowmageddon or a snowpocalypse? A Snowtastrophe? Complete snownihilation? However your news station decides to characterize this year’s somehow-record-breaking winter season, one thing is certain: we are sure to get weather. With that said, it’s important to remember to properly winterize your home, otherwise you may run into trouble sooner than you’d like as the snow thaws. Here are a few things to keep in mind before hibernation really sets in.