Coming of Age: Bay Area Opens Nomination for "Make A BIG Difference” Award

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Coming of Age: Bay Area, a group providing community service opportunities for San Francisco and Alameda County residents over 50 years of age, is seeking nominations for its third annual “Make A BIG Difference” Award.

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These grants provide recipients with the means to address two key Coming of Age: Bay Area goals, engaging the talents of people 50 and older and directing their energy and expertise toward making a positive difference in their communities.

Coming of Age: Bay Area announced they are seeking nominations from San Francisco and Alameda county non-profit groups to award their third annual "Make A BIG Difference" grants. These grants of $2,500 will be given on Nov. 22 to team-oriented projects that tap into the tremendous wave of knowledge and energy of people 50+ and address specific needs in the nominee's community.

"These grants provide recipients with the means to address two key Coming of Age: Bay Area goals, engaging the talents of people 50 and older and directing their energy and expertise toward making a positive difference in their communities," said Noreen McKeon, program manager. "We’re excited to fund projects that will make a real difference in people’s lives!"

Beginning Nov. 8, Coming of Age: Bay Area will evaluate applications and select up to six organizations to receive the $2,500 grants. In addition to the funding, the organization will also provide counsel to the award winners, collaborating with staff to ensure a quality volunteer work experience. For more information on MABD grant requirements, and to apply, please go to ComingOfAge.org/BayArea.

"Past grant recipients included diverse projects ranging from health education to creating urban oases," said McKeon. "We want to make certain that those awarded will be successful, so we bring them into the fold and share best practices and team-building strategies. We promote their projects on our web site, recruit manpower and provide needed training. The past three years have shown us this can be a win-win-win: our volunteers, the grantee organizations and their communities all benefit."

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Coming of Age: Bay Area works in concert with non-profit organizations and individuals to celebrate the ability of all people age 50 and older to continue to grow, transform their communities, and become a force for public good. The organization is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services, with additional funding provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service/RSVP grant and other community grants, and in partnership with KQED.

Coming of Age: Bay Area offers volunteer opportunities, workshops, educational events, and one-on-one coaching. For more information, please visit ComingofAge.org/BayArea or Facebook.com/ComingofAgeBayArea.

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