There are so many ways you can support our campaign work:
Due to new federal policies, immigrants without documents living quietly among us are now in mortal fear of deportation by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Our immigration work in New Hampshire is statewide in scope. We work closely with the Manchester-based Granite State Organizing Project and the Concord-based American Friends Service Committee to build statewide power.
For two years, UVIP asked seniors in our local community “What does it mean to age with dignity?” We talked to over 400 seniors and heard a variety of answers. While we’ve heard many moving stories of neighbors helping neighbors, we’ve also heard too many stories of seniors in trouble.
The “Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity” curriculum was developed by UVIP’s Aging in Community Team – “a program developed BY seniors FOR seniors”. It is designed to provide tools for seniors to organize their affairs, plan for medical issues, and stay connected to their communities.
The curriculum involves 5 sessions of 90 minutes each, conducted in groups of 8 to 16 seniors, caregivers, and other family members. The group dynamic is critical to building trust and sharing, and has been very well received by the seniors in pilot tests to date. The 5 sessions include:
Session I: Introduction & Team Building
Session II: A Checklist of Resources to Aid Life Care Planning: “How can I organize all the information about myself that people need to know to handle my affairs when I can no longer handle them myself?”
Session III: Calendar of Season Living: “How can I make the most of my senior years, having the most fun I can and staying connected to the people I care most about?”
Session IV: Honoring Care Decisions: “What do I fear about preparing the end-of-life documents that I need to have in place?”
Season V: Wrap-up Session
*If you're interested in becoming a facilitator or participating in a session, please contact Deb Dworak at firstname.lastname@example.org
We always welcome new team members. If you would like to join our team, we meet monthly for 90 minutes on the third Tuesday of the month at Valley Terrace, 2820 Christian St, White River Junction, VT 2:00PM - 3:30PM.
UVIP has been fighting predatory lending for years. It became clear after our last attempt to set a 36% APR rate cap in NH that the lobbyists have too much power in Concord, so we set our sights on Washington, D.C.! We are a part of a national campaign to curb malicious lending practices through regulation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We also recognize that bad lending practices are not the only system prohibiting people from thriving and so we are also mobilizing around issues aimed at creating real economic security for working families. We are spearheading a campaign in New Hampshire to pass legislation to improve the lives of temp workers and increase the MINIMUM WAGE!
UVIP has a team dedicated to bringing about a more equitable local, state, and national community. Team members meet monthly to strategize ways to leverage people power for change! Team members work in collaboration with other leaders across New Hampshire, Vermont, and the nation to bring about real, long-lasting change. All are welcome to join the team, we meet for 90 minutes once a month on the last Wednesday of the month.
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