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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. Find a location near you by searching at http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action
Are you ready to retire? Registration is open for Pre-Retirement Planning
“Retirement can be scary because of the unknown. These sessions helped me realize what I can do to prepare, and took away many unknowns. Of course, it also makes me realize how much I still need to do, but at least I ‘know’ what I need to do!” -- Katherine Loyd, IST Applications Programmer
Planning to retire from full time work? Are you ready? Retirement may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Our Pre-Retirement Planning (PRP) program guides active employees of UCB and LBNL through six Friday afternoons of classes that cover everything from retirement benefits to work-life transitions. See more >>
Share Your Thoughts about the Center and our Next Director
As Patrick Cullinane prepares for his next chapter this July, Associate Vice Provost Angy Stacy will lead the search committee for the next Retirement Center director (see Director's Notes, below). Representatives of retirees from UCB, LBNL and UCOP will assist her. This leadership change is an opportunity for review, renewal, and exploration. Share your thoughts about the Center’s future with Angy by sending an email to: email@example.com.
Medical Plan Changes After Open Enrollment
Did you end up enrolled in the wrong medical plan for 2014?
UC made significant changes to its medical plan offerings for 2014, and some faculty, staff and retirees (retirees not mentioned specifically in OP link below but confirmed eligible) who did not make elections during Open Enrollment may have been defaulted to a plan they don't want. Or, maybe you recently learned more about one of the plans and want to change your election.
Depending on whether you use medical services in 2014 prior to requesting the change, there may be an option to correct your enrollment retroactively or change it prospectively.
Contact the Retirement Administrative Service Center (RASC), 800-888-8267, Option 4, as soon as possible and no later than March 31, 2014.
Find additional information online at: http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/news/general/1312-change-after-oe.html
Spring 2014 Director's Notes
How curious that as I walked up campus for my meeting with Associate Vice Provost Angelica Stacy that the refrain from my son’s favorite childhood book came to mind. It was Dr. Seuss’s Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! At the meeting, I informed Angy that I had decided to cross the bridge to the next chapter in my life and retire as the Director of the Retirement Center. It is time for Patrick C. Cullinane to please go now! See more >>
Taking Care of Our Retirees - Annual Giving Campaign
Dear Friend of the Retirement Center,
Together, we have grown into a nationally recognized model of what a retirement center can be. Your gift helps support programs and services that inform, assist, and inspire. We are pleased that you choose to spend your time with us, and hope you continue to find our offerings valuable in the future.
Save a stamp! Instead of mailing a check, you may use your credit card to make a donation online at: http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/browse/?u=12
Wishing you the best this holiday season,
Patrick Cullinane, Summer Scanlan and Karen Walters
Lawrence Hall of Science Volunteer Opportunities
Want to learn and share exciting and interactive experiences with children and families? As a Hall volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help kids and families experience hands-on science, assist instructors in classes and workshops and be an ambassador of the LHS mission and programs out in the community or at the Hall.
Learn how you can get involved at the next adult volunteer orientation, Saturday, September 7th (10:00am to noon). For more information and to sign up for orientation, visit http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/get_involved/join_our_team/volunteer
Phishing Scams: An Ongoing Threat
Phishing is one of the most potentially damaging internet scams with serious consequences for users not prepared to identify and avoid such fraud.
Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. It comes in all forms, even from forged @berkeley.edu accounts.
Find out more about phishing and how to protect yourself by reading this article written by UCB IST staff: http://inews.berkeley.edu/articles/Oct-Nov2012/phishing
Retiree Caregiver Support Group
Are you caring for a spouse or adult partner? Do you sometimes feel alone, isolated, frustrated, or fearful of what the future holds? Would you like to talk with other caregivers whose experiences may be similar to yours, and learn about resources that may help your situation? Please consider joining the Retiree Caregiver Support Group, offered once a month at the Retirement Center. For more information, contact the Retirement Center at (510) 642-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, caring for yourself is the best gift you can give to your spouse/partner.
Investing in the Center
The Center uses its budget, dollar for dollar, efficiently and productively to best serve the needs and interests of retirees. We hope that you, too, feel that the Center will make good use of your gift and that you will make an investment in the Center’s future. Gift Giving >>