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Taking Care of Our Retirees - Annual Giving Campaign
Dear Friend of the Retirement Center,
You may soon receive a letter in the mail asking for donations in support of the UC Berkeley Retirement Center. We would like to thank you in advance for your generous donation.
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
Open Enrollment Information
Open Enrollment concluded on November 26. If you have any questions about Open Enrollment, please contact the UCOP Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) at 1-800-888-8267.
Retiree Open Enrollment Information Session Video
A video has been produced by UC Berkeley HR and will be available to view online before and during Open Enrollment. This is especially good news for those of you who do not live close to campus or cannot attend a live session. We will be sure to let you know how to access the video as soon as it is available. See the video online at: http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/benefits/plans/open-enrollment/videos
“There’s crispness in the air that greets the morning sun, a feeling of anticipation, a new day has begun. Harvest days are ending, winter is drawing near, yet in between is surely the most special time of year. They call it Indian Summer, and it seems to fit the bill, for it’s as if the Lord took a feathered brush and painted all the hills.” (From Autumn by Julie L. O’Connor)
We hope summer has been a time of relaxation and renewal with loved ones. This issue of the Center’s newsletter offers a harvest of educational, fun, and retirement management programs. We recognize that life after full time employment has exciting and interesting possibilities and challenges. We hope these programs help you to engage both as well as possible. Read more >>
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
Resources for Faculty Considering Retirement
Faculty members considering retirement often have questions about what the financial, personal, and academic consequences might be. Check out this new fact sheet from the Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare to find general information about pension and health benefits; information about workshops, advisors, and web resources; and options to consider if you would like to continue to participate Cal’s academic life after retirement.
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 email@example.com. 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 >>