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Be the Change SIG

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YOU are invited to join an OLLI special interest group (SIG) named Be the Change. Our name is based on a statement by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Members of Be the Change will:

  • Form a community of support to enhance our individual volunteer and donation efforts.
  • Discuss past and present volunteer work and how that experience has affected both our retirement and general life experiences.

The Be the Change special interest group will:

  • Highlight volunteer opportunities and speakers from various non-
    profit organizations.
  • Locate and recommend both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities.
  • Schedule on-site visits to local non-profit organizations to learn more about their individual missions and potential volunteer opportunities.
  • Take advantage of other resources and efforts on the Santa Clara University campus including the Sustainability Liaison Network and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
  • Consider linkages with other community, national or global organizations and programs that have a direct relationship to achieving our goals.
  • Hold discussions, open to all OLLI members, related to volunteerism, social entrepreneurship and getting maximum results from your donation dollars.
  • Encourage OLLI members to practice sustainability, buy local and decrease their carbon footprint.

Be the Change events will be scheduled periodically as activities, events and discussions occur.

Get on our e-mail list now. For more information, or to join, please contact: Debbie Schreibstein at e-mail address:

We look forward to your participation.