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Ralph’s Reward Program Phone Number Changed
The Golden Age Foundation is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Seal Beach Leisure World. Its purpose is to make our community a better and happier place in which to live. The Foundation was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
All Golden Age programs are provided free to Leisure World shareholders. The Foundation is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of shareholders, residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is the main source of income. The Foundation’s programs and projects are made possible by the volunteer efforts of so many.
In order to provide services, GAF needs to raise funds. There is easy way to donate funds to GAF without any cost to the donors.
While many shareholders spend lot of money on grocery, there’s way to help to donate to GAF without paying extra to them at all.
Ralph’s Reward program is another way to donate to the Golden Age Foundation. Sign up on www.ralphs.com/communityrewards. You will need your Ralph’s Reward Card number to register or the phone number associated with your account. Ralph’s Reward registration phone number is (800) 576-4377 and be sure to let them know GAF non-profit organization (NPO) number with Ralph’s FS 519 to register. When you call (800) 576-4377, and wait to choose the number 8, and choose 3 to get through the Community Reward customer service representatives.
This would be a great opportunity for you to help GAF as we work to enrich the lives of Leisure World residents. Ralphs has announced that they are committed to giving $2 Million during the next 12 months through their Community Contributions program. Thank you for helping us obtain a portion of these funds (at no cost to you) just by signing up and doing your normal Ralph’s shopping.
Successful Shredding Event
The Community was blessed to beat the storm, and rain and did a Shredding event,
With the storm, thunder, and rain threatening the cancellation of the event, it went well with dry weather just enough for our 2 hours services, and rain began about the truck leaving.
The Golden Age Foundation’s “Shredding Event” on November 8th was a huge success.
In the last 6-7 years of shredding events, we haven’t seen so many cars coming without any breaks, steadily in two hours. The volunteers worked so hard to keep up with shredding on the site and finally less than a half-hour left, they were able to keep up with the flow of cars.
Again, the “Drop and Go” method worked extremely well. Residents didn’t even need to get out of their cars. GAF volunteers retrieved the items from the resident’s cars, which made it so much easier for everyone. This method will probably continue since it is working so well.
Our truck driver, William was so helpful. It was a constant flow of cars dropping off their items to be shredded. There were over 400 cars/carts that were served.
A reminder for the next shredding event on March 14th, 2023, the GAF ask shareholders to place their shredding bags either at the passenger’s or trunk of their vehicles, to stay in their cars.
For the next shredding, we ask the community that please put all your shredding in paper bags and plastic bags with shredding stuff that needs to be visible. No boxes, please. Beginning this shredding event, Mobile Shredding Company asked us to untie the plastic bags to dump all the shredding stuff into the bin each time to prevent truck fire.
Our appreciation goes to volunteers Carl Kennedy, Rosemarie Da Roza, Ted and Jeri Nowell, Geneva Potepan, Shery Wells, and Anna Derby for their services, it couldn’t come a better time to have great help when we needed it badly.
In order to prevent untying the bags by volunteers to see inside materials, the GAF asks shareholders please untie the bags when they show up at the shredding service. It would save much time for volunteers to retrieve bags from shareholders to dump into the bins.
Thank you again to the community for their generosity at this event. Donations are gratefully accepted and are used to fund the GAF programs. GAF is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation.
Everyone is welcome at Hospitality in CH 6. Monday to Friday at 9:00 to 11. Come and enjoy the company of others while sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying snacks.
Mobility aids are loaned out to the community as needed. They are open from Monday to Friday 9:00 to 11, in CH 6 downstairs. The GAF phone number is 562-431-9589.
Leisure World Quilting Bees Support the Mobility Aids Program
Leisure World Quilting Bees once again step up to serve the community. The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) would like to recognize the Quilting Bees for their continued support of the Mobility Aids Program. To date they have donated over 40 rollator tote bags. These beautiful handmade bags make it easy for users to carry personal items as they venture out into the community. Thank you Quilting Bees !
Great Day for Battery Recycling in Leisure World
The Golden Age Foundation volunteer team collected over 650 pounds of batteries for recycle on Tuesday the 15th of November. Our residents brought their used household batteries to the Clubhouse 2 parking lot where volunteers collected, sorted, and packed the batteries for shipment to the recycle facility.
While our new donation funded battery recycle process still cost around $1.50 per pound it is dramatically cheaper than the $4.00-$5.00 per pound Golden Age Foundation was paying last year.
Unfortunately we did have to turn away several shareholders at the end of the event due the fact that we had reached our recycle collection capacity of 650 pounds a little early. What’s remarkable about it was that 305 shareholders saved their used batteries to bring it to properly recycled through our battery recycling program, that said everything. What a great day.
While we plan on having another household battery collection event in 4 months, Leisure World residents can take their batteries (of all sizes), paints, cleaners, oils, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients, as well as E-waste such as televisions, tablets, cell phones and computers to Orange County Waste and Recycling for free all year long. The nearest facility is located in Huntington Beach, 8.5 miles from Leisure World, at 17121 Nichols Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Gate 6. They are open from 9-3 Tuesday – Saturday. Their number is 714-834-4000.
The Golden Age Foundation would like to thank the members of this wonderful community for our commitment to recycle as well as all the volunteers who supported the battery recycle event: Beth Greeley, Linda Johnson, Fara Mccartney, Shery Wells, Rosemarie Da Roza, Dave Forney, Paul Lee, Ivy Kung, Anna Derby, Paula Snowden, Chung Cha Lewis, Seung Yul Lee, Michael Oh, Al Basler, Carl Kennedy
written by Carl Kennedy
GAF Supports 2022 DriveThru Flu Clinic
On Oct. 6, Optum Healthcare Center held its annual flu clinic for LW residents with the help of GAF volunteers. Each of the nine-time slots had 10 GAF volunteers to guide the line, help fill out the paperwork and provide medical insurance information to receive a flu vaccine. The event turned out well with over 500 residents vaccinated.
Battery Recycling Reinstated
In the spirit of helping our wonderful community, the Golden Age Foundation has been funding Battery Recycling for many years. In fact, we recycled between 3000 and 5000 pounds of batteries last year but have had to regroup since the cost of recycling has gone from less than a $1.00 a pound to over $4.00 a pound. We are happy to announce we have found a more affordable solution. Golden Age Foundation will be collecting your batteries for recycle on Tuesday, November 15th, from 9:30 – 11:30 in the Parking Lot of Clubhouse 2. We will try and provide this service every quarter, similar to the shredding service. With our new service, here are the batteries we will be accepting.
- Carbon Zinc
- Nickel Cadmium (NiCd),
- Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH)
- Lithium Ion (Li-Ion),
- Lithium Metal
- Silver Oxide
- Button cell batteries and all other dry cell batteries
Battery Collection Tuesday November 15 from 9:30 – 11:30 in the parking lot of Clubhouse 2.
Basically this includes all household batteries, cell phone and laptop batteries, and small button, type batteries. We would ask you to place each lithium battery in a separate baggie as part of the recycle requirements. This will help us if you remember since we will have to bag them prior to sending to the recycler. It is very important, to keep our waste fees low and keep our planet clean, to recycle batteries instead of throwing them in the dumpster.
Please note that this service is for Leisure World shareholders’ personal household batteries only. Please no business batteries.
The Golden Age Foundation is happy and honored to be able to serve our community in this area. We are looking forward to seeing you (And your batteries), Tuesday, November 15th, 9:30 -11:30, in the Clubhouse 2 Parking Lot. Questions, please call Carl Kennedy, 661-810-9410
The Golden Age Foundation has been serving the Leisure World community for over 49 years. The Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1973 to enhance the quality of Leisure World life to our more than 9,500 shareholders. Over the years, through the support of volunteers, individuals and organizations the Foundation has organized and implemented many programs that have benefitted our community at no cost.
GAF Benefits $1,416.32 from the Ralph’s Community Contribution Program
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is enrolled in Ralph’s Community Contribution Program. The partnership with Ralph’s Grocery Company will reward a small percentage of purchases made by those who registered for the program back to the GAF.
Take a minute to sign up online at www.ralphs.com or call (800) 443-4438 on Monday thru Friday 8 to 4. The phone number is also a helpline. A Ralph’s Rewards card is required. Be sure to let them know that GAF (FS 519) identifies the reward program beneficiary or support to Golden Age Foundation.
Be sure to check the bottom of the receipt to verify that GAF received credit
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Their stores are on a mission to not just be part of but to help create a stronger community. They recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. GAF thanks them for being such an important organization in our community.
GAF encourages our supporters to link their rewards cards to the GAF organization. Community Rewards is easy to use, The more our supporters shop with Ralphs, the more money the GAF organization will earn!
GAF receives the community reward from Kroger’s, the GAF uses that funds to give back to the community 100% without any expenses due to all GAF service programs run by our neighbor, shareholders.
In this 3rd quarter, GAF received $1,416.32 from June to August, and it would generate about $6,000 a year with close to 300 members joining the community program since its inception in 2017 January.
GAF thanks to those who enrolled for being such an important organization in our community,
AARP Tax-Aide Program for Tax Year 2021
The AARP Tax-Aide Program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) began Monday, February 7, 2022, through Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Volunteers prepared and e-filed returns on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings.
Residents picked up their tax packet at the Leisure World Library. All forms were to be completed before coming to the appointment.
At the appointment, masks were required. Residents were interviewed on the patio of Clubhouse 3 outside of the new Knowledge and Learning Center across from the Library. After the interview, taxpayers were asked to wait in their car or an adjacent area for the return to be prepared and quality reviewed. After the return was completed, it was reviewed with the resident and the signature was obtained on the documents that allow the return to be e-filed.
The following records were required to be brought to the appointment, if they were applicable to you:
- Social Security card
- Government issued ID or Leisure World photo ID
- Copy of 2019 and 2020 Federal and State returns
- Forms W-2
- Forms 1099 for interest, dividends, pensions, social security benefits, sales of stocks
- Forms 1095A/CA3895 Healthcare Subsidy Forms if you had Covered Care Medical Insurance through California
- Letter 6475 from IRS showing the amount of your 2021 Economic Impact Payment
- Amount of California Golden State Stimulus I and II Payment(s) received
- Copy of a voided check, if you want a refund to be deposited or a direct debit from your checking account
We cannot prepare returns that are Out-of-Scope for our program. You must be a resident of California for the full year. If married, you must file Married Filing Jointly. We cannot prepare returns with Rental Property, Self-employed returns with a net loss or expenses exceeding $35,000, and sale of anything other than California residence, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
March 8th Shredding Event Very Successful
The Golden Age Foundation “Shredding Event” on March 8th was a huge success.
In the last 6-7 years of shredding events, we haven’t seen so many cars coming without any breaks, steadily for two hours. The volunteers worked so hard to keep up with shredding on the site and finally less than a half-hour left, they were able to keep up with the flow of cars.
The “Drop and Go” method worked extremely well. Residents didn’t even need to get out of their cars. GAF volunteers retrieved the items from the resident’s cars, which made it so much easier on everyone. This method will probably continue since it is working so well.
Our truck driver, Manny was so helpful. It was a constant flow of cars dropping off their items to be shredded. There were over 450 cars/carts who were served.
A reminder for the next shredding event in July 12th, 2022.
Please do not bring batteries to the event. There are buckets behind Building 5 where the batteries can be disposed.
For the next shredding, we ask the community please put all your shredding in paper bags only with the papers to be shredded visible. Please do not put your shredding in plastic bags to prevent any potential fire accident in the truck. No boxes, please. Mobile Shredding Company has asked us to untie the the packages to prevent truck fire.
Our appreciation goes to new volunteers Dave Forney and Teresa Danton for their services, it couldn’t come a better time to have a great help when we needed badly. While GAF volunteers felt a shortage of help untying those plastic bags, Jeri and Ted Nowell from the Mutual Five jumped in to help the situation and GAF Board would like to thank them for their impromptu services for us.
Thank you again to the community for their generosity at this event. Donations are gratefully accepted and are used to fund the GAF programs. GAF is a 501 c3 nonprofit foundation.