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RSVP Link for Office Warming!

March 14th, 2024|

RSVP Here You’re invited! Empowering the Ages’ Office Warming & Open House Friday, April 12, 2024 10:30AM - [...]

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Calling all early birds!

February 22nd, 2024|

Save the date! ETA’s Kofi Frempong Light A Spark Challenge will take place May 1-15, 2024, and early bird [...]

We ❤️ Sponsors — Be One!

February 13th, 2024|

Do you patronize, work for, or own a business that supports a stronger community? They can show that support [...]

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Volunteers needed now for College Project

December 18th, 2023|

WINTER/SPRING 2024: ETA has a new opportunity for volunteers age 50+, to support—and learn from—college students in University of [...]

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Volunteers Age 50+ Needed This Fall

August 31st, 2023|

We're expanding significantly this fall, so we have dozens of openings for volunteers AGE 50+ in the Montgomery [...]

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In Memoriam: Kofi Frempong

April 7th, 2023|

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of ETA Board Member Kofi Frempong, who passed suddenly on Wednesday, [...]

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ETA featured on 50+ Montgomery

March 6th, 2023|

ETA was featured on the latest episode of "50+ in Montgomery County." Thanks to the Montgomery County Commission on [...]

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Supporting Small Businesses

November 26th, 2022|

Wait, ETA is a small business? It sure is! Celebrate Small Business Saturday by donating to our MovingUp campaign [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving from ETA

November 24th, 2022|

All of us at Empowering the Ages would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! [...]

Get ready for #MovingUp

November 22nd, 2022|

Did you know... ETA just celebrated our 3rd anniversary! We're moving up from a new to an established non-profit [...]

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Celebrating National Child’s Day

November 20th, 2022|

"Every child deserves to be safe and loved — anchored by a supportive family, a welcoming community, and a [...]

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Concert at Winter Growth

October 26th, 2022|

Sharing Smiles Concerts are back, and in person! Our group of young musicians performed beautifully Oct 24 for a [...]

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Empathy Workshop

October 19th, 2022|

Our senior volunteers, staff, and board benefited from two great trainings in October: Diversity across generations with Neha Singhal, [...]

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(Closed) ETA is hiring!

September 29th, 2022|

Update: this position has been filled. Thank you to all who applied. EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM SPECIALIST The mission of [...]

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Strengthening the Foundation

September 12th, 2022|

ETA staff attended "Strengthening the Foundation: Social Emotional Development in the Early Years," MCPS's Early Childhood Education Symposium on [...]

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Life Skills Workshops for Teens

September 1st, 2022|

We're finalizing our plans for life skills workshops this year at Gaithersburg High School, and we can't wait to [...]

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Summer workshops

August 31st, 2022|

Thanks to all who attended ETA's summer workshops on Communicating With Teens. These three weekly sessions were designed for [...]

Calling ETA volunteers!

August 20th, 2022|

ETA volunteers are invited to join us and local iPhone and iPad expert Brian Cohen on Sept 20 for [...]

ETA’s Annual Staff Retreat

June 14th, 2022|

ETA's annual staff retreat and program planning day is June 14, 2022. We'll have limited access to email and [...]

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So much fun: Playground Parties!

June 11th, 2022|

It was a sea of smiles today when ETA volunteers and their pre-K students & families met for the [...]

Hail to the chief

February 18th, 2022|

“Elders and youth represent the resources needed to meet their own complementary demographic challenges: for youth, better career preparation [...]

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In the News

February 16th, 2022|

Executive director Leah Bradley was interviewed for in a recent article in the Catholic Standard about the Corporate Work [...]

Celebrating MLK

January 17th, 2022|

We celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, hero of the American civil rights movement and tireless activist [...]

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Coffee & Chat Jan 7

January 3rd, 2022|

Drop in for a few minutes or for the whole hour: Friday, Jan 7, 9-10 a.m. EST For all [...]

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ETA’s Staff is Growing Again

December 9th, 2021|

We are pleased to announce that Marcy Frosh has joined the ETA team as a consultant on the Connections [...]

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Support ETA through Amazon Smile

November 26th, 2021|

If you're holiday shopping on Amazon, you can help ETA in two easy steps! 1) Select ETA as your AmazonSmile [...]

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Love Letters

November 19th, 2021|

We received this great letter recently about a pair of ETA's Sharing Smiles pen-pals. Did you know ETA matched [...]

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Connections in November

November 15th, 2021|

Our talented "class of 2021" Connections volunteers are getting ready to meet the pre-K students and families they'll be mentoring [...]

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Crossing Paths in November

November 13th, 2021|

With multiple groups up and running, our Crossing Paths participants have a lot to say this fall! Teens and [...]

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Welcome, Gloria!

November 10th, 2021|

We are thrilled to welcome Gloria Guba to our ETA team! Gloria came to ETA from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps [...]

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2021 Board Retreat

November 4th, 2021|

ETA's entire staff and board met for our annual retreat last weekend! Though it was chilly outdoors, the energy [...]



October 5th, 2021|

We celebrated our 2nd anniversary with a Bingo Night fundraiser on October 3 that was even bigger and better [...]

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Diversity Training

October 5th, 2021|

ETA staff, board members, and volunteers came together last week for part one of a two-part training on the [...]