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August 2, 2019

August 2019 Newsletter for Rainbow Elders

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Rainbow Elders' Newsletter-August 2019

For Boulder County's LGBTQ+ older adults, their allies and the professionals who serve them


We are in the middle of our pilot phase of our Rainbow Connections volunteer program to combat social isolation and create community for LGBTQ+ older adults in Boulder County. Volunteers are currently matched with recipients in need of phone and/or in-person connection from another LGBTQ+ or allied community member. Meetings are going well and both volunteers and recipients report more connection and less isolation. Volunteers report connecting with their matches through conversation, activity, and experience. We look forward to growing the program in the Fall, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please apply here. If you are interested in being matched with a volunteer, please contact Michael Chifalo at


The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) program, in partnership with the Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County sponsored a donor drive through GIVE65, a program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation in July. Thanks to your generous donations and matching funds from the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, the LGBTQ+ Programs of the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging made $2,680! Thanks again for your generosity. We couldn't do it without you!

coffee klatch

Our traveling Coffee Klatch has been successful so far this year with discussions about Nutrition, Medicare, Advance Care Planning, End of Life Planning, Caregiving, and Intergenerational Game Night.

Our Summer series continues with a visit to Out Boulder County's Community Cafe on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at OBC on Main, 630 Main Street in Longmont. For more information, contact Michael Chifalo at


In 2018, Out Boulder County conducted a community assessment survey, and the results are ready for release. Questions on this survey pertained to topics such as mental health, substance use, and experiences with bias and discrimination.

In case you missed the presentation of Out Boulder County's 2018 LGBTQ community assessment survey results presented last month, here is the full report.



One Colorado is hosting a town hall meeting in Louisville to hear from the community about what is most important for the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado. Please join to share your thoughts about what should be prioritized.

To learn more about the tour, please visit, One Colorado.