Responsible Travel: Episode 076

Tammie Ferguson on responsible travel

What is responsible travel?

I spoke with Tammie Ferguson who owns Love in Action Travel. Don't you just love that name? Tammie talks about socially responsible travel. Tammie created Love in Action travel for people who want to combine their love of travel with their passion for serving others and making a positive difference.

We spent a good amount of time talking about “Voluntourism” Trips. They plan itineraries to different countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. People can sign up and join on the trip. These are 9-10 day itineraries with 5 days of that being spent building a home.

 Some of the projects they work on are:

  • Habitat for Humanity global village home builds
  • Serving orphanages
  • Creating Healthy Home kits, including smokeless stoves and water filters

Why Responsible Travel?

  • Great opportunity to meet new people
  • Explore a different country
  • Learn a new skill
  • Rejuvenate
  • Give back

Although prices vary and can change, Tammie has a trip planned to Guatemala in June and the (2017) fee is $1,870. The trip fee includes meals, lodging, any cultural activities, ground transportation, the community service project that you will be involved in, and even travel medical insurance. You pay for the flight, money for souvenirs if you want any, and bring extra for that massage after all your hard work!

Tammie also talks about the other trips she plans which include Agritourism Experiences, Cultural Tours, and Fathom Cruises

Today's Freebie, 5 Ways Impact Travel Helps You Rock Retirement, can be found at http://RockYourRetirement.com/Impact

Contact information for Tammie

Email: info@loveinactiontravel.com * Website: LoveInActionTravel.com * Facebook: http://facebook.com/loveinactiontravel

If you would like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity go to https://www.habitat.org/

Special Thanks to:

    • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
    • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
    • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

Amazing way to get seniors involved in Technology: Episode 71

Gary Knight

Gary Knight

Today Gary Knight came on the show and told us about San Diego Futures Foundation (SFFF).  This organization helps seniors and low income individuals get computers at a reduced rate.

SDFF also teaches their recipients how to use the technology, which is often a hurdle in their target populations.

Gary Knight is the Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to improve lives in San Diego through technology. SDFF provides equipment, software, training, services, and technical support to San Diego nonprofits, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents.  SDFF is working to bridge the digital divide in San Diego, and helps low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors.

Prior to joining the San Diego Futures Foundation, Gary Knight was the president and chief executive officer of the San Diego North Economic Development Council.  The council is a coalition of public and private entities whose main objective is to attract, retain and develop business in North County. It has almost doubled its membership since Knight took over in 2004.  As president, Knight pushed for improved transportation options, greater educational opportunities, and reliable/affordable power supplies.  Gary also provided strong support for the proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad and the new Palomar Hospital in Escondido.

Gary sits on a number of Boards, Committees, and Advisory Groups all across San Diego.

The organization not only helps those over 65 (and on Medicare) or those people of any age who are on Medi-Cal (California's version of Medicaid) or Cal-Fresh (California's version of Food Stamps) but it also helps anyone volunteer.  Seniors can get a computer for little to no cost and then learn how to use it.  SDFF gets seniors involved in technology.

This Technology program works by partnering with:

  • Connect to Compete
    • Designed for kids who are on the Free Lunch program
    • Low-Cost Internet
    • Low-Cost Computers
  • Groups of people who want to volunteer by setting up computer labs at schools
  • SDFutures.org which is part of SDFF and provides computers and IT support to non-profits
  • Girls who Code, a school program that encourages girls to go into technology fields

Are the computers FREE?  No, because of some issues in the past, the computers are not free. These high-end computers start at about $100.  Some people do get donated computers depending on the availability, need, and other factors.  These low cost and free computers help get seniors involved in technology.

SDFF re-formats the donated computers according to Department of Defense Standards.  They also send unusable computers to a salvage company that meets their security and disposal requirements.  Additionally, their staff undergoes background checks.  Donors can feel good about donating their computers without having to worry about their data getting into the wrong hands.

Hospital re-admittance rates are about 30% compared to only about 10% when the senior has something to look forward to.  Working on a project or volunteering gives them something to look forward to.

Gary told us a retirement lifestyle story about a man who was in a wheelchair because of a leg amputation due to diabetes.  He rolled up to Gary and exclaimed, “You saved my life!”  That was interesting to Gary since he had never met him.

He explained that he had received one of their computers at a very low point in his life (right after his amputation).  The gentleman had loved to work on cars and attend car shows before he lost his leg but was now confined to a wheelchair.

By using the computer to join chat rooms and view car events online, he felt invigorated again with a newfound purpose in life.  By the time he met Gary, he had started a web site for car buffs where they shared stories that made him feel involved and contributing to something that was important to him.  He was even doing live streaming and moderating a chat room! He's getting get seniors involved in technology now!

To help protect yourself and your family, I recommend that you download Gary's Freebie, The Cyber Safety Toolkit, by going to https://rockyourretirement.com/cyber

Get it now because seniors involved in technology need to protect themselves.

You can reach Gary at 619-269-1684 or http://www.SDFutures.org

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com

2-1-1 San Diego-find your volunteer home

San Diego has it's own 9-1-1. Yes! You read that right! Alana Kalinowski will give us an idea on what it does and how it is a big help. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/211-san-diego-find-your-volunteer-home

Alana Kalinowski with 2-1-1 San Diego

Alana Kalinowski with 2-1-1 San Diego

2-1-1 San Diego's mission is to help people by connecting them to services and provide vital data and trend information for proactive community planning.

Alana Kalinowski manages the Community Outreach Program at 2-1-1 San Diego. 2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 service.  This service includes stigma-free confidential phone service, and it also includes a searchable on line database. It's also important to note that 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County.

2-1-1 San Diego has a staff of 150 people who take about 1200 calls per day.

They have approximately 1,500 organizations in their database that they can refer people to. The majority of their referral sources are non-profit and government agencies. Their vetting process includes; checking licenses, certificates, and making sure they provide the services they say they provide.

98 % of the US is under 2-1-1 jurisdiction however, the programs can vary drastically in each state.

Just some of the referral services that 2-1-1 San Diego offers are:

  • Cool Zones-residents can use the Cool Zones to escape the heat and reduce their own air conditioning use.
  • It provides locations on where you can your taxes filed for free.
  • 2-1-1 provides locations for flu shots.
  • It also provides locations for free blood pressure checks.
  • Fix-It Service -provides volunteers to help with minor home modifications or repairs.
  • 2-1-1 provides Courage to Call-which is a veteran staffed helpline dedicated to assisting active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families.
  • They have a seat at the counties information center and get real time information during a disaster to provide non-emergency resources.
  • Health Navigation Program- this is a program that serves as a single access point information and referral system for San Diego County, connecting anyone to available health services.

For more information Call 2-1-1 or go to their website at: http://211sandiego.org/new/

To get today's FREEBIE,  “How Retirees can use 211 to find a place to volunteer” go to: www.RockYourRetirement.com/volunteer211

Click the link below if  you would like to download a copy of the 2-1-1 Disaster Response Checklist. Alana thought this would be a good tool for people to have.

211 Disaster Response

Working with seniors for his own Retirement: Ep 39

Steve Pettersen is with us today to talk about what he is doing after retirement and he gives us an advice on what to do before or after retirement. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/working-with-seniors-for-his-own-retirement-ep-39

Steve Pettersen is working with seniors for his own retirement.

Steve Pettersen is working with seniors

Steve Pettersen is working with seniors

Steve is now 66 years old and semi-retired. He spent the last ten years volunteering for Junior Achievement and the City of Carlsbad. He worked for UPS for 18 years in Sales/Marketing and in Logistics/Supply chain solutions division. He was part of

the Logistics Group that change the strategic direction of UPS.

Why is he working with seniors?

Steve has been a caregiver for the last three years.  He provides seniors non-medical services so the senior clients can stay at home. He also works part time in Sales/Marketing for seniors and been doing this for 3 months now.  He talks about the daily challenges of working with people who have dementia and how it takes patience and loving kindness.

Steve told us a couple of stories.  To hear the stories, be sure to listen to the show.  You can get instructions to listen on

your smartphone HERE, otherwise you can click on the player and listen on your computer.

One of his clients was a man with sleeping sickness “Bob”.  That's crazy right?  Who knew that we had sleeping sickness in San Diego?  Bob left a big impression on Steve, who was very impressed with “Bob’s” courage.  Coast News even created a news story about Steve and “Bob”.

Steve said that it takes a “certain type of individual” to do continue working with seniors.

He learned patience, love, kindness, and compassion.  It has made him a better person, Steve said.  He also that it is important to have engaged caregivers.  I can understand that because it didn’t seem like my father in law’s caregiver was engaged in her job at all.

In addition to working with seniors, he’s done the following activities during his retirement:

  • Steve worked in the kitchen at the Carlsbad Senior Center preparing and serving lunch.
  • He taught a cooking class to a group of 25 seniors for 2 years.
  • He taught 3rd graders a course called “City Stuff” for the last seven years in Carlsbad.
  • Steve taught Junior Achievement business courses to both middle school and high school Students all over North County.
  • Steve also volunteered at Scripps Memorial in Encinitas for 4 years.

What do you think people should know before they retire?

Steve said it’s important to have a life plan or activity plan. I’ve gotten requests before for help with this, so I created a guide for you, and you can download it for free at http://RockYourRetirement.com/lifeplan

What to do if you feel stuck?

When we retire we have fears to engage the unknown.  The desire to do other meaningful things can get lost.   So stay physically active, and give back by volunteering or working part time.

SCORE San Diego and Sally Broff: Episode 11

Let's talk about SCORE with Sally Broff. You can listen to the show at the bottom of this page or on your smartphone.

SCORE San Diego

Raised in the Pittsburgh area, she left for college in 1967 attending Brandeis University. She followed that with a master’s degree at Boston University. Sally lived in Boston until 1993, working for some very small manufacturing companies.

In 1986, she and her partner founded a manufacturer's representative company specializing in selling power sources to manufacturers.

Then in 1993 she sold her portion of the business to her partner and moved to Southern California where she and her life partner founded a company. They ran that company for 10 years and sold it in 2007.  This is where her retirement began.  After that, Sally joined SCORE, a national organization that serves small businesses.


  • Sally and her partner Bob have a 12-year age difference and age has not been an issue for them.
  • Sally does a variety of activities with friends in the community she lives in.


  • Sally likes to take one big trip each year and has been to some fascinating places such as; a trip to the Middle East last year, a cruise around South America, a land tour in China, and the Greek Islands.


  • She is the very first female president of the SCORE San Diego chapter. Learn what SCORE is and how she helps people through her volunteer work.
  • Once she steps down from SCORE as president in October 2016, she is not settling down! Sally plans to look into more volunteering opportunities including American Association of University Women (AAUW) and she would like to work with kids who are aging out of the foster care program.


Sally and Bob, along with two other couples in their community, exercise every other day. Their ages range from 60 to 80 years old. Exercising helps keep her healthy, helps with balance and her core strength.

She wishes she knew that in retirement she could stay so busy. Sally was worried she would end up being a couch potato with nothing to do.  She recommends that you find something that gives you the feeling that you are still making a contribution to society.  This can be a hobby, volunteer work, or even a new business venture.

If you would like to contact the San Diego SCORE chapter you can go to www.sandiego.score.org and the National SCORE website is: www.score.org

This article on Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com. ©2016-2017SCORE San Diego

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