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Dear Friend,


Featured this month:

Between the BBQs and fireworks, July is often a month for fun under the sun with family. But as Sandwich Generation Month, it is also an important time for us to recognize those caring for both children and aging parents or grandparents.

The numbers speak for themselves. An estimated 24 million Americans are Sandwich Generation caregivers — in fact, 33% of Boomers and 42% of Gen Xers have a parent aged 65 or over and are caring for a dependent child as well. At Lotsa, there are thousands of communities created to provide an extra hand to those caregivers that find themselves in the aptly called, Sandwich Generation. If you know someone juggling everyday life while caring for children and aging loved ones, perhaps the greatest impact you can have on their well-being is to offer them your help. We encourage volunteers in our communities to go beyond asking “What can I do to help?” – but rather to suggest specific ways to provide assistance. Maybe you can offer to pick up groceries, make a meal on Tuesday night, or play with the kids on Saturday morning. See more examples of helping here.

This summer, if you are fortunate enough to be able to find time for R&R, don’t forget to also reach out to those caregivers you know and offer them a little respite too.

For additional Sandwich Generation resources, visit Caregiving Club, and check out our webinar on the Sandwich Generation.

     From our Community to yours,

          Hal Chapel, Co-Founder & CEO


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This summer on Twitter and Facebook, we’ve been featuring our many nonprofit partners in our Partner Spotlight. This July, we want to hear your stories!

Are you in a Lotsa community tied to one of our nonprofit partners? Share your story. Whether you came to Lotsa through the organization, or simply have found the resources in your community useful in your journey, share how our many nonprofit partners have helped you.


Lotsa Tips — Get Involved This Summer

Have you checked out our Open Communities yet? Open Communities are an excellent way to organize help in your town or neighborhood so that anyone who needs help can find it and those who want to volunteer can. Read our tips below to learn more about starting and volunteering in Open Communities. And if you’re looking for more ideas for your Lotsa Community, head over to our How it Works Page, or contact our Member Support Center to get your questions answered!

1. Search for an Open Community — Want to volunteer in a local Community but not sure where to start? Search for an Open Community in your local town or neighborhood. Simply enter your zip code or city/state. If you don't find one today, new Communities are being started every day so search again soon or leave your name with us.

2. Create an Open Community for your town — Are you organizing a neighborhood clean up day, or coordinating volunteers for a summer block party? Consider starting an Open Community in your town or neighborhood to keep your neighbors, friends and community in touch and involved. Learn more from our Open Community Tip Sheet.


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