SAGE: Annual Report 2020

Publish date: June 2021
Source: SAGE
Topics: SAGE Documents

“Looking back on 2020, I’m brimming with pride at how SAGE’s staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and supporters rose to the occasion in the face of emergencies that truly defied advance preparation. I’m particularly proud of our elders, who were at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020 and yet still pushed forward. Even in the midst of health threats that have little precedent in terms of their scope and severity, our elders reminded us last spring that it was SAGE’s responsibility to step up to the plate and affirm that Black Lives Matter. They reminded us that words aren’t enough when it comes to battling white supremacy and advancing racial justice, pushing to ensure that SAGE’s supportive words are matched with impactful actions through our organization’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative. They buttressed and led us to keep standing strong against the bigotry and ugliness of the Trump administration, even as we navigated a global public health crisis that hit so close to home. They put the wind in our sails when SAGE won the only bipartisan LGBTQ+ congressional victory of the Trump era—amending the Older Americans Act to dramatically expand the opportunities for LGBTQ+ older people to access federally-funded elder services across the country. This is what SAGEStrong looks like. It’s the way our elders taught us to live, to be.”