Coffee & Conversation

Hosted by Always United, an Affinity Group for those in & approaching retirement

Great Rivers United Way is putting on the coffee and inviting you to learn more about issues affecting you and our community. These events are FREE. We provide coffee and a sweet treat (in-person events only); you join the conversation.

June 2021 Google, Apps & Good-for-you Games

June 2021’s conversation covers how to effectively search the Internet and trusting the results; keyboard shortcuts that make searching easier; and phone apps that are good and some you can delete, as well as non-violent video games that can help keep your brain sharp.


May 2021 Engaging Younger Generations

May 2021’s conversation shares how to get beyond asking yours kids and grandkids ‘how was your day?’ or ‘what did you learn at school?’ Get tips on what’s cool and what’s definitely not. Experts Rachel and Michael from The Parenting Place, and Brittanie from YMCA La Crosse, led this conversation.

April 2021 How are you… really?

We all have days when we feel happy and vital, as well as times when we feel lonely, scared, or useless. Better Together ( will help us check in on our emotions and acknowledge that they are part of our human experience and a source of strength.

March 2021 Minimalist Living

We live in a society that implores us to purchase the latest gadget, appliance, fashion, or beauty product. But when is enough, enough? Cate Hollowitsch had an epiphany when she had to clean out her parents’ home, and she’s never looked back – or been happier. Check out this conversation, and find out what you, too, can live without.

Bonus resource! At the request of attendees of this presentation, we compiled this list of spring cleaning resources.

February 2021 Mobile Money – Which payment app is for me?

Venmo, Zelle, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and more. Which, if any, digital payment service is right for you? We’ll bring in tech and financial advisors to discuss the safety and ease of use of each of these various applications and contactless transactions, and to answer any questions you have.

January 2021

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Winter’s Worst Disasters & How to Survive Them

When winter does its worst, leaving deep snow, impassable roads, and downed powerlines, will you survive without an electric stove, a charged cell phone, internet access, or heat? Or, are you prepared to combat bitter cold temperatures with portable space heaters — the very type that are most to blame for winter house fires? Molly McCormick of the American Red Cross knows what you’re up against, and she’ll provide some tips that could be lifesaving.

November 2020

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Retirement: Are you ready?

Are you considering leaving the workplace behind? If so, it’s time to start looking at your retirement readiness, both financially and emotionally.Sure, it’s great when your alarm clock no longer goes off, but are you ready for weeks and months without a steady paycheck, a daily sense of purpose, and the camaraderie that your colleagues provide? We’ll help you ask the questions and find the answers that are right for you.

June 2020

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The Art of Downsizing

We spend our adult lives selecting furniture, cookware, souvenirs, and decor to make our lives happy and comfortable. When it comes time to move into a smaller place, it’s not easy to decide which items won’t make the trip.

Sara Wrobel, Executive Director of Causeway Caregivers and Facilitator of Before the After, will have some prompts to help us think about our living space and the heirlooms our children will (or won’t!) want.


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