Who we are
The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) was formed in 2003 in order to build a statewide network of hundreds of organizations and individuals to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for ourselves, our families and future generations.
Representing over 1 million seniors and growing, CARA’s broad-based coalition includes senior centers, resident associations, union retirees, retired public employees, community-based organizations, and a variety of other senior agencies and advocacy organizations. CARA is the state affiliate of the 4.3 million member national Alliance for Retired Americans. Click here to read more about Sustaining Organizations, Contributing Organizations, and Organizational Afflilates.
What we do
CARA is a statewide network of hundreds of organizations that educate and inform its membership, the public, and elected officials about the issues that affect the well-being of California’s older adults – and mobilizes its members to take action on these issues. CARA is a charitable 501 (c)4 organization. The CARA Education Fund, CARA’s training and education arm, is a 501 (c)3 organization.
CARA has active campaigns at the local, state and national levels on our core issues. Click the button below to send a letter to your Congressional representatives and tell them to protect the earned benefit programs seniors depend on.
Find out what is going on in your area, in Sacramento around California, and in Washington D.C. CARA hosts or co-sponsors many rallies, briefings, legislative visits, forums, trainings and more throughout the year.