Understanding the Potential
In recent years, the landscape of volunteering has changed, bringing with it substantial opportunities:
- Communities Need Help. Because of the economy, communities need help now more than ever. Service organizations are short-staffed, budgets are tight and people are in need.
- Baby Boomers Want to Share their Skills. Boomers are retiring and seeking meaningful ways to contribute to society. They offer a wealth of talent, expertise and enthusiasm.
- Pairing the Two Can Strengthen Our Communities. The potential power of this match is impressive. Boomers are used to managing their own affairs. As volunteers, they can do assignments for themselves, reducing staff time. The next step is to help organizations prepare for this influx of volunteers, many of whom want different types of opportunities than organizations currently offer.
Steps to Get Started
Care to join the movement? Here’s how to get started:
- Make a Case for Volunteering
- Get Your Organization Ready
- Plan Your Program
- Recruit and Train Volunteers
Still not sure? To learn more about the potential of older adult volunteers, review the research and additional resources below:
- Expanding Roles for Older Adults in an Aging Society
- Older Americans and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century: A Review
- The Changing Paradigm of Civic Engagement
- The Health Benefits of Volunteering for Older Americans
- Volunteer Management Capacity in America's Charities and Congregations
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