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People Everywhere Are Working for the Greater Good in the Second Half of Life
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Boomers and Giving Back

Older Adults and Civic Engagement
Service Organizations for Adults Over 55
  • Baby boomers want to retire but stay involved – This editorial discusses Civic Ventures and Experience Corps in Tucson, suggesting that "Our community needs to embrace the energy, expertise and wisdom of retirees and encourage their involvement here." It quotes Ellen Hargis, CEO of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Tucson's host to Experience Corps, noting that for Arizona retirees, often "golf isn't enough." The editorial also quotes Civic Ventures CEO Marc Freedman. (2006) – [VIEW]
  • World Volunteer Web – A part of the UN Volunteers Programme and services as a global one-stop-shop for information, resources, and organizations linked to volunteerism. – [VIEW]
  • Volunteer Solutions – United Way's national web-based search engine that allows individuals to look for local volunteer opportunities in a wide range of areas. – [VIEW]
  • Volunteers in Medicine Institute – Recruits retired medical professionals to volunteer in clinics in more than 15 states that supply free medical and dental services to people who would otherwise not have access to health care. – [VIEW]
  • VolunteerMatch – Operates an online service that matches potential volunteers with places that need their services, while also offering a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement. – [VIEW]
  • The USA Freedom Corps – Provides a large clearinghouse of national service opportunities and links to other national information sources, including Network for Good, VolunteerMatch, Idealist, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and others. – [VIEW]
  • United Nations Volunteers – Provides information on applying for a national or international volunteer experience, offering primarily long-term service projects. – [VIEW]
  • Troops to Teachers – Helps retired military personnel begin second careers as public school teachers. This Department of Defense program also alerts applicants to teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification, and job opportunities. – [VIEW]
  • Take Pride in America – A national partnership established by the Department of the Interior that recruits and links volunteers with organizations across the country that work mainly on public lands, such as national parks, forests, grasslands, and historical sites. – [VIEW]
  • SeniorNet – Provides older adults with training in computer and Internet skills. Volunteer senior instructors teach computer training classes in over 200 Learning Centers in the U.S. and offer online classes, discussion boards, and an active online community. – [VIEW]
  • Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE) – Offers adults over 55 the chance to use their skills and knowledge to assist the Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of ways, including technical support and scientific research. – [VIEW]
  • Senior Companions – Brings together low-income volunteers over 60 with adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes or communities. Stipends available. Senior Companions is a program of Senior Corps. – [VIEW]
  • SCORE – A national network of retired and working executives who volunteer free business counseling and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Association. – [VIEW]
  • RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – Connects volunteers 55 and over to a diverse range of service opportunities in their communities. RSVP is a program of Senior Corps. – [VIEW]
  • Princeton Project 55 – Works to tap the vast resources available for the public good among groups of college alumni. In addition to Princeton, it works with alumni groups from other colleges and universities. – [VIEW]
  • Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network – Mobilize millions of volunteers of all ages to help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. – [VIEW]
  • OASIS – Offers lifelong learning opportunities in programs for the arts, humanities, wellness, science, and technology. Maintains a volunteer opportunities database for opportunities in more than 25 cities. – [VIEW]
  • Network for Good – Connects individuals with charities by facilitating secure online donations and exploration of volunteer opportunities. – [VIEW]
  • The National Retiree Volunteer Coalition – Under the Umbrella of Volunteers for America, The National Retiree Volunteer Coalition (NRVC) is dedicated to creating a national movement of corporate retiree volunteer leadership and service. Offers consultation, program development and training to corporations, universities, healthcare systems, governmental institutions and other employers. – [VIEW]
  • MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership – Promotes the mentoring of young children by adults of any age, and maintains a list of links to state and local mentoring organizations nationwide. – [VIEW]
  • International Senior Lawyers Project – Provides volunteer legal services by experienced attorneys to advance democracy and the rule of law in developing countries. – [VIEW]
  • Idealist – An online search engine that links potential volunteers with volunteer and job opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. – [VIEW]
  • Hands On Network – A growing Network of local nonprofit organizations that act as civic action centers. In partnership with community-based agencies, the Hands On Network recruits and manages teams of volunteers to staff community projects. – [VIEW]
  • Habitat for Humanity International – An ecumenical Christian housing ministry that uses volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to build and rehabilitate simple houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. – [VIEW]
  • Foster Grandparents – Connects low-income volunteers age 60 and over with disadvantaged or disabled youth. Stipends available. Foster Grandparents is a program of Senior Corps. – [VIEW]
  • Executive Service Corps – A network of nonprofit consulting groups that recruits those who have held senior positions to provide affordable consulting services to nonprofits, schools, and government agencies. – [VIEW]
  • The Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement – Works to increase opportunities for older adults to protect the environment through a coalition of environmental, aging, and volunteer organizations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and AARP. – [VIEW]
  • Elderhostel – Provides educational and service adventures all over the world to adults aged 55 and over. – [VIEW]
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service – The umbrella agency for several national service programs, including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Learn and Serve America, and Senior Corps. – [VIEW]
  • Bridgestar – Operates an online job database for senior executive leaders considering or planning a career move into the nonprofit sector. Bridgestar also operates a talent-matching service to help connect nonprofit organizations with senior job seekers. – [VIEW]
  • BoardnetUSA – A national web site that posts available nonprofit board positions. – [VIEW]
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – A nationally recognized mentoring program that invites adults of all ages to become mentors for school-age children. Volunteers typically meet for about an hour a week with a child in need. – [VIEW]
  • AmeriCorps – A network of national service programs that engages Americans through nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health care, and the environment. – [VIEW]
  • American Association of State Service Commissions – Represents State Service Commissions that administer AmeriCorps funds at the state level and provide connections with a broad range of service and volunteer opportunities. – [VIEW]
  • America's Promise – A national initiative dedicated to mobilizing individuals, groups, and organizations to strengthen the character and competence of America's youth. – [VIEW]
  • Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps – Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps is a nonprofit organization for those over 50 who want to work with and advocate for the poor in their communities. Volunteers typically serve two days a week for 10 months each year in local agencies. – [VIEW]
  • AARP - Community Service Opportunities: – AARP offers its members a variety of volunteer opportunities through its community service programs (AARP Driver Safety, AARP Tax-Aide, and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program), AARP chapters, NRTA(AARP's educators community), and various state-based community service activities. – [VIEW]
  • Senior Medicare Patrol – Teaches retired professionals to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to be better health care consumers and to help identify and prevent billing errors and fraud. – [VIEW]
  • Peace Corps Older Applicants – Peace Corps sends volunteers across the globe to develop self-sustaining projects in agriculture, business, education, and health. Increasing numbers of Peace Corps volunteers are over 50. – [VIEW]
  • International Executive Service Corps – Uses Private sector volunteers to assist economic growth around the world through technical and managerial assistance consultancies. – [VIEW]
  • Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement – Helps older adults play an active and visible role in protecting and improving the environment in their communities. – [VIEW]
  • Senior Corps – Senior Corps is a network of three senior service programs - Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP(Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) - that taps the experiences and skills of older citizens to meet community challenges. – [VIEW]
  • Experience Corps – Experience Corps, a national service program for Americans over 55, runs tutoring and mentoring projects in underserved schools. Experience Corps is a program of Civic Ventures. – [VIEW]

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