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1 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Evelyn Jordan, MSW JD Miami-Dade Community Action Agency Elderly Programs Division

2 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Objectives How to recruit boomer volunteers. Where to recruit boomer volunteers. Are we prepared for boomer volunteers ? How are we using boomer volunteers ? EJ 4/27/07

3 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve How to recruit boomer volunteers Volunteer opportunities should be designed and marketed for boomers who are invested in their neighborhoods and communities. Volunteer opportunities should be flexible Volunteer opportunities should be targeted Area of interest Specific volunteer description EJ 4/27/07

4 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve How to recruit boomer volunteers Elaborate on the benefits of volunteering Each person bring skills, knowledge and networks that they have accumulated throughout their careers and lives. Expound on how their skills will be utilized in your agency/service/program. Assist the volunteer to envision how they will impact your agency/service/program. Provide volunteers the opportunity to form relationships that make good use of the skills they have accumulated over the years EJ 4/27/07

5 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Where to recruit boomer volunteers Employees who are retiring from your organization, not necessarily from your specific program, are extremely valuable. Professional, social and membership organizations. Religious organizations Ethnic organizations EJ 4/27/07

6 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Are we prepared for boomer volunteers Are we prepared to present alternative volunteer opportunities for the boomer volunteers? According to the: Boomer volunteers have specific interests and ideas. Boomer volunteers have specific needs or wants Boomer volunteers can and do think out of the box, can we? EJ 4/27/07

7 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Are we prepared for boomer volunteers The sandwich generation. Persons from different ethnic backgrounds who are also multi-lingual, multi-cultural. EJ 4/27/07

8 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve How are we using boomer volunteers? Boomer volunteers interests can be utilized to do short-term projects. Boomer volunteers interests can be utilized to do specific long-term projects. Boomer volunteers interests can be utilized to do traditional volunteer opportunities. EJ 4/27/07

9 Boomer Volunteers: Lessons Learned from the Community We Serve Evelyn Jordan, MSW JD Miami-Dade Community Action Agency Elderly Programs Division Director 395 NW 1 St. Suite 207 Miami, FL miamidade.gov Delivering Excellence Every Day


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