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Boomers Get Connected to Volunteer Opportunities

Boomers Get Connected VolunteersEvery month in our Eastern Jackson County Community, 500 Boomers turn age 65. Some see this as a challenge, however, our Community for All Ages Coalition believes it presents a tremendous opportunity. Through partnerships with local and region organizations, the Coalition has developed ways to utilize the talent, time and energy of our community’s new retirees.

Studies show that community engagement is beneficial for both physical and mental health. And based on market research we conducted with people age 55 and better in Eastern Jackson County, 80 percent are currently volunteering and of the 20 percent who aren’t, 75 percent are interested in doing so.

So, in 2017, the Community for All Ages Coalition launched the Boomers Get Connected initiative. Working with United Way’s Get Connected site, a free online database of volunteer opportunities, and volunteer managers from organizations throughout Eastern Jackson County, Boomers Get Connected makes it easier for people to find volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Boomers Get Connected To date, more than 3,600 people have created Get Connected profiles, and the United Way reports that 57 percent have self-identified as part of the Boomers Get Connected user group.

There are 239 organizations using Get Connected to recruit volunteers, including Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Lindsay Browne, Habitat’s Community Engagement Manager, appreciates the efficiency of the site and the opportunity to reach a larger pool of volunteers.

Lindsay is one of 19 nonprofit professionals from Eastern Jackson County to receive a scholarship from Truman Heartland to participate in Nonprofit Connect’s Volunteer Management Institute at no cost.

The Boomers Get Connected initiative is a great example of using collective impact to help retirees stay active and engaged and provides a model that we hope will be incorporated in neighboring communities and across the region.

Truman Heartland’s Community for All Ages Coalition, now 60 members strong, is committed to working collaboratively and proactively to ensure that our Eastern Jackson County communities are prepared for the challenges and opportunities created by the changing demographics. Learn more about the Coalition at https://www.thcf.org/Initiatives-Impact/Community-for-All-Ages-Coalition



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