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Bowling Alone
Bowling Alone

Groundbreaking book by Robert D. Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures-- and how we may reconnect.
Urban Institute
Urban Institute

The Urban Institute’s Perspectives on Productive Aging is a series of data and policy briefs focused on civic engagement activities among adults age 55 and older.
NAAS
National Academy on an Aging Society

The National Academy on an Aging Society (NAAS) “Civic Engagement in an Older America” project aims to produce and promote research that will contribute to the development of more effective social institutions, programs, and policies that will increase older adults’ civic participation.
WHCoA
White House Conference on Aging

The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade to make aging policy recommendations to the President and Congress, and to help guide the public and private sectors in promoting the dignity, health, independence and economic security of current and future generations of older persons.
AoA
Administration on Aging

As the federal focal point and advocate agency for older Americans, the role of the Administration on Aging is to heighten awareness among other federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the nation and alert them to the needs of vulnerable older people.




Health Benefits
Health Benefits

This review-of-the-research report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression, and less incidence of heart disease.


NGA
NGA

The goal of The National Governors Association Civic Engagement of Seniors Initiative is to help states improve the health and lives of older adults by substantially increasing the proportion of older adults who engage in employment, volunteerism, and education.
CNCS
CNCS

The Corporation for National and Community Service is an independent federal agency formed to engage Americans of all ages in service to meet community needs through its three major programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.



Successful Aging
Successful Aging

This groundbreaking book successfully destroyed some common negative myths about aging (e.g., that illness accompanies aging or that mental capacity diminishes with age) and firmly established the importance of creativity and strong social ties for good health in later life.

WUSTL
WUSTL

The work of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) focuses on societal inclusion and ways to promote civic engagement and service across the life course.
Experience Wave
Experience Wave

A national campaign to advance federal and state policies that will make it easier for mid-life and older adults to stay engaged in work, education, and community life.
OAA The Older Americans Act (OAA) authorizes and funds a comprehensive network that provides services, opportunities, and protections for older Americans to help them maintain health and independence in their homes and to pursue “meaningful activity within the widest range of civic, cultural, and recreational activities.” Senior Corps.
Senior Corps.

A network of three senior service programs—Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)—that tap the experience and skills of older citizens to meet community challenges.
Take Pride in America
Take Pride in America

A national partnership established by the Department of the Interior that recruits and links volunteers with organizations across the country. These organizations work mainly on public lands, such as national parks, forests, grasslands, and historical sites.



HSPH
HSPH

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement has launched a national media campaign using news coverage, advertising, and prime-time entertainment programming to promote healthy aging, reshape cultural attitudes toward the older years, and encourage Boomers to volunteer their time, skills, and experience to help strengthen communities.




SEE
SEE

The Senior Environment 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.
Peace Corps.
Peace Corps.

Sends volunteers across the globe to develop self-sustaining projects in agriculture, business, education, and health.




Temple
Temple

The Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University has created a wide range of intergenerational programs designed to meet the needs of children and youth, older adults, and families.


    SCORE
Score

A national network of retired and working executives who volunteer free business counseling and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.






NCCCR
NCCCR

The North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) serves as a laboratory for exploring creative and productive roles for a new generation of retirement-aged people, many of whom will blend education with post-retirement careers.
OASIS
Oasis

Lifelong learning opportunities in programs for the arts, humanities, wellness, science, and technology.
Experience Corps.
Experience Corps.

National service program for Americans over 55 who provide tutoring and mentoring in underserved schools.
Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers

Helps retired military personnel begin a second career as public school teachers.


GSA
GSA

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of aging.

CAEL
Shepherd's Centers

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is a national non-profit organization which creates and manages effective learning strategies for working adults through partnerships with employers, higher education, the public sector, and labor.
Shepherd's Centers
Shepherd's Centers

Shepherd’s Centers of America is a network of interfaith community-based organizations that empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.
Partnerships for Public Service
Partnerships for Public Service

The Partnership for Public Service’s FedExperience initiative will encourage retiring baby boomers to pursue encore careers with the federal government.
       N4A
N4A

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) advocates on behalf of the 655 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the nation to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.
Get Involved!
Get Involved!

Access volunteer opportunities that are tailored to the skills and experience of those age 55-plus.





Lifelong Access Libraries
Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative

Engages older adults in programs and volunteer opportunities by creating local coalitions of community colleges, health centers, retirement homes, and volunteer organizations to promote opportunities for civic engagement.


SeniorNet
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.

Generations United
Generations United

A national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.


Leadership Network
Leadership Network

The Leadership Network is conducting research on churches that are exploring new and creative ways to engage older Americans in their ministry and community missions.
Civic Ventures
Civic Ventures

A think tank and incubator generating ideas and inventing programs to help society achieve the greatest return on older adults’ experience.
National Mentor Program
National Mentor Program

Promotes the mentoring of young children by adults of any age, and maintains a list of links to state and local mentoring organizations nationwide.
Hands on Network
Hands on Network

Develops volunteer projects in partnership with community-based agencies and then recruits and manages teams of volunteers to staff them.


NCoA
NCoA

A nonprofit organization with a national network of organizations and leaders from senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor.


Executive Service Corps.
Executive Service Corps.

Nationwide network of nonprofit consulting organizations that offers high impact volunteer opportunities to executives and professionals who are committed to strengthening the management of nonprofits, schools, and government agencies.
         VAN
Vital Aging Network

The Vital Aging Network builds the individual and civic capacity of older adults to create vital communities in which people of all generations work together to find the right balance between meeting the individual needs of its people and achieving the common good.
       New Directions
New Directions

A career transition service that works exclusively with leaders in the corporate, professional and public sectors, guiding them through work and life transitions to new opportunities.


ASA
ASA

The American Society on Aging (ASA) “Civic Engagement Program” aims to promote a public image of older adults that respects their wisdom, dignity, and experience as a social, economic and spirited force for the benefit of society.

International Senior Lawyer Project
International Senior Lawyer Project

Volunteer organization that offers legal advice and counseling to people who could not otherwise afford it.

Bridgestar
Bridgestar

Online job database for senior executives from (mostly) the for-profit sector considering or planning a career move into leadership positions in nonprofit organizations.



RespectAbility
RespectAbility

A program of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) committed to enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of organizations and communities by helping them develop innovative approaches to harnessing the time, talent and experience of adults 55+.
Volunteers in Medicine Institute
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.
ITN
ITN

ITNAmerica is the first and only national non-profit transportation system for America's aging population that combines the power of information technology and the strength of local, grassroots support to provide seniors with access to transportation when they want it.
ReServe
ReServe

Connects New York City's experienced older adults with stipend-paying jobs that challenge them to use their lifetime skills for the public good.
VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch

Matches potential volunteers with places that need their services.


AARP 50+ Employers
AARP 50+ Employers

This annual recognition program honors companies and organizations who value the 50+ workforce.
BreakThrough Award
Civic Ventures

Award for innovative organizations that tap the passion and experience of people over 50 to improve society.

Elderhostel
Elderhostel

Elderhostel is America's first and the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action

Faith in Action is an interfaith volunteer caregiving initiative that brings together local volunteers from many faiths to work together to care for their neighbors who have long-term health needs.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age

A Greater Philadelphia initiative to promote 50+ civic engagement, lifelong learning and community leadership.

Encore
Encore

Taps former Peace Corps volunteers and staff members back into the field on short-term assignments (typically three weeks to three months) that match their professional expertise with specific social needs.
Purpose Prize
Purpose Prize

The Purpose Prize provides five awards of $100,000 each to people over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation.
Atlantic Philanthropies
Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Aging Program aims to ensure that older adults are treated with dignity and respect; are fully empowered to shape their own destinies; have access to health and support systems; are represented by a strong cadre of leaders; and are able to contribute actively their expertise and abilities for the good of society.




Taproot
Taproot

Highly skilled professionals who are doing pro bono volunteer work to help local nonprofits increase their impact.

SHiFT
SHiFT

SHiFT is a non-profit member network which aims to empower those who are searching for a life and work more closely aligned with their values and passions.
GIA
GIA

GIA is dedicated to promoting and strengthening grant making for an aging society.
MetLife
Metlife

Foundation established with the goal of building healthy communities with access and opportunity for all, with an emphasis on volunteering and civic engagement.
Templeton
Templeton

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, wisdom, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief.


Corporate Citizenship
Corporate Citizenship

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship works with global corporations to help them leverage their social, economic and human assets to ensure both their success and a more just and sustainable world.




UPS
UPS

The UPS Foundation is helping charitable organizations improve their volunteer management practices.
MacArthur
The MacArthur Foundation provides major grant support for a number of interdisciplinary research networks exploring issues related to successful aging.


The Conference Board
The Conference Board

The world's preeminent business membership and research organization has launched an expanded “maturing workforce research initiative” to study the inclusion and engagement of late-career workers in corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

PBS Life Part II
PBS Life Part II

An innovative PBS series by and about Americans 55 and older.
PrimeTime
PrimeTime

An inspiring, mind-opening book by Marc Freedman that provides a new vision for later life that is a win-win situation for older adults and American society.
Virginia G. Piper
Virginia G. Piper

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust funds four “Next Chapter” projects that are developing sites–either physical or virtual–where baby boomers who are planning for retirement, or who have retired, can connect to learning opportunities, link to paid and volunteer opportunities, and plan for the next stage of their lives.


Company Volunteer Programs
Company Volunteer Programs

This publication suggests ways the private and public sectors can tap into the talent and energy of the Baby Boom generation in their volunteer programs while preparing their own employees for a lifetime of volunteering.
WSJ Encore
WSJ Encore

A special section of the Wall Street Journal that covers stories about the challenges and opportunities of later life.


Sherry Lansing
Sherry Lansing Foundation

The Sherry Lansing Foundation’s PrimeTime initiative is empowering smart, experienced baby boomers nationwide to make a lasting difference in their communities.






Regeneration
JEoA

A comprehensive list of civic engagement resources compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy including books, articles, organizations, and other helpful information for people interested in getting involved in nonprofit work-and organizations that want to do a better job of enlisting older people as employees and volunteers.
JEoA
JEoA

The Journalists Exchange on Aging is a network of roughly 900 journalists in all media, mostly in the United States, who cover issues in aging.
Case
The Case Foundation

The Case Foundation is focused on encouraging collaboration, supporting successful leaders, and fostering entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector to expand civic engagement and volunteerism.
Annie E. Casey
Annie E. Casey

The primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. Towards this goal, the Foundation is developing strategies for supporting, organizing, and mobilizing elders as resources for disadvantaged children.







The Open Road
PBS Life Part II

Insightful documentary examines the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead as America's "baby boomers” near retirement age--and the important social, economic, and cultural issues associated with this historic demographic shift.
Points of Light
Points of Light

Mobilizes millions of volunteers of all ages to help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities.










































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