New Volunteer Options for Boomers

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Coming of Age: Bay Area announces new volunteer opportunities for Boomers age 50+.

Coming of Age: Bay Area announces new volunteer opportunities that offer people age 50+ meaningful work, engagement in the community, and social interaction.

Coming of Age connects individuals with nonprofit organizations that need their help, and maintains an online Clearinghouse of volunteer work and paid positions. Current opportunities in the Bay Area include:

  •     Volunteer for the National Park Service
  •     Lead a workshop in healthy living
  •     Train to become a community outreach volunteer providing information on local support services
  •     Help end family homelessness by being a workforce development specialist
  •     Be a school volunteer or literacy specialist
  •     Help seniors learn computer skills
  •     Provide free healthcare to the working uninsured
  •     And many more options, detailed on the website.

Free one-on-one personalized matching is available to help Coming of Age members locate and connect with organizations requesting help.

Volunteers—old and young—wield a major impact on the economy. Nationally, volunteers provide 8.1 billion hours of service, worth approximately $169 billion to U.S. communities.

California has the largest number of volunteers in the country, about 6.8 million, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service; Boomers are more likely than any other generational group to volunteer. In the current economy, their role is particularly crucial.

Coming of Age is a growing national initiative that began in Philadelphia in 2002. The San Francisco Bay Area program is the first on the West Coast. Coming of Age programs help people explore possibilities, impact communities, connect with others, and chart pathways to a fulfilling, engaged future.

Coming of Age:Bay Area is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS), with additional funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service/RSVP grant, Y & H Soda Foundation, Wells Fargo and other community grants, and in partnership with KQED.

Visit http://www.ComingofAge.org/BayArea or call (888) 308-1767 for more information.

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Bonnie Lawrence
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