Coming of Age:Bay Area Helps Volunteers Figure Out What Matters to Them

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The final four-session “Explore Your Future” workshops of 2014 are scheduled to begin Sept. 9 in the East Bay and Oct. 8 in San Francisco.

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By choosing a cause that one feels passionate about, one will have a greater sense of pride and accomplishment when volunteering for that cause.

Coming of Age:Bay Area is dedicated to helping people over the age of 50 to embrace the next phase of their life and find a fulfilling activity. For many, this activity may be volunteering. At the upcoming “Explore Your Future” workshop, Coming of Age:Bay Area will discuss how people can choose a cause and figure out what matters to them.

Many Bay Area people age 50+ say they want to volunteer, but only a very small percentage of them actually commit their time to a cause. Is this lack of commitment really just an indication that people can’t pin down a cause they identify with? With so many foundations and organizations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to try and choose just one.

The first thing for people to do is to identify causes they care about. This will take some deep thought and possibly discussion with family or friends. People need to assess their personal values and find a cause that matches those values. By choosing a cause that one feels passionate about, one will have a greater sense of pride and accomplishment when volunteering for that cause.

Once a cause is identified, research the charities that work for that cause. This may include searching them online, reading over their website or even visiting their offices. It’s important to take note of each charity’s mission to figure out what they do for the cause. Different charities could be working for the same cause but for completely different areas of it, such as a charity that donates to cancer research versus a charity that helps cancer patients’ families.

Coming of Age:Bay Area is ready to help people age 50+ with their volunteering goals. The “Explore Your Future” workshops give people an opportunity for self-reflection to realize their goals and dreams and help them look forward to the next phase of their life.

Coming of Age:Bay Area will offer two more “Explore Your Future” workshops in 2014. The first will run four successive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 9, from 1-3 p.m. at the Mastick Center in Alameda. In October, the workshop will run four successive Wednesdays beginning Oct. 8, from 4-6 pm at the Coming of Age:Bay Area office located at 881 Turk St., San Francisco, Ca. The cost for either workshop is $79 for Coming of Age:Bay Area members - membership is free - and $129 for non-members. For more info or to enroll, go to ComingOfAge/ or call 888-308-1767.

About the company:
Coming of Age:Bay Area celebrates the ability of all people age 50+ to continue to grow, transform their communities, and become a force for public good. The organization offers volunteer opportunities, workshops, educational events and one-on-one coaching. It is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS) with additional funding provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service/RSVP Grant, other community grants and in partnership with KQED. For more information, please visit or

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