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Community foundations help Baby Boomers stay engaged

December 14, 2009

If you’re over age 60, you may be facing some challenges — and not just because your retirement accounts lost money. You’ve got experience, education and energy, but you may not know you can plug in to take advantage of those resources. Or, if you reprseent a nonprofit already, you may want to connect with others who are already doing great things with this growing number of potential volunteers.

A new website provides access to what more than 30 community foundations are already doing to tap into the Baby Boom generation. Through the Community Experience Partnership, an initiative of The Atlantic Philanthropies, community foundations are sharing stories about reaching out to more than 77 million Baby Boomers (You know who you are!)

Read about how Alejandro Martinez uses the marathon running he loves as a way to promote the importance of literacy. Or how retired accountant Jeff Zuckerman became a part-time financial consultant for a nonprofit — no pay, just health benefits.

The Community Experience Partnership Learning Community is designed to continue the conversation so that community foundations — and Baby Boomer volunteers — can learn from each other. Do you see something here that we should do in Birmingham? What can we share from the great things we are already doing here.

By 2030, the number of Americans over age 65 is expected to double, reaching 71.5 million people and 20 percent of the population. Now is a great time to think about how to use the resources they represent in our community as we work together to meet so many important needs. A good start? Contact your Community Foundation at 327-3800 and find out how you can plug in.

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