In a survey conducted for AARP last year, millions of boomers and older Americans said that in the next five years, they want to increase their volunteer service to improve their communities and our world. People 50+ are looking for ways to give back.
On March 31, the U.S. Congress passed historic legislation to help them do just that. The Edward Kennedy Serve America Act will strengthen and expand civic engagement and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.
Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Klobuchar, along with Representatives Walz, McCollum, Ellison, Peterson and Oberstar voted in favor of the legislation.
"Older Minnesotans stand ready to give back to their communities, and offer a lifetime of acquired skills to offer others," said AARP State Director Michele Kimball. "The Serve America Act will help provide additional service opportunities for people age 50+."
The bill is devoted to enhancing service opportunities for persons age 50+ so that they can apply a lifetime of acquired skills to address a range of identified service needs. It includes provisions that improve the capacity of non-profit, service and philanthropic organizations to recruit, manage and apply volunteer skills to identified service needs in this period of economic recession and lower charitable giving.
AARP has launched Create the Good to provide easy ways to give back to others. In Minnesota, AARP volunteers spend countless hours with the Drivers Safety Program, the Tax Aide program, in our AARP Chapters and our newer Community Action Network. Others volunteer with staff at the Minnesota State Captiol, helping to advance our legislative agenda. For more information about ways to volunteer with AARP in Minnesota, contact email@example.com
While Minnesotans have always topped the list of time spent volunteering, AARP is among the civic leaders looking AARP is a sponsor of the Minnesota Invisible Force Collaborative, a group of organizations working to engage 50+ volunteers.
This group includes groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater; Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; Minnesota Alliance with Youth; Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA); ServMinnesota; Twin Cities Public Television (tpt); United Way Caring Connection; and the Vital Aging Network.
AARP is cohosting the 2nd Annual Forum on Boomers and Civic Engagement on May 12, 2009, at Century College in White Bear Lake. Come learn about new national service initiatives, how the economy has affected the reality of retirement, and discover what some of Minnesota’s leading non-profits are doing to tap the energy, skills and experience of adults 50 and older as civically engaged volunteers. Pre-registration is required. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get registration information.
Your input will help guide Minnesota’s leading non-profits as they continue to develop new ways to harness the potential that 50+ adults bring to public life.
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