Meeting pitches recruiting older volunteers
|More than 200 representatives from a wide range of agencies — including children’s museums, health charities, and cultural institutions — came together recently for “50-plus Volunteering — The Wave of the Future,” a conference hosted by Coming of Age, a regional initiative based at Temple’s Center for Intergenerational Learning. Above, from left: Executive Director of the Center for Intergenerational Learning Nancy Z. Henkin, Secretary of the state Department of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower, and Coming of Age director Dick Goldberg.
Representatives from close to 200 local nonprofit agencies learned how to engage and recruit older adults for volunteer opportunities during a recent conference presented by Temple’s Center for Intergenerational Learning at the Health Sciences Center.
“50-plus Volunteering — The Wave of the Future” was hosted by Coming of Age, a regional initiative based at the Center for Intergenerational Learning. The program promotes civic engagement in adults age 50 and over.
“We had representatives from a wide range of agencies — children’s museums, health charities, cultural institutions and more,” said Dick Goldberg, director of Coming of Age.
“People who attended the conference gained valuable insights into creating intriguing volunteer opportunities and learning to be flexible in creative in dealing with 50-plus adults,” Goldberg added. “Additionally, they learned how to market, recruit, train and retrain volunteers.
Participants were very keen on learning how to create compelling volunteer opportunities.”
The event’s keynote was a panel discussion that featured David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Thomas Endres, director of civic engagement for the National Council on the Aging; and Alba Martinez, CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Nora Dowd Eisenhower, secretary of the state Department of Aging, and Nancy Henkin, executive director of the Center for Intergenerational Learning, also made presentations during the conference.
Coming of Age is a partnership of the Center for Intergenerational Learning, WHYY, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania AARP.
- By Barbara Baals