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- 1. Statewide Volunteerism Initiative www.library.ca.gov/lds/getinvolved.html
- Promoting civic engagement through California Public Libraries
- 2. Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century
- Americans who are active in the community and vote regularly are more likely to have a library card and favor taxes to support libraries.
- These are also the people that local politicians are most likely to listen to.
- However, these highly engaged citizens are generally unaware of funding issues that threaten library services.
- 3. Why Baby Boomers and Volunteerism?
- Most educated and financially secure generation in history
- Volunteer at higher rates than past generations did at the same age
- Have been in workforce -- professional skills they want to share
- Want to make and see impact of their work
- 5. Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering VolunteerMatch User Research Study Presented by: Volunteer Match Where volunteering begins.
- 6. How Are Boomer Volunteers Different from Senior Volunteers?
- More physical ability than previous generations; 4 of 5 expect to work past 65 -- 50 is the new 30!!
- View retirement very differently -- see second half of life as a source of social and individual renewal, not as a time to just rest and relax
- Think some of their most important contributions lie ahead (patron saint is Jimmy Carter)
- Not simply extending the years of working and volunteering -- looking to add deeper meaning
- Different perception of aging -- dont call us Seniors, Retirees, Elderly or Older Adults!
- 7. They Want to Get Involved
- Nearly two-thirds of older, non-volunteering boomers are interested in getting involved, yet many arent sure where to find the right opportunity.
- 8. Transforming Life After 50 Library Assessments
- Many boomers are interested in putting their advanced and varied skills to use as community volunteers. However there seems to be a disconnect between their intent to volunteer and their actual participation because they do not find the opportunities they want.
- 9. Attracting Baby Boomers as Volunteers
- Offer flexibility and a wide variety of options .
- Engage their skills and expertise
- Show them impact on mission -- how will their work make a difference ?
- Provide clear expectations of time, tasks and training.
- Beyond volunteer management -- engagement in meaningful ways.
- 10. What Keeps Boomers Volunteering?
- Retention rate is higher for those performing professional or management volunteer activities
- Boomer volunteers who do general labor and supply transportation have lower retention rates.
- Corporation for National and Community Service, 2007: Keeping Baby Boomers Volunteering: A Research Brief on Volunteer Retention and Turnover
- 14. 1,200 Unique Hub Visitors and over 10,000 page views in July 2010 http://californialibraries.volunteermatch.org
- 15. 800 Volunteer Opportunities Posted Almost 700 Referrals in July 2010
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