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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.
    Source: A Report by Public Agenda supported by Americans for Libraries Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2006
  • 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
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  • 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.
    Source: Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering, 2007 www.volunteermatch.org/greatexpectations
  • 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
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  • 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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