November 24, 2005

Special Report: A Boom in Volunteers

The baby boomers are showing serious interest in working for charities as they near retirement age, but few nonprofit groups are prepared to take advantage of their skills, says Tom Endres of the National Council on the Aging.

A HOST OF TV AND MAGAZINE ADS coming next year will try to sell volunteerism to the baby-boom generation.

A NEW PROGRAM IN MARYLAND aims to match baby boomers looking to share their skills with appropriate volunteer opportunities.

MARC FREEDMAN, founder of a charity that promotes the involvement of older adults in solving social problems, wrote the book on rethinking aging and retirement.

FOUR CLEVELAND CHARITIES are partners in a project that is experimenting with new ways to attract older, skilled volunteers to social-justice work.

A HANDFUL OF GRANT MAKERS are hoping their efforts will spur more support of programs to engage older Americans in volunteerism.

FEW BIG COMPANIES do much to connect retired workers -- or those about to retire -- with volunteer opportunities, a new report has found.

A GUIDE TO RESOURCES lists books, reports, and a documentary on drawing baby boomers into community service.

OPINION: Marc Freedman and John S. Gomperts urge charities to tap the talents of baby boomers reaching retirement.