... a selection of compelling articles found in newspapers, magazines, and online resources that focus on topics of special interest to those 50+.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Stuffing envelopes is out and meaningful work experience is in for a new generation of volunteers.
Spurred by the tight job market or often career-change aspirations, older workers with specific goals for donating their time are remaking the face of volunteerism. Call it giving back with an agenda.
Executives at nonprofit organizations around the country testify to the new worker demands, many of them from baby boomers used to pushing for what they want. The execs are hardly complaining -- volunteerism is on the rise and it's the older population that's behind it. Click Continue Reading to view the full article.Continue Reading
by Terry Nagel from http://www.encore.org/news/abc-news-boomers-determi
Laid-off boomers won’t take no for an answer and are using creative strategies to land encore careers, says ABC News in a report that appeared on Good Morning America today. Three women profiled found their encore careers by being humble, entrepreneurial and open to new ways of networking.
Tory Johnson, author of Fired to Hired, tells Diane Sawyer that Caterina Ramsey, 54, of Belton, Texas, lost her husband to cancer and sought a job in the front office of her daughters’ school for nine months before she accepted the only position offered as a part-time cafeteria monitor. She checked her pride and did that job so well that she was hired for the administrative job she wanted.
After Jan Albert, 56, of Trabuco Canyon, California, lost her real estate job, she spent more time with her aging parents and wasn’t happy about the care they were receiving. She discovered she liked taking care of them herself and began to dream of a new career opportunity. She completed a gerontology certificate program at a local community college and started an elder care service with her sister. Click continue reading to view full article.Continue Reading
by Suzy Lee at http://volunteerleaders.org/
In my last blog, I talked about inspiring others. This got me thinking about what “inspiration and inspiring others” means. I started thinking about what inspires me. I volunteer to give back to my community, and I lead to inspire others.
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In my younger days, I looked at leadership as a command post that only came when you achieved a management title. As I matured, I realized that leadership comes from within.
What we do with the talents we are given and the skills that we learn is a key part of our success as leaders. Inspiring others gives us the opportunity to share that knowledge. It is a big part of the leadership responsibility and accountability I take in performing my volunteer roles.
It begins with a simple, cheery “Good Morning,” which sets a positive tone to begin the day. Throughout the day, I do what I can to enable and encourage open and friendly communications between paid staff and other volunteers to strengthen their relationships and build working teams. Click continue reading to view the full article.Continue Reading