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Contact: Bonnie Lawrence
(415) 474-7787 ext. 13
blawrence@ncphs.org

New Volunteer Options for Boomers

SAN FRANCISCO—July 12, 2011—Education. Healthcare. Arts. Environment. Whatever their passion, Coming of Age:Bay Area has a volunteer opportunity that offers people age 50+ meaningful work, engagement in the community, and social contact.

In this time of lay-offs and difficulty finding work, especially for individuals over 50, volunteer positions become increasingly important in maintaining community involvement.

Coming of Age connects individuals with nonprofit organizations that need their help, and maintains an online Clearinghouse of volunteer and paid opportunities. Current open positions in the Bay Area include:

  • Volunteer for the National Park Service
  • Lead a workshop in healthy living
  • Train to become a community outreach volunteer providing information on local support services
  • Help end family homelessness by being a workforce development specialist
  • Be a literacy specialist for kids in school
  • Help seniors learn computer skills
  • Provide free healthcare to the working uninsured
  • And many more options, detailed on the website.

Free one-on-one personalized matching is available to help Coming of Age members locate and connect with organizations requesting help.

Volunteers—old and young—wield a major impact on the economy. Nationally, volunteers provide 8.1 billion hours of service, worth approximately $169 billion to U.S. communities.

 Californiahas the largest number of volunteers in the country, about 6.8 million, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service; Boomers are more likely than any other generational group to volunteer. In the current economy, their role is particularly crucial.

Coming of Ageis a growing national initiative that began in Philadelphia in 2002. The San Francisco Bay Area program is the first on the West Coast. Coming of Age programs help people explore possibilities, impact communities, connect with others, and chart pathways to a fulfilling, engaged future.

Coming of Age:Bay Area is sponsored by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS), with additional funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service/RSVP grant, Y & H Soda Foundation, Wells Fargo and other community grants, and in partnership with KQED.

Visit www.ComingofAge.org/BayArea or call (888) 308-1767 for more information.

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