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February 6, 2008 > Coming of age: A forum on the power of the fifty plus volunteer

Coming of age: A forum on the power of the fifty plus volunteer

Submitted By Asha Chandra

The City of Fremont Human Services Department and Tri-City Elder Coalition will host The Coming of Age: A Forum on The Power of the 50 + Volunteer on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Washington Hospital West in Fremont.

This interactive day of discussions with non-profit organizations and businesses will focus on ways to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for older adults. Jan Masaoka, keynote speaker and former Executive Director of CompassPoint and current Editor-in-Chief of Blue Avocado Magazine, will share new ideas on volunteerism, especially targeting the 50+ volunteer. A special feature includes a panel discussion on effective practices in recruiting volunteers in ethnic communities. Break out sessions will cover topics on recruiting skilled and talented volunteers, utilizing job descriptions and contracts, and developing effective marketing strategies.

"In community dialogues, Tri-City seniors requested more opportunities to give back to the community in meaningful ways," stated Dr. Ray Grimm, Coordinator of the Pathways to Positive Aging project. Many retired seniors want to volunteer and utilize their professional skills, including many of the senior immigrants who were once high-powered lawyers, engineers, accountants, and educators. With the aging of the population and the baby boomers reaching retirement, non-profits and businesses should be prepared to take advantage of this talented cohort. Many non-profits benefit from volunteer efforts, but should now begin to think "out of the box" in creating opportunities that utilize the skills of the 50+ volunteer.

This initiative is part of the larger five year Robert Wood Johnson funded strategic project, Pathways to Positive Aging, whose goal is to create a community where seniors will understand, choose and access culturally enriched, affordable services and opportunities that enhance their quality of life.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/89074424. For more information on the event, contact Tanya Mendoza at tmendoza@ci.fremont.ca.us or call (510) 574-2081. Tickets are $30 at the door (lunch included).

The City of Fremont Human Services Department works to support a vibrant community through the creation and maintenance of services that empower individuals, strengthen families, encourage self-sufficiency, enhance neighborhoods, and foster a high quality of life.

The Tri-City Elder Coalition is an affiliation of health care and long-term care providers, community and governmental agencies, elected officials, caregivers and older adults. The Coalition works to identify and meet the needs of seniors in the community by taking action through advocacy, education, resource coordination and information sharing.


The Coming of Age: A Forum on The Power of the 50 + Volunteer
Tuesday, Feb 12
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Washington Hospital West
2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(510) 574-2081

Tickets: $30 at the door (lunch included)

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