Older Volunteers

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Targeting Volunteer Management, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2010
Challenges in the Contemporary Volunteering Environment, Jeni Warburton, pp. 27-29, Volunteering SA&NT, 2013
Don't Call Me a 'Senior'!, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2002
Museums Seek Greater Control of Docents, Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, 2015

A wave of retired baby boomers is volunteering as docents at museums—but they sometimes go rogue; ‘Like Mutiny on the Bounty’

Older Volunteers Aging in Place, Jarene Frances Lee with Julia M. Catagnus, p.108, Energize, Inc, 1999
Replace Current Volunteers or Redirect New Ones?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
Researchers Find Experience Corps Boosts Student Learning, Adult Health, 2009

Various studies of AARP Experience Corps

Supporting Volunteer Efforts During Coronavirus, Betsy McFarland, Energize Hot Topic, 2020
Time and Money: An In-Depth Look at 45+ Volunteers and Donors, 2003
study by AARP on the extent of volunteering by older Americans, including informal helping and attention to ethnic minorities.
Tips for Recruiting and Managing Older Volunteers, Leah Kirkman, Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Volunteer Generation Gap, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Australian research study by Dr. Judy Esmond highlighting what might make Baby Boomers different from current older volunteers, pp. 42
Report from Temple University's Center for Intergenerational Learning on a study to gain a better understanding of why and how older immigrants contribute to their families and communities and to identify promising practices that support the engagement of immigrant elders in meaningful roles. , 2008, pp. 64
A Research Brief on Volunteer Retention and Turnover, Corporation for National and Community Service. , 2007
By John M. Bridgeland, Robert D. Putnam, and Harris L. Wofford for AARP , 2008, pp. 46
Harvard School of Public Health-MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement , 2004, pp. 162
By Barbara Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, and Sheila R. Zedlewski, from the Urban Institute. , 2007
Age Discrimination and Volunteering

On the Institute for Volunteering Research site (UK).

Boomers Leading Change

A project of the Rose Community Foundation. Site gives research reports and links.

Coming of Age

This program from the Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning focuses on improving the quality of life for people over age 50, including providing them with challenging volunteer opportunities. There are reports on Boomer volunteering and a blog that addresses many issues.

Regeneration: Recruiting Older Americans to Serve the Public Good

Compilation of many articles about senior volunteers, Boomers, etc.

Retire for Good

Mary Anne Casey describes her blog like this: We have the most healthy, highly skilled, wise retirees in large numbers yet little is done to encourage their staggering potential. This potential is like new fuel bubbling up in every community in the country. How can it be converted to power schools, nonprofits, communities, and causes? We can begin by listening to inspiring stories about retirees all around us who are already quietly working to make the world a better place.

Service-Learning Diversity Toolbox

The National Youth Leadership Council's efforts at examining diversity in service-learning programs, with several excellent downloadable reports and articles of relevance to any setting or type of volunteer work.

Volunteering in the Third Age (VITA)

Reports and research still available from this UK program (now ended) to promote the value, impact, and numbers of over 65s volunteering by removing barriers across the voluntary and community sector. 

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