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VT readers ask questions about volunteer management and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
Send questions to AskConnieP@cs.com

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Dear Readers:

Apparently I pressed a “hot button” last month concerning working with older volunteers!  We had many questions, comments, and much chatter about it.  One reader offered a suggestion based on how her organization continues to involve older volunteers as they age in place:

"In response to the recent column regarding older volunteers who may no longer be effective in their role…
Our organization utilizes many older volunteers, to visit residents in Long Term Care homes, and if they have any complaints, work to resolve those issues with the administration of that home. This is a tall order, and we have some extremely dedicated and effective volunteers. All work at a sub-agency, with a local program director, and as was mentioned in the question to Ask Connie form close relationships with their fellow volunteers. One way we work with older volunteers, on occasion, is to make the volunteer an “Emeritus” Ombudsman.  Meaning, they act in the role of a “friendly visitor,” and still attend all group functions of our volunteer corps. This preserves their dignity, yet enables us to place another volunteer Ombudsman at the home to meet our program goals."

Since the Boomer Generation started turning 65 in the last couple of years, you’ll soon find that you too may be working with more older volunteers than ever before.  Here are some additional resources that may help you:

Seniors of the Future

Articles, reports, websites, and free e-books on working with older volunteers

Tips for Recruiting and Managing Older Volunteers

50+ Volunteering: Working for Stronger Communities

Formal Volunteering by the Elderly (research paper)

Recruiting Older Volunteers

Managing Older Volunteers Isn’t Rocket Science…It’s Harder!

Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Collaborate Today, Thrive Tomorrow

by Jill Fredman Fixler and Sandie Eichberg

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Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 25 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.

Send your questions to Connie at AskConnieP@cs.com.
Connie Pirtle
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
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