Give 5

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  • Give 5 is a newly created social program that matches innovative volunteer opportunities with retired (or almost retired) baby boomers ages 60+ who live in Greene County. Each Give 5 Class meets 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., once a week for five weeks, visiting nearly two dozen nonprofits over the course of the program. Expect to have fun, make new friends and learn about volunteer opportunities that match your talents, passions and personality.

    What if there was a program in Springfield and Greene County that would …

    • match baby boomer retirees with unfilled volunteer opportunities in our community;
    • address the issues of isolation, purpose, and relevance that retirees often confront by celebrating them and their contributions in a fun and social manner;
    • introduce Boomers to new people and new ways of thinking via a shared experience and the bonding that occurs as a result, thus strengthening our community’s “bridging” social capital; and potentially, as a by-product, link individuals with their true passions within our community’s menu of non-profit organizations?

    Give 5 is an innovative, community-based program that does all that – and more.

    Designed for Springfield and Greene County residents, the program provides a way for retirees and seniors to apply their talents and passions to our community’s primary areas of need. By doing so, it also ensures they continue to have purpose and relevance in their lives.

    This will be done via a camp-like weekly program that offers a fun, social opportunity for participants to experience a “taste-testing” of the many and varied volunteer opportunities within our community.

    At the end of the program, it’s hoped participants will commit – at least short term – to “give five” hours a month one of the program nonprofits.

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