Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

…a Health Club for Your Mind. Body and Spirit!

Here are some facts About Community Service.

· All of us, at one time or another, have been a volunteer. Helping out at your child’s school, or your place of worship, or a community event, all that was volunteer work.

· President Jimmy Carter’s mother was 83 when she joined the Peace Corps.

· Mature Americans are the most active and well-informed when it comes to both politics and current affairs so they are the ones who are often seen as the community leaders and activists.

· A recent study indicated that 40% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 said they were “very interested” or “fairly interested” in half-time community service roles after they no longer worked full-time.

· More than 12,000 older volunteer executives offer advice and assistance to more than 300,000 small businesses through S.C.O.R.E.

· The experiential knowledge of mature adults is of tremendous value to our society.
· Mature volunteers are making more contributions in terms of dollar value to our society than what older Americans are getting back in support.

· An estimated 24 million adults over the age of 55 are serving as volunteers in our society and more would, if asked.

· Despite the multitude of people who share their time and talents, the needs of our communities far outweigh the work that is already being done.

Community Service Venues

Where in their communities are all these people volunteering? Here’s a short list.

· Day care centers
· Neighborhood Watches
· Public schools and colleges
· Halfway houses
· Community theaters
· Drug rehabilitation centers
· Fraternal organizations and civic clubs
· Retirement centers and homes for the elderly
· Meals on Wheels
· Church or community-sponsored soup kitchens or food pantries
· Museums, art galleries and monuments
· Community choirs, bands and orchestras
· Prisons
· Neighborhood parks
· Youth organizations, sports teams and after-school programs.
· Shelters for battered women and children
· Historical sites, battlefields and national parks


In the words of Margaret Mead, If we look carefully, we cannot help realizing that virtually all the activities that make a town or part of a city into a community depend in one way or another on volunteers. I’ve given you some examples of ways you can help.

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Till Next Time…

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