SOAR 55 has been profiled in both the local and national media. To read more about SOAR 55 "In the News," click on the links below:
Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2013
Wendy Spencer, who heads up Corporation for National & Community Service, reflects on how older adults with valuable business experience can volunteer to help nonprofit leaders improve their organizations. The Wall Street Journal article mentions our own SOAR 55 and its innovative training program that prepares adults age 55 and over for local pro bono consulting projects. Read More.
Framingham TAB, May 17, 2013
Barbara Oster, a resident of Framingham, has volunteered at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for 13 years in the SOAR 55 Learning Partners Program and for the last 10 years has worked with Helen Higgins three mornings a week in her second-grade classroom. Says Oster, "My role as a volunteer here feels right." She gets a thrill when she sees a child’s face light up as he/she grasps the concept they have been working on. Read more
Weston Town Crier, February 13, 2013
Roxbury Weston Programs has been joining children from diverse communities to learn, play and understand each other for nearly 50 years. It runs a highly regarded preschool and after-care program that unites children from the two communities in what is the longest running voluntary desegregation education program in the country. Read more
It is not news that nonprofit organizations doing important work are increasingly struggling to do more with less. A recent Boston Foundation study, “Passion and Purpose Revisited—Massachusetts Nonprofits and the Last Decade’s Roller Coaster,” exposes the struggle between the sector’s allegiance to mission and fiscal realities. Read more
Transitioning to the Do-Gooder
The Boston Globe, May 16, 2010
Transitioning from a career to volunteer work requires more than just the desire to help. "You'll need to make the most of your skills and take a hard look at money and the job's lifestyle."
Embracing Community Service in the Third Age through Skills-Based Volunteering
Life Planning Network Newsletter, Winter 2010.
Jack Douglas had planned the main portion of his life over many years, which included undergraduate and graduate education, a successful corporate law career, and a family of three children, now 22, 20 and 14. As he approached the age of 55, he began thinking about the next thirty years and what he could do...
Volunteering Boosts Workers Spirits
Boston Globe, July 9, 2009
When Marya Wolfman was laid off in January from her job at Monster Worldwide, she decided to use some of her time to work on...
SOAR 55 provides transition to rewarding post-work volunteering
Fifty Plus Advocate, July 2009
Marian Pruslin, 66, of Wellesley, spent 31 years teaching at Newton North High School. As she neared her June 2008 retirement, she began thinking about how she’d fill her post-teaching days. Then she found out about the SOAR 55…
2008 Promising Practices Recruiting and Engaging Older Volunteers
Older Volunteers Enrich America Program Awards
Presented by MetLife Foundation in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
Program Idea: Utilize Volunteers to contribute operational and management expertise and guidance to nonprofits. The SOAR 55 Management Consulting Group (SMCG) involves volunteers aged 55+, who provide needed consultant services at no cost to nonprofit organizations. Read more.
Baby Boomers Seek a Purposeful Direction in Later Life, Study Finds
The Chronicle of Philanthrophy, May 17, 2007.
What do baby boomers want? Many charities and foundations have been asking that question now that the oldest members of the generation that is expected to redefine retirement are entering their 60s. Do they plan to work or volunteer for nonprofit groups, or to look for programs to stimulate them intellectually and culturally, once they hit traditional retirement age? The Rose Community Foundation in Denver decided to…