Programs like Give 5 are needed because the future health and vitality of our communities depends on it. With an army of skilled baby boomers already retired, and another wave of boomers retiring over the next 12 years, the communities that figure out effective volunteer matchmaking will be the ones that thrive and offer the best quality of life. And quality of life attracts economic development.
Many communities have a wide variety of volunteer needs, such as
- City and county governments need talented, passionate volunteers to serve on their boards and commissions.
- “Upstream” nonprofits that are working hard to keep people out of hardship situations.
- “Downstream” nonprofits that are working hard to address the symptoms of poverty.
- Young professionals and entrepreneurs also need mentorship and access to expertise, institutional knowledge, and wisdom.