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Volunteer and Connect with Younger Generations

People of all ages volunteer, but older volunteers who connect with their community’s children offer unique gifts. If the thought of sharing your time and talents with our nation’s future leaders interests you, consider connecting with other youth volunteers in your community. Across the country, a variety of programs bring children, youth, and older adults together to tackle important social issues such as preserving the environment, increasing literacy, ending hunger, and promoting education.

Intergenerational interactions like these build understanding and deliver benefits for all involved. Learning about the past may help children become better, more engaged community members now and in the future. In exchange, having children as your teachers can sustain your physical and cognitive health and maintain a sense of purpose. No matter your level of mobility, as an older adult, you can bring unique qualities to a child’s life and a child can bring a positive source of energy and enthusiasm into yours.

For more information on programs and activities that will connect you with younger generations, please visit:

United We Serve
http://www.serve.gov

Senior Corps: Foster Grandparents Program
http://www.seniorcorps.gov/about/programs/fg.asp

Generations United
http://www.gu.org

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600

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