Box 8, Folder 16, Document 22

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Box 8, Folder 16, Document 22

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Older Volunteer Participation in Community Life
Task Force Report, June, 1969
The Task Force was comprised of five retired or semi-retired
persons with known skills and varied background e xperience. They
were employed on a part-time basis, during June, to assist Senior
Citizen Services with the following tasks:
Explore e x isting volunteer service opportunities which
may be suitable for the involvement of older volunteers
as well as of the .more traditional age groups.
Suggest new and untried service opportunities that might
be developed by Senior Citizens and/or other agencies
and organizations.
Contact sources of older volunteer recruits, or potential
recruits, through organized groups and individual contacts. This was not intended as a specific recruitment
effort, but rather a testing of attitudes toward, and
interest in, participation as opportunities come to
Interpret the Educational Motivation school program now
in the planning ~tages with the Atlanta School System.
Report fi n dings to Senior Citizen Services fo r comment
and future prog ram planning efforts , includi ng the
Model Cities Pr ogram.
Assignments were assumed by the Ta s k Force
of a contact area with whi ch they were familia r
However, d if f erent a n d varie d e c onomi c
were reached . A mo r e deta iled r eport t o f o llow
of service oppor tuni t ies and volunteer i n te re st
serve in appr opriate r o l e s.
worker s on th e ba si s
rathe r than g e ograph levels o f the commu n i ty
wil l r e flect the range
and wil l i~gness to
A ve ry b ri ef summary of f i nd ings suggests the following:
Nursing Homes, with o ne o r t wo e xceptions, can and will
we lc ome the skills an d intere st of older volunteers and
will assure proper a ssig nme nts and supervision. The
s ame is true of the two l arg e hospitals visit e d and
other institutions conc e rne d with mental and physical
Elementary Schools in low-income areas reiteriated their
d e sire to involve older persons in one - to - one relationships
�with slow learners and with children lacking motivation .
A limited number of older individuals e xpressed interest
in this type of service.
Public Housing , High-rise Apartments and contiguous
communities - produced a vast need for personalized
services and comparable interest in giving service
to others by many residents. Simple service needs
e.g., friendly visiting, home delivered meals,
transportation to church and to markets, telephone
re-assurance and others were obvious.
Churches and related organizations were most enthusiastic
about a movement which would engage many of their older
members in other than so-called social clubs. By and large,
each congregation cares for its own but has not moved
beyond this concept in favor of serving the community at
The Task Force workers report a receptive attitude toward
the utilization of older volunteers and a surprising
number of were pleased, others somewhat surprised,
to learn that there are roles and opportunities f or them
in this big Atlanta metropolitan area.
The ever-present problem of transportation ava i labi lity
and cost is, and will be, a deterent u nl ess s p e cial
attention is given to ways and means o f o vercoming it .
In conclusion - Senior Citizen Services wil l work closely with
the newly established Volunteer Bureau of the Community Council to
assure the involvement of Older Volunteers a n d wi ll strengthen the
volunteer se r vice corps concept as a built - i n d i mensio n of its own
agency prog r a ms .
Elsie C. Alvis
Task Fo rce Director

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