So you read our blog on encore careers, and you’re ready to lend a hand. You want to use the skills you developed over a lifetime—and perhaps even develop some more—by helping others in your community.
But where do you get started?
A good resource could be your church, synagogue, or other place of worship. You could also turn to tried-and-true organizations such as the United Way for direction. And as you probably know, many other organizations are doing good things for the community. In this article, we’ll look at a few encore-friendly organizations—maybe one of them will spark your interest!
Social Venture Partners Cincinnati
SVP Cincinnati puts its purpose front and center on its website: “to enable our investees to make the Cincinnati region a stronger and more vibrant community.”
The organization, part of an international network, connects “partners” (i.e., you) with “investees,” the nonprofit organizations driving positive change in the area. “Together they help build communities able to solve our most entrenched social and environmental problems,” the website states.
As a partner, you commit to an annual contribution that is pooled with other donations to fund SVP-supported nonprofits, programming, and operations. However, your contribution doesn’t have to be simply monetary. You can volunteer your time and skills to nonprofit projects and help strengthen our community.
The organization considers itself as an “accelerator” for nonprofits. SVP Cincinnati and its partners invest financial support and intellectual capital into promising nonprofits over three years, acting as business advisors, mentors, and consultants to the organizations.
SVP Cincinnati lists the benefits that you may receive as a partner:
You’ll learn about local nonprofits and get the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to strengthen them.
You’ll get the opportunity to apply your skills in making a difference.
You’ll get to know other philanthropists, expanding the size of your social circle.
To learn more about SVP Cincinnati, visit its website: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/cincinnati/.
Inspiring Service acts as an umbrella site for programs serving the community. The mission? “To inspire and empower people and organizations to engage in volunteering that improves and strengthens their community, and themselves.”
On the inspiringservice.org website, you’ll find links to the programs it supports. The programs are diverse, so you have a good chance of finding an opportunity that piques your interest.
Click on any of the programs to be taken to its website, where you will find events needing a one-time helping hand and organizations seeking ongoing volunteers. You can zero in on a cause that interests you by selecting issue type, location, age group, time commitment, and other parameters.
Inspiring Service lists the following programs that may be ideal for encore careerists:
Cincinnati Cares is meant to make it easy to connect volunteers with organizations needing assistance. Some of the organizations on a recent search included Rescue & Ready Inc., Peace Cafe, Healthy Beginnings, and Safe Haven Farms.
Give One for Cincy is an initiative of Mayor John Cranley to encourage people to spend at least one hour a month volunteering their time. In addition to finding an organization, you can post photos and track the hours you have volunteered.
Encore Cincinnati is part of the Encore Network, which we highlighted in our blog introducing encore careers. It brings together people ready for their life’s second act to help solve local challenges and strengthen communities. Organizations listed on the website this week included Adopt a Class, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
Generation to Generation Cincinnati is part of a national campaign to mobilize people ages 50-plus to improve the lives of children. Some of the children served are those who have survived abuse, are academically at risk, are differently abled, are learning English, or are homeless. Through Gen2Gen Cincinnati, you can help a child in need of your skills and empathy.
What Are Your Favorite Encore Opportunities?
Giving brings a satisfaction that no amount of money can match. It deepens our roots in our community, provides us the privilege of helping another human being, and draws on our skills that we spent a lifetime building.
This article served as just a toe dip into the waters of what is possible. If you know of other second-act resources in Cincinnati, please let us know! We may be able to revisit the topic with more resources at a later date. Until then, a quote from American musician Paul Stanley:
“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.”