Gateway Mall will be transformed into a Volunteer Fair to give senior citizens, retirees and their families an opportunity to learn more about volunteer activities on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 10am-12pm. Participants will have a chance to explore opportunities to serve as volunteers in the community and talk with representatives of three-dozen organizations they could potentially serve. During the Volunteer Fair, local non-profit organizations will be present at tables and booths near the Center Court of the Mall. This will give people in the community an opportunity to learn what the organizations do and the volunteer needs they have. The event is being produced by Cause Collective and The Foundry with support from Leadership Lincoln, Aging Partners, Boomer-ANG and Gateway Mall.
This project was envisioned in 2018 by a team of Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXXIII participants working to engage more older adult volunteers with causes who could benefit from their talents and strengths. The project has continued on through support from partners at The Foundry Community, Cause Collective, and Gateway Mall.
The Volunteer Fair is an idea that grew out of a survey of senior citizens the Fellows XXXIII team conducted. Martha Hakenkamp noted “Almost 80% of all respondents (of any age) were highly motivated to volunteer as a way of giving back.”
“I’ve found a lot of people are reluctant to take the first step to volunteer for an organization,” Len Sloup said. “But if an organization asks them, they’d be glad to help. Conversely, we are also hoping to encourage retirees to ‘Just Ask’ organizations that they have an interest in about volunteer opportunities.”