In this project, scholars developed a measurement tool to assess institutional capacity to engage older volunteers, including access, information, incentives, and facilitation, and used this tool to collect data on volunteer programs and older adult volunteers. Data from 51 volunteer programs and 405 older adults who provided volunteer service through these programs demonstrated that programs vary in institutional capacity and this variation affects the volunteer experience. Perceived benefits reported by volunteers were related to the facilitation and incentives provided by the organization.
Funding Partner: MetLife Foundation
CSD Faculty Director; Washington University in St. Louis
Productive Aging: Active Engagement in Older Adulthood
Grand Challenges for Social Work
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