This study assessed participants’ responses to the Give 5 Program, a civic matchmaking program where volunteers learn about and are encouraged to volunteer at local nonprofits. Participants were also asked general questions about successful aging. Of the 83 respondents, who were overwhelmingly positive about the program, 95% had recommended it to others, 81% were volunteering at four hours per week on average, and 57% had given money to one or more agencies. Respondents said the most important characteristics to successful aging were having a purpose, positive interactions with others, good health, the opportunity for personal growth, self-acceptance, and staying active. They said they were aging successfully and perceived a strong link between successful aging and volunteerism. The survey results strongly supported continuing the program, which benefits the community as well as the participants.
Galanes, Gloria J. and Fisher, Bradley J.
"Give 5 Gives Back: Assessment of a New Civic Matchmaking Program for Older Adults,"
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