It’s a brand new year, a time to start new projects. This year do something different to give your new year a boost that will last. Boomers Leading Change offers people age 50+ many chances to engage on a new level. Entering its ninth year, the organization coordinates high-impact volunteer opportunities at numerous agencies across metropolitan Denver.
“Boomers gives you the platform to spread your wings,” says Elsie Humes, a volunteer who gives one day a week to hospice work.
She is one of 116 volunteers contributing time and talent to programs at 41 nonprofit partners. Examples of some of the Volunteer positions include helping older patients navigate the health care system, teaching English to refugees, assisting immigrants with medical issues, advising on access to social resources, and so much more.

 

“Boomers gives you the platform to spread your wings,” says Elsie Humes, a volunteer who gives one day a week to hospice work.

 

Maryann Touitou retired from Red Rocks Community College and was looking for a structured project to get involved in. She applied with Boomers Leading Change and landed a position with Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
Now she spends about ten hours a week working with Senior Solutions at JFS. “I work with the most vulnerable clients to decrease social isolation,” she says. She drives clients to doctor appointments or get a haircut or whatever they need.
“I’m not a social worker and I don’t have a background in geriatrics. I’m a person who listens and cares.”
Says Maryann, “I feel I am doing something purposeful, something that has an impact on individuals and the community.”
“If improving your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then volunteering may be for you,” says Phil Nash, executive director of Boomers Leading Change. “Many studies show that volunteering two or more hours a week improves both your physical health and your emotional health, especially for older adults. One study shows that older people with a sense of meaning and purpose live 7.5 years longer.”
He adds, “Think about it—that many more New Years to make resolutions!”
Boomers Leading Change coordinates skills-based volunteer positions at organizations across Metro Denver.
To learn more, attend an upcoming Volunteer Information Session on Jan. 16 at 10-11:00 a.m. or Jan. 29 at 4-5:00 p.m. For location and more information, call 303-426-6637 or visit BoomersLeadingChange.org.