Career in not-for-profit Organizations
Opportunities for careers with social responsibility in not-for-profit organizations:
There are many organizations in the US who are looking for senior volunteers for their social service programs:
National Senior Service Corps
The National Senior Service Corps is also known as SENIOR CORPS. The Corporation for National Service runs the organization. Through this agency, which operates through local sponsoring agencies and organizations, older adults have the opportunity to serve their community. The following programs are part of the National Senior Service Corps:
Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)-Children with special and exceptional needs will be put in your exclusive care. You will be provided stipends, transportation and other support services if you are a low-income elder working as a part-time volunteer. You may be asked to serve children with disabilities, those who have suffered from abuse, and teen parents along with their children. Some members also care for HIV affected children or kids addicted to drugs. Mentoring young people will be part of your job profile.
Retired And Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – This program, for retired persons aged 60 and over enables you to serve in “volunteer stations” like courts, economic development agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, schools, day care centers, Boy and Girl Scout offices, and other community service centers. There is no monetary compensation, but expenses such as transportation may be reimbursed.
Senior Companion Program (SCP) – Here, low-income persons age 60 and over can do part-time community service for a stipend and other benefits. Volunteers serve adults with physical, mental or emotional impairments, especially homebound elderly persons who need assistance because they are not physically able.
If you are a senior business executive with years of management or technical expertise, you can volunteer for Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a volunteer program run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). You will counsel owners and managers of small businesses. SCORE gives you the advantage to work in or near your home community. The agency will reimburse your out-of-pocket expenses.
Volunteers in service to America (VISTA)
At Volunteers in Service to America, you are assigned to local sponsors who work with low-income persons in their neighborhood. These sponsors can be non-profit organizations or state agencies. VISTA can offer you a career with social responsibility where you need to work in diverse areas like drug abuse, domestic violence, senior nutrition and employment training.
This organization helps people in developing countries meet their basic needs for food, education, shelter and health care. The minimum period you need to volunteer for is two years, and you will spend this time in the country assigned to you. You will be trained on things like language, culture and technical skills for a period of two to four months. As a volunteer, you will receive a monthly allowance, and you will also be entitled to health services and vacation.
AmeriCorps is similar to The Peace Corps. This unique service provides people of all ages and backgrounds with education awards if they volunteer for community service for one or two years.