Life After Work: The Right Way to Volunteer

The world of volunteering needs help--but not the kind you think. There are more than enough retirees looking for ways to pitch in. The problem is that too many nonprofits cling to their old ways, asking volunteers to do little more than stuff envelopes and make fund-raising calls.

Something has to give. Nearly 38 million Americans who had volunteered with a nonprofit in the past didn't show up last year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). That is a waste of talent and desire.

The newest crop of potential volunteers--baby boomers--is the most educated and driven in history,...

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