Ah, woe. Carol Goar reports that retiring baby boomers plan to spend time volunteering, but:
But for the most part, the non-profit sector is not waiting with open arms for retired baby boomers with skills to share and time to spare.
“Logically, it should be a great opportunity,” says Michael Hall, vice-president of Imagine Canada, the umbrella organization for charities and non-profit organizations across the country. “But few organizations have the infrastructure to manage volunteers.
“You need to orient them, assist them and integrate them into your team. But where are the resources? Most organizations are stretched thin.”
Mmmhmm. And who, one might ask, was in charge a decade ago when nonprofits were told to “act more like businesses,” convert to a contract basis and stretch themselves so very thin, resulting in the current lack of capacity to manage volunteers?