Title

Engaging older adults in environmental volunteerism: The Retirees in service to the environment program

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2017

Abstract

Purpose of the Study: Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) is a program designed to promote participation of older people in volunteering for the environment. Based on principles of adult learning and best practices for the development of effective volunteer programs, RISE engaged older individuals in environmental volunteering and involved them in community stewardship activities. Design and Methods: This article details the development and formative evaluation of RISE. We describe program assessment, benefits to the community, and effects on participants. Results: The program successfully recruited individuals new to environmental volunteering and substantial hours of volunteer time were provided to communities. Program satisfaction was high and preliminary evidence suggests positive outcomes from RISE participation. Implications: The innovative structure combined with local relevance of the RISE program has the potential to expand older adults' engagement in environmental volunteerism.

Publication Name

Gerontologist

Volume Number

57

First Page

367

Last Page

375

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1093/geront/gnv693

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