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Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Encore Innovation Fellows for 2015 will be seeking out stories about people doing great work in their Encore years.
 

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encore.org founder and ceo

MARC FREEDMAN

“Encore is a movement of millions of people who are using their passions, skills and decades of experience to make a difference in our communities and the world.”
 

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GRAND RAPIDS

“We don’t see our aging population as a problem, we view experienced individuals as a powerful source of talent and wisdom that can tackle some of our biggest community issues.”
 

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IT’S GO TIME!

We are poised to take advantage of the unprecedented human resource windfall of the Baby Boomer and beyond generation.
 

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ABOUT ENCORE

Encore is a burgeoning national movement created to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Encore sets out to define this new stage of life. An Encore can combine work, service and social impact.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Encore is leading the way in Kent County by seeking to inspire individuals in their 50s and beyond to engage in meaningful work and service that makes a difference. In addition, we seek to challenge organizations in our community to pave the way and increase their capacity for experienced talent by identifying innovative pathways and opportunities for service.

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INSPIRING INNOVATION

We’ll identify our community’s best practices. How can we build on the collaborative successes that already exist and leverage them for an even greater impact? Let’s work together to determine new and existing opportunities that contribute to the community good and create a better future for the generations to come.

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BUILDING CAPACITY

We’ll find connections—those paid and unpaid opportunities in which the talents and experience of people in midlife and beyond can flourish. We will serve as a hub and a resource for leaders of profit and nonprofit organizations that share the Encore vision.

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RAISING AWARENESS

We want to make sure everybody knows about the vast population of people that are active and healthy with extensive skill, knowledge and life experience. We’ll tell their personal stories here. These stories challenge conventional thinking about aging and begin a new narrative that speaks to individual renewal and social impact.

OUR STORIES

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Stuart

From Burger King to Guiding Light Mission

Dave

Preserving Memories for Hospice Patients & Their Families

Don

Providing Final Resting Places for Those in Need

Wayne

Overcoming Illiteracy to Earn a College Degree

Diana

Sharing Grand Rapids History with Future Generations

Buck

Local TV & Radio Legend Still Communicating

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Let’s start a community conversation about life after traditional retirement! We want to help shape this new life stage that offers the freedom to work differently and contribute in new ways. We strive to link the individuals and organizations in networks and communities throughout Kent County that support and sustain continuous learning and improvement.

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

You are a vital source of talent that can benefit our community! However you choose to ‘Encore’, there are opportunities across Kent County. We will highlight resources here to aid you in realizing and claiming your own Encore. Did you know that if only five percent of today’s population chose encore service, Kent County could gain up to 80,000 person-years of benefit?

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FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Community institutions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors can contribute so much to our collective understanding of how to harness this unique workforce and offer opportunities for service. We have so many challenges in our education and healthcare systems, in our environment, government and on our streets. Is your organization ‘Encore-friendly’ and interested in building capacity?

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TELL YOUR STORY

Please share your insights, ideas and experiences with us. The power of personal stories is profound—they give issues a human face and demonstrate what we can accomplish together. What purpose drives your future? We know these conversations are already happening in places like coffee houses, brew pubs, chamber meetings, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs all around our community. How are you sharing your talent, skill and time?

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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These stories challenge conventional thinking about aging and begin a new narrative that speaks to individual renewal and social impact.

RESOURCES

Encore.org

National Encore think tank.

Experience Corps

Put your experience to work helping students.

VolunteerMatch

Find opportunities for service.

Heart of West Michigan United Way Volunteer Center

Find opportunities for service.

Life Reimagined

What’s next for you?

Encore Career Handbook

Explore your Encore potential!