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Work is Now Part of Retirement for Many

December 30, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel

The Great Recession may have forced the issue, but more baby boomers are including work as part of retirement.
The Community Foundation of Broward has caught on to that trend, giving $470,000 in grants to five groups that help boomers find jobs or volunteer work with stipends. The grants are used to help boomers transition into encore careers.

(Sarah Dussault, Sun Sentine/December 29, 2011)
Amy Barrow, is a participant in the Re-engage For Good program through the Community Foundation of Broward. Re-engage For Good helps baby boomers pursue volunteer work and encore careers that help our community in the public, private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Barrow was assigned to be the project coordinator for the Community Foundation's For Good Awards. Behind her are two Community Foundation of Broward employees who worked with Barrow on the project, Aleksandar Milojica, left, and Nancy Rogan.
"They are an amazing generation. We want them to stay here in Broward," said Thor Barraclough, a spokesman for the foundation.

Baby boomers — those aged 47 to 65 — are the largest group in South Florida, making up a third of the population. Hundreds have gone through the foundation's programs that include career counseling and matching boomers with volunteer and work opportunities. 

Amy Barrow, 65, of Oakland Park, was given a $1,000 stipend by the foundation to help organize an awards program over the past four months. She had been laid off by another nonprofit group in June.
Barrow said she has preserved her retirement savings by trying to work at least part-time. After her first layoff from a computer programming job at age 60, Barrow found work as a project coordinator at a nonprofit medical association.  Read more...
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