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Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y as Volunteers

September 1st, 2010

The Maine Commission for Community Service announced in its August edition of the VolunteerFare newsletter the availability of three new research briefs.  These briefs combine research and focus group findings from three generational groups:  Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y.  These findings will be useful and helpful for volunteer managers as they recruit, manage, and retain their target volunteer populations and will ultimately be used as a reference, by, to effectively engage more Maine citizens in service. 

The first research brief, Baby Boomers, has been released.  Below is an excerpt:

 ...They [Baby Boomers] are much more likely to respond when they are getting clear and direct communication that is relevant to their peer group.  They are more likely to get involved and stay involved with your organization if you allow them to be part of the "volunteering process" in a way that they can lend their expertise (i.e. decision making, goal setting) and see the fruits of their labor.  As one of our focus group members shared, "What prevents me from volunteering is failing...when you try to get started with an organization that doesn't know how to utilize you and you feel lost and lose interest because you feel like you aren't making a difference.”

 In each of the next two VolunteerFare newsletter editions, we will feature a brief on Generation X and Generation Y.  These briefs are available by signing up for the newsletter at

 The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service.  The MCCS initiated the VolunteerMaine Partnership as part of its responsibility to be a catalyst in solving challenges faced by Maine’s volunteer sector.  To learn more, please visit our websites: and