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Baby Boomers of ColorImplications for Social Work Policy and Practice$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163019

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.001.0001

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Neighborhood/Community-Focused Assets

Neighborhood/Community-Focused Assets

(p.135) 9 Neighborhood/Community-Focused Assets
Baby Boomers of Color

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the potential of baby boomers of color to make significant contributions to their communities and society through various forms of community service, referred to here as civic engagement. Boomers of color can provide services to their communities either formally or informally, in traditional and nontraditional settings, and across the entire lifespan into later older adulthood. One study found that, once engaged, African American/Black older adults can be expected to commit more time and enjoy perceived greater psychosocial benefits from volunteering. The chapter discusses the principles of civic engagement, the rewards of civic engagement, and the challenges organizations will face in engaging boomers of color.

Keywords:   community service, civic engagement, baby boomers of color, baby boom generation

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