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.
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