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Are you over 50 and thinking about what comes next in your life?
Do you want to do something that benefits people, your community or the planet?
Are you engaged now but want to see greater impact from your time and talent?

The Encore Community is here to help!

Work for Free
Volunteer in a community service role at a nonprofit or government agency.

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Work for Pay
Find paid work in a nonprofit, business or government agency.

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Start Something
Start your own social venture, business or project to address a cause or need.

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Volunteer in a community service role in a nonprofit or government agency.
Did you know...
•  Volunteering includes pro bono, skills-based and hands-on service work in addition to events, projects and service days.
•  You can personalize your volunteer search by going to the Ways to Help page of Connect for Good (see below).
•  Encore volunteers are healthier, happier and live about 7 years longer than those who don't volunteer.
•  Organizations that use skills-based volunteers operate 50% more efficiently than others.
•  The value of your service as an encore volunteer starts at $25 per hour.

Visit Connect for Good, our easy-to-use, one-stop guide for volunteer opportunities in our area.
Download Discover Your Encore Personal Guide, an ESC Discovery e-book with practical tools and advice.

Read the Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher, full of useful tips, stories and ideas for encore volunteers.


Find paid work in a nonprofit, business or government agency.
Did you know...
•  Encore work can include full-time, part-time, consulting, free lance, seasonal, temporary and gig roles.
•  Organizations that hire or retain people over 50 outperform others, and their teams are more innovative.
•  Encore workers are more physically and mentally fit, more socially connected and more purposeful.
•  The fastest growing segment of the labor market is people age 65 and above.
•  People over 50 are 27% more likely to find a job if they also volunteer.

Mastering the Job Search for People Over 50: a free 5-part series to give you an edge in a complex and uncertain job market. A collaboration among EBN and numerous local job market experts.

Marci Alboher on Encore Careers, a free 6-unit LinkedIn course for job seekers from the former NY Times jobs columnist, VP of, and author of The Encore Career Handbook.
Locate the MassHire Career Center closest to you and sign up for training & job search support.
Join one of the 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Groups at 16 locations around the state.
Operation ABLE offers job skills training and placement services for job seekers over 45. 
Certified Age Friendly Employers (CAFE) Program evaluates employers committed to being the best places to work for people over 50.
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, the definitive guide for finding financial security and personal and professional fulfillment.
Second Act Careers, how to create a profitable and meaningful semi-retirement on your own terms.

Start a business, social venture or project that addresses a cause or need.
Did you know...
•  Half of all businesses are started by people over age 50.
•  Entrepreneurs over 50 are twice as likely to be successful and those over age 60 are 3 times as likely to succeed.
•  Most new businesses are started for $5000 or less.
•  Business startups range from products, business and consumer services to nonprofits, franchises and internet ventures.
•  Most encore entrepreneurs start businesses because they have an idea or see an opportunity, not out of financial necessity.

Encore Entrepreneur: starting your own business after an earlier career, from the Small Business Administration.
Find a mentor, take a workshop or get help with your new business at Boston SCORE.
Work For Yourself@50+ Toolkit, workshops and resources for taking the first steps to start your own business.

Never to Old to Get Rich, up-to-date resources and guidance for launching a business when you're 50+.

Explore and discover the options that might be right for you.

Explore the make-up of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Sector in this and regional graphics.
Explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals for ways to have impact.
Mission Driven by Laura Gassner Otting, for professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector
Life Reimagined by Richard Leider & Alan Webber, exploring new life possibilities after 50.
Work Reimagined by Richard Leider, helps you discover what you were born to do, no matter your age.
Encore by Marc Freedman helps you find work that matters in the second half of life.
Project Renewment by Helen Dennis & Bernice Bratter, a manual for career women transitioning to retirement.
Life on Purpose by Victor Strecher, how living for what matters most changes everything.
Repacking Your Bags by Richard Leider, helps you manage the transition from career to what’s next.
The Power of Purpose by Richard Leider, offers tools and techniques for unlocking purpose and finding meaning.

Composing a Further Life by Mary Catherine Bateson, suggests new sources of meaning and new ways to contribute.

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