Dorothy Jenkins Fields writes about “Retirees in ‘ReServe’ use skills to help nonprofit groups,” which appeared recently in The Miami Herald. Below is an excerpt.
There was a time when retirement meant sitting in a rocking chair waiting for time to pass. Today, after retiring, some professionals seek opportunities to continue using their skills and experience to help nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
A good example is retired businessman Richard Gibson Jr. He spent many years generating new business and name recognition for start-up companies. His areas of expertise include new business development strategies, customer service, marketing, advertising and promotions. He has held positions as a general sales manager, director of marketing, health care administrator and co-owned a small wholesale distribution company.
After working long hours in business for 36 years he retried in 2009 and enjoyed well-earned leisure time. Still in good health he joined ReServe Miami “to give back to the community.”
The mission of the New York based program is to connect experienced professionals 55+ with opportunities to use their skills and experience to help strengthen short-staffed and under-budgeted nonprofit organizations and public institutions.
ReServe Miami is operated by Catalyst Miami. For 16 years, Catalyst Miami has a track record in responding to a multitude of needs throughout Miami-Dade County. With ReServe Miami, Catalyst Miami connects retirees to meaningful part-time positions. Retirees can choose from healthcare, marketing, education, accounting, sales, or research and development placements. Read more here.