Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Elise Bolda, MPH


volunteers elder volunteers, volunteer retention, recruiting, engagement, Muskie School of Public Service, USM Aging Initiative, Economics, Social/Cultural


In retirement, older adults often decide to devote their time and skills to the needs of others. Much is known about who older volunteers are demographically, and what they can gain from the experience. At the same time many organizations who rely on volunteers, especially smaller ones with fewer resources, fail to attract committed older adult volunteers. This capstone presents insights found in the literature and collected from interviews with local volunteer managers, and offers a list of recommendations synthesized from those sources. The list of recommended strategies can be used by organizations to increase the number of older volunteers who volunteer and stay invested over the long term.



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