OCF’s Boomers and Babies project connects baby boomer-age volunteers with young children in a variety of early childhood care and education settings. The project is part of the Community Experience Partnership (CEP), a national initiative of The Atlantic Philanthropies. CEP engages U.S. community foundations to tap older adults to address key community issues through volunteerism.
On March 8 and 9, 2012, OCF hosted representatives from the other community foundations participating in the CEP, located in seven other states. During the two-day event, guests learned about the science of early brain development, visited two Boomers and Babies grantees (the Gladstone Center for Children and Families and Salem’s Family Building Blocks), participated in a panel discussion and conversation on the impact of Boomer volunteers on children and families, and toured the Oregon Historical Society.
This short video captures some of the highlights of the event, and communicates the importance of linking skilled and caring adults with young children to give at-risk children a better start and engage the Boomer population with the needs of families in their communities.