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Give back. Go forward. Engage at every age
John Ratliff, Ohio Department of Aging
The GIVEback. GOforward. (GBGF) program – a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Aging – perfectly embodies the theme of Older Americans Month. “Engage at Every Age” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, while GBGF gives adults 60 and older the opportunity to do just that – staying active through volunteering and staying involved in their community through their service.
Through the GIVE back. GO forward. program, Ohioans age 60 and older can “give back” to their communities by volunteering at least 100 hours per year at any of the partnering local non-profit organizations. In exchange, they will earn a three-credit-hour tuition waiver from the participating university or community college. Volunteers may use the waiver themselves or donate it to another Ohio resident.
Research shows volunteering is a win-win activity with numerous benefits beyond the tuition waiver, including:
• More engagement with your community
• Increased physical activity
• Lower risk of depression
• Improvements in memory
• Less overall decline in health due to aging
• New and reinvigorated friendships
GIVE back. GO forward partnerships have been launched at a number of Ohio’s public universities in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Aging.
Each partnership is unique in terms of the non-profit organizations that collaborate with the campuses. But all have selected local partners that allow for intergenerational interaction.
The program launched in 2015 at Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College, and has since grown to include Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, and Shawnee State University.
More universities will join the effort in the future. Contact the sponsoring universities for their program specifics.
Date Published: May 28, 2018