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Six Broward Cities Provide Pathways for Retirees to Give Back

May 21, 2013

(Fort Lauderdale, May 21, 2013) – Six Broward cities and hundreds of retired Broward residents have taken the Community Foundation of Broward’s City Challenge and are tackling pressing local issues from unemployment to public safety.
With the help of more than $120,000 in Community Foundation of Broward City Challenge grants the six projects tap the talents and experience of retired residents to address local challenges from unemployment to public safety.
The grants, part of the Community Foundation’s Re-engage for Good initiative, seek to connect new retirees to high impact service opportunities to address local city challenges.  The City Challenge grant partners and their projects are: 
  • Cooper City’s two programs will create an inventory of city trees and preserve Cooper City’s historical assets.
  • Coral Springs’ initiative will work with retirees to improve city aesthetics.
  • Fort Lauderdale will improve pedestrian safety and provide cross-generational mentoring for local students.
  • Hollywood’s BEST program will use skilled retirees to coach and instruct the underemployed and unemployed in career success.
  • Pembroke Pines will create a “reuse, reduce and recycle” program under the direction of retired recycling coordinators.  
  • Sunrise will provide retiree-led programs to improve youth literacy skills and encourage the love of reading. 
“The best way to engage residents, who often become disconnected from their community after retirement, is at a local civic level,” said Foundation Program Manager, Lindsey Linzer. “These grants give cities new ways for retired residents to give back to their communities in meaningful ways.”
City Challenge draws on the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Cities of Service model, a coalition of more than 150 cities representing 50 million Americans, which leverages resident service to solve pressing local challenges. Contact your city to get involved in one of these service opportunities.
About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward's mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. A public nonprofit organization with more than 450 charitable and agency endowment Funds representing $150 million, it has distributed $60 million to support community solutions over the past 29 years. The Foundation’s focus adjusts to the most pressing needs in the community. Current initiatives include the Re-engage for Good campaign to move retiring baby boomers into encore careers for social good, support of arts and cultural programming and education, and the Leadership Institute, which offers on-going educational programs for nonprofit CEOs, board members and human resources professionals. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit or call 954.761.9503.  
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