Surrey Services is pleased to report that Barbara Fentress, Surrey President and CEO, and Caroline Metz, Senior Director Community and Member Relations, were once again selected to present at the American Society on Aging’s national convention. The conference is being held March 11 – 15 in San Diego, CA and is the largest multidisciplinary conference on aging in the nation. The conference explores best practices in the industry and replicable models for serving an aging population. Barbara and Caroline’s presentation is titled “Strengthening Participation of Older Volunteers: Balancing Rewards and Risks.” The focus of their presentation is sharing ways that organizations can strengthen their mission and margins by broadening their talent pools using older adult volunteers.
Surrey is uniquely positioned to present this topic and has been praised on a national level for the strength of its volunteer program. Surrey is a community network of resources and services enabling older adults to age in place. Surrey serves 7,500 older adults each year with a staff of approximately 40 (not including Surrey caregivers). Surrey would not be able to provide these services without volunteers. Last year, Surrey’s volunteer corps was over 1,000 individuals who provided 63,000 hours of service.