Define Your Next Chapter

The Mission of Encore Cleveland is to channel the time, energy and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs.

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Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.

Encore Cleveland is part of the Encore movement, a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers.

Who benefits from Encore Cleveland?

  • Encore Clevelanders benefit from the opportunity to remain active and engaged through work in their community that provides personal fulfillment.
  • Participating programs and organizations benefit from the dedication and expertise that Encore Clevelanders bring to their positions. Nonprofit organizations interested in participating may contact to learn more about joining the Encore Cleveland network.
  • The community benefits from the intergenerational collaboration and networking fostered by the Encore Cleveland network.

Discover Your Encore Opportunity


The Encore Cleveland program includes a wide array of experiences. Individuals can receive support to start a small business, train the next generation of skilled technical workers, or volunteer to improve the literacy rates of local elementary school students – the possibilities are endless!

Explore different types of opportunities offered by our Encore Cleveland partners:

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I want to volunteer

With Youth:

With Adults: 

With Nonprofits: 

  • Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) Pro Bono Corps: Serve as a volunteer consultant on a project for a local nonprofit organization in need of your professional expertise. 
  • BVU Encore ACTS: Sign up for a volunteer opportunity and socialize with like-minded adults. Encore ACTS offers a variety of group volunteer events throughout the year, and each volunteer opportunity is followed by a social gathering to connect with fellow volunteers. 
  • Vantage Aging Encore Staffing Network: Put your expertise, passion and talent to work in a temporary or part-time position to assist nonprofit and government agencies. 
  • RSVP at Greater Cleveland Volunteers: Serve the nonprofit community and provide volunteer support to address a variety of needs in Cuyahoga County. 
I want to give back while receiving compensation

I want a salary or hourly wage:  

I want a stipend: 

I have specific skills, knowledge or training that I want to apply in my Encore experience
I want to start a business

Watch Encore Clevelanders Talk About Their Experience

Betty Jones talks about her Encore Cleveland experience working with Fairhill Partners.

Gary Dudich talks about his Encore Cleveland experience working with WIRE-Net.

Joseph Rochford talks about his Encore Cleveland experience working with Mature Services.

A Long-Standing Commitment


The Cleveland Foundation has a longstanding commitment to the field of aging. The foundation has experience working with local organizations around issues of healthcare, housing, advocacy and supportive services for older adults through its responsive grantmaking process, including efforts dating back to the 1950s.

More recently, the foundation made even greater strides through its Successful Aging Initiative, which was a nationally-recognized, $4 million effort that was among the first Cleveland programs to recognize and activate senior talent. Building on the learnings of this initiative, which ran from 2003 to 2006, many foundations and communities across the country have adopted similar work and built a body of knowledge around the assets older adults may contribute to their communities.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact and follow the hashtag #EncoreCLE on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram!

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Read about Encore Cleveland on our blog.