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

What is Encore Cleveland?

The Encore movement is 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.

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.

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 to learn more about joining the Encore Cleveland network. 
  • The community gains intergenerational collaboration and is able to better address unmet needs in the labor force. Through Encore Cleveland, nonprofits realize opportunities to build capacity and adults from all socio-economic and education levels establish deeper connections in the community.

Encore Cleveland Opportunities


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 opportunities are endless. 

Employment opportunities:
Health and Wellness:
Arts and Culture:
  • Literacy skills (grades K-3) and/or mentoring (grades 4-8) through Greater Cleveland Volunteers 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Math (STEAM) via Cuyahoga County Public Library Encore Community Connects
  • Mentor high school students in manufacturing career and technical programs with Westside Industrial Retention & Expansion Network (WIRE-Net)
  • Mentor and retain beginning teachers to appreciate and eventually stay in Cleveland via Teach For America
  • Distance learning via videoconferencing through University Circle Inc.

Nonprofit engagement: 

IM-TCF-ALT-EncoreA 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.

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