START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Who Says Retirement is for Relaxing?

Who Says Retirement is for Relaxing?

For those of you who still think life gets less interesting as you get older – prepare to be red-faced.

Over the past five years, more than 300 adults over the age of 60 have been awarded the Purpose Prize – an award for extraordinary work done during an “Encore Career.”

The 2010 prize winners represented an amazing range of issues and skill sets, from helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to helping the people of rural Afghanistan. The creativity and drive of these older Americans is inspiring.

One example is Bo Webb. In 2004, Webb co-founded Mountain Justice, which uses grassroots organizing, public education and nonviolent civil disobedience to abolish surface mining and protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Appalachian coal fields.

Webb did independent research and learned all about mountaintop removal mining and the destruction it was causing. Across Appalachia, Webb says, mountaintop removal has destroyed at least 500 mountains and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams beneath rock and rubble dumped into valleys.

A former tool-and-dye shop owner who had planned a quiet retirement on family land, Webb has instead spent the past 10 years in a difficult and often dangerous fight against the coal companies and their powerful allies, the unions, even his neighbors.

Despite death threats and three arrests resulting from acts of civil disobedience, Webb remains resolute as he knocks on doors from the coalfields to Capitol Hill.

When state regulatory officials wouldn’t respond to his concerns about potential permit violations at the mine site near his home in Naoma, he videotaped the operation and hand-delivered the footage to officials in Washington, D.C.

Days later, federal regulators accompanied state officials to the site and issued four citations.

This is just one example of the amazing people who are being nominated for and awarded the Purpose Prize. The prize awards up to $100,000 each to 10 people creating new ways to solve tough social problems.

Do you know someone who fits this description? You have until March 31 to nominate someone you know who is over 65 and making a difference in an Encore Career.

Read more: , , , , ,

Photo courtesy of nysenate.gov

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

67 comments

+ add your own
7:11AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Live life to the fullest

8:25AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

I TOY WITH THE IDEA OF RETIRNG SOON, BUT FEAR FINDING MYSELF IDLE WITH TOO LITTLE FUNDS TO TRAVEL AS I ENVISION. SO, MY SOLUTION IS TO SEMI-RETIRE: RETIRE FROM FULL-TIME, DELAY BENEFITS, AND WORK PART-TIME FOR 5 YEARS, SAVING FOR MAJOR TRIPS AND TAKING MINI-TRIP DURING THAT TIME. SURE HOPE IT WORKS. AS FOR DOING GOOD - I TRY TO DO THAT DAILY. NOW AND TIL I CAN NO LONGER.

3:50AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Miles to go before I sleep........and I believe that I rust when I rest!

8:28PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Good for them! Thanks for sharing

6:56PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Husband and I are retired! But we are busier now than we were before...we try every day to make the world a better place in whatever we do.

1:32PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Retired-no way to do what I'd planned on doing. No money to travel the world. Myself and hubby over weight and economy in toilet and still raising grandson. Will hope we improve all of the above.

8:12AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Good stuff. Thanks.

2:36AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Sooo much to do, so little time!...Quality of our efforts=some Balance!...add a little experience, knowledge and desire= how much, together we can achieve!
Be blessed in all your endevours!

10:37PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

thanks

8:38PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

I though retirement would be a time to travel and do all the things I didn't have time to do when I was working! Humpf! Now I can't AFFORD to do them!

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

DEBORAH W: As usual, you can't get ANYTHING right. The expression is flattery will get you EVERYWHERE.…

May God bless this man and also those people who extend their help for this noble cause.

meet our writers

Kristina Chew Kristina Chew teaches and writes about ancient Greek and Latin and is Online Advocacy and Marketing... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.