Volunteer spotlight: Greg Beck

OlympianMarch 31, 2014 

Greg Beck, Volunteer Spotlight.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Greg Beck is a prime example of a baby boomer generation retiree, and a skills-based volunteer. Greg attended Purdue University and worked towards a degree in architectural engineering. After three years, he realized engineering was not for him and enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam war.

Once home, he settled in Los Angeles and went back to school. He realized business was his passion and completed his degree at California State University with a major in marketing where he spent 40 years. Most recently he concluded a certification program from South Puget Sound Community College, in Project Management.

Now in retirement, Greg knows he wants to volunteer. “There are a lot of people with equal or more experience than me.” Greg stated. “People look at me like a utility knife.”

His expertise in writing and executing marketing plans, and his project management skills could easily transfer to almost any project or function within a workplace. As a guy who enjoys the challenge of learning new things, he volunteered for a stipend wage to help United Way of King County, and 501 Commons train nonprofit organizations how to incorporate skills-based volunteers into their overall strategic plan.

Presently, Greg is working with Healthy Communities, an alliance working on fall prevention for seniors. The goal with this project is to reduce billions spent by Medicare, by engaging seniors to stay physically fit. Being fit reduces falls that require costly therapy and rehabilitation. Greg is also volunteering with United Way of Thurston County, and is helping expand and maximize usage of their Consumer Relationship Management software.

Greg’s generation has years of education, experience and expertise, and want to give back to their community. “It makes me and most people in my situation feel like they still matter, and it helps unite the community.”

If you’re like Greg and want to get engaged in your community, call Jennifer Thompson, Retired and Senior Volunteer Coordinator (RSVP) at 360-943-2773, ext. 21.

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