Experience Engaged identifies areas of critical needs in the community, issues that largely affect underserved populations, but that also threaten to undermine quality of life for other residents as well. We design our programs to address those needs. Our current focus areas are in early childhood education, health care access and navigation, digital literacy, and a flexible category that is dedicated to emerging needs.
Current Focus Areas
Access & Navigation
Older adults come to Experience Engaged to meet other highly committed individuals and determine how to convert their life experiences and knowledge into much needed community service.
Experience Engaged participants learn and contribute their time; they find value and meaning in helping others.
Our mission is to amplify the power of older adults to strengthen our communities.
We believe aging is an asset and we envision a community where older adults are empowered and encouraged to use their experience, knowledge, and energy to benefit areas of critical need.
Experience Engaged (formerly known as Boomers Leading Change), began as an initiative in 2006 at Rose Community Foundation as part of the national Community Experience Partnership (funded by Atlantic Philanthropies) to help identify what older adults prioritized as the top concerns in their post-career years. Health was identified as the core focus of Boomer engagement opportunities and in 2010 Boomers Leading Change in Health, or BLCiH was born.
Five years into our existence, we began looking for opportunities to support community needs outside of health. This opening led to the elimination of “in Health” from the organization’s name and a branding refresh from 2016-2017. Since 2019, we have continued to harness the energy, talent, time, and commitment of older adults to encompass existing areas of high importance to the community at large and to older adults, and also to include emerging community needs.