Senior Discounts and Community-Mindedness

by Bob Hughes on November 25, 2014

Bob Hughes · Social Trends The WE Cycle · November 25, 2014

Some people fear the coming years of senior discounts. Others welcome any little economy that age brings. And still others use the discounts they receive to help others live better lives.

Some seniors in Washington state, and now others around the country, are offering their discounts to local charities to help the underprivileged. An article in the New York Times describes the community-minded actions of these generous folks.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, written by Kerry Hannon:

Moviegoers 65 and older who bought tickets at the Bainbridge Cinemas or the Bainbridge Performing Arts center in Bainbridge Island, Wash., could pay full price for their ticket and have the $3 senior discount redirected to a local charity that provides child care to low-income families.

The program, called the Boomerang Giving project, raised $630 in a two-month trial this year.

That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a start – and any little bit can help. Members who pool their money, or discounts, can have an enormous impact on their communities. The Boomerang Giving project is, as the site says, “a national movement of Baby Boomers who dare to imagine the impact we can make as a generation if Boomers with the means reinvest some or all of our senior discount savings back into our communities through charities we each choose ourselves.”

And the site has tools to help you track your senior discounts and where to apply those discounts, i.e. what charity to help support. It even has a tool to help you determine your senior discounts.

Other good WE Cycle news, according to the Times article: charitable giving is up by 4.4% from 2012, with Americans giving $335.17 billion to charity. And even a little senior discount can go a long way toward helping someone else.

If that isn’t WE Cycle community thinking, I don’t know what is.

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