The Newest Seniors At Schools Around The Country Are Volunteers Not Students

 The Newest Seniors At Schools Around The Country Are Volunteers Not Students

Educators Say Involvement by Del Webb Residents Helps Students, Saves Money

PR Newswire

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Nov. 14, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --They spend countless
hours in the classroom – decades after they attended school themselves.
Whether it's painting murals on the walls of a new elementary school, reading
with students in the classroom or raising funds for much needed supplies - Del
Webb residents are known for their volunteer efforts in schools across the

"We are bringing together two different generations and it's a very positive
experience for both," said Barbara Graves, 67, who is known by the students at
Rutland Elementary School as 'Grandma Rutland'. Dozens of Graves' neighbors
volunteer with her at the school, which is located across the street from Lake
Providence by Del Webb in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. "I feel like I've become a
surrogate grandmother of hundreds of children. The kids make their way into
your heart and the teachers are so appreciative of the time and resources we
provide them."

Nearly 70 percent of Del Webb communities have reported an increase in the
level of volunteerism over the past three years, according to findings from a
recent internal Company survey. Del Webb regularly conducts surveys at its
more than 50 active selling communities nationwide to monitor new and emerging
trends. In the same survey, 75 percent of the communities reported a high
level of volunteerism by residents; a trend that has continued even as most
Del Webb communities have seen an increase in the number of still-working
residents in the past ten years, said Judy Julison, national director of
lifestyle operations for the Company.

"We find that the core motivations of active adult homebuyers center around
leading more fulfilling lives - and that doesn't just mean engaging in social
and recreational activities or working out at the gym," Julison said. "Baby
Boomers have been changing this country for decades and they continue to look
for ways to make a difference. Today, fulfillment includes giving back to
society, and one of the most rewarding ways is in your own community and in
local schools where the need is great. At the same time, you stay active and
connected while growing personally as you help others learn."

According to the most recent Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey, 60 to 70 percent of
55 and 64-year-olds surveyed said they are or plan to participate in volunteer
activities. Most cited "personal fulfillment," "giving back to the
community," and "helping others" as the main reasons why volunteerism was so

As the leading builder of active adult communities, Del Webb has seen hundreds
of examples of residents' volunteering and getting involved. At Sun City
Carolina Lakes, the community's Woodworkers Guild formed a relationship with
the Trades Department at Indian Land High School. A host of volunteers teach
various projects in the woodworking area of the shop – from teaching basic
materials and design skills to turning ball point pens on a lathe and making
wooden cutting boards, bowls and tool boxes.

"These volunteers give their wealth of knowledge and talent so these kids can
learn skills that will very well help them for many years to come," said Mark
Bonda, building construction instructor at the high school. "The partnership
and experience they bring to the table is indispensable to the school. We
would not be able to teach what we teach and offer the tools in the shop
without their involvement."

The Del Webb residents also talk to the students about career planning, help
update curriculum and sit on the advisory board for the high school. They
recently collected funds to donate a special table saw that has a stopping
mechanism that will not allow it to cut through flesh, Bonda said.

For volunteers like those with the Woodworkers Guild, the Del Webb community
lifestyle provides many outlets for people seeking ways to give back to the

"When we deliver the school supplies, the principals and teachers are thrilled
and sometimes overcome with emotion at the generosity of our Del Webb
residents," said Michele Ramsey, who lives in Del Webb's Sun City Mesquite
north of Las Vegas. She and others in the community collect supplies for
three schools in the area and residents also volunteer in the classroom. "We
read stories, assist in the classroom, help chaperone field trips and even
work with the kids on science experiments. There's never an end to the ways
you can give back."

About Del Webb
Del Webb is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM). Del Webb, the
pioneer of active adult retirement communities, is America's leading builder
of developments for people ages 55+. Since 1960, Del Webb has redefined
retirement and retirement living by meeting the housing and lifestyle needs of
the active Baby Boomer. Del Webb's amenities and program offerings provide
residents an engaging environment, which fulfills their creative, social,
physical fitness and intellectual needs as they journey into the next chapter
in their lives – whether it means retirement or still working. Del Webb has
grown to more than 50 communities currently open for new home sales in 20
states. For more information on Del Webb, visit To learn
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