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City Manager resigning for new program designed for retiree volunteerism

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (11/14/17) -   The Springfield City Manager, Greg Burris, announced today that he is resigning. Burris will more than likely transition into the role of executive director of a newly announced Give 5 Program. It’s a one of a kind program here in Missouri and it’s about to make home here in Springfield.

Making his announcement, today, Burris isn’t straying too far when it comes to working with the city.

“It’s trying to match up the 10,000 baby boomers that are retiring everyday for the next nineteen years with volunteer opportunities," explained Burris.

The Give 5 Program will offer retirees a purpose of volunteering in the community. Burris hopes that retirees will apply their professional talents and passions into the communities well needed balance of volunteerism. Burris says, “Drury, recently, did a study and found that Springfield could use 8,000 more volunteers than we have right now.”

Burris wants Springfield to have the reputation of being the community that helps give retirees meaningful volunteer work. "I think that’s a game changer for our community.”

With the thought of becoming a model community, Burris says the City of Springfield faces challenges head on and face the tough issues. And being the first program of its kind, Give 5 will allow a class of 25 retirees access to be transported to each class session and experience the various amounts of meaningful volunteer opportunities. And it could start as early as next month!

As far as finishing out his term as city manager, Burris says the transtion will be massive but he’s ready for a calmer workplace.

"Every day is completely different. Doesn’t matter what’s on your ‘To Do List’ you’re not getting to it," says Burris. "The pace is so fast and it’ll wear you out.”

There’s still time to sign up for the class that starts next month. Click on the link https://www.springfieldmo.gov/FormCenter/Public-Information-3/Give-5-Senior-Volunteer-Program-Signup-279 to apply for the Give 5 classes and for more information.

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