Something cool happens when we stop thinking about retirement as an extended vacation and start thinking of it as a chance to work for the betterment of others. Retirement opens the doors to all kinds of opportunities to help your community (or the world at-large) and the benefits are many. Volunteering gets you out of your own head (“I’m old! “I’m bored!” “I miss my work friends!) and opens your eyes to other people, cultures and challenges. It gives you a renewed sense of purpose and value. And, the right volunteer gig can put your talents and skills to use in ways you never thought possible. But, where to start? We like to recommend VolunteerMatch.org as a great first step. Plug in your zip code and – voila! – you’ll see dozens of local listings for volunteer jobs. A sampling in our area today includes hosts for international exchange students, American Red Cross health and safety instructors, and VA hospital escorts. A whole new world is at your fingertips!
Published March 12, 2015 by Cathy Hamilton