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									Giving Your Time Away

One of the joys of retirement is that you are into a time of life when
making a buck and worrying about using your time “profitably” is less of
an issue. But it’s not entirely accurate that all senior citizens want
to retire to spend the day rocking on the back porch and taking long
naps. Human beings are by nature workers and doers and that need to be
productive and be a part of something bigger than yourself doesn’t go
away the day you stop working for a living.

This is why volunteering is such a great way for senior citizens to use
the time and talents they have to benefit others. And more and more,
nonprofit and community service organizations are finding a rich resource
of free and enthusiastic talent in the ranks of senior citizens. For the
senior citizen, the chance to volunteer for a cause gives them a chance
to feel important and useful. It provides human contact outside of their
age group which is often a frustration for seniors. While seniors love
being with those of their own generation, it’s just as important for them
to be with people the age of their kids, young people, teenagers and
children regularly. In addition volunteering gives seniors a chance to
invest themselves in something they believe strongly in and do so with a
greater depth of commitment than they ever could before they were

The opportunities for volunteering in the community are so diverse that
you can literally find a volunteering opportunity to fit any retirement
situation and any temperament type or area of interest. Here are a few
great volunteering ideas just to start the list.

.     If you have had a life of commitment to your church, there is
always a need for volunteers to work with ongoing projects there. Many
churches operate libraries, youth and family centers and schools who
thrive on volunteers to keep reaching out to the community with these
.     If you love the outdoors, the parks service may be able to use you
to help with upkeep projects on city lands. You can also help coordinate
charity events such as fun runs and marathons which will get you plenty
of fresh air and do good for others along the way.
.     The arts often use volunteers and you get to participate in great
artistic programs. Opportunities like ushering at plays or music events
at the local theater, serving at the admittance desk or conducting tours
at the museum or helping to build sets for the local theater group can be
great fun for an outgoing senior citizen.
.     For a senior citizen who is home bound or introverted, work can be
found stuffing envelopes, doing internet research or making phone calls
for charitable causes that can be done right from the comfort and safety
of their living room.
.     For the retired senior who is good with tools and loaded with
knowledge and talent about construction, habitat for humanity is an
outstanding and ongoing program that will use those skills to the
fullest. Missions programs from local churches also find great work for
talented seniors who want to help the less fortunate.
These are just the tip of the ice burg of the great ways senior citizens
can volunteer. Seniors are great volunteers because they are full of
life and energy but at the same time patient and skilled at managing
projects because of a lifetime of achievement. This is why volunteering
is a perfect match for the needs for seniors to get out and engage life.
And they make a real difference in important causes along the way.


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