Can Seniors Contribute to A Greater Good?

12-4-12shutterstock_76636684I just watched/listened to an interesting video with Mark Meckler, Tea Party founder as he discussed the Living Room Conversations where conservatives and progressives come together in small groups to discuss issues to find common ground.

It occurred to me this is such a wonderful opportunity for retirees. Maggie Kuhn, started the Gray Panthers in 1970 from a passion of human rights for elders. She saw important roles for seniors as mentors, mediators, monitors of public bodies, motivators and mobilizers. She wanted seniors and retirees to be out in the community, involved, engaged and contributing to the greater good. [Read more...]

Tips for Voluntary Community Service-Finding Your Passion

Voluntary Community Service-Saving the PlanetRecently, I wrote about how time affects people’s decision to volunteer. There are many other factors to think about before you make a commitment to be a retirement volunteer.

What do you feel passion about? What makes you rant and rave?  These are two great questions to ask yourself when you’re thinking of volunteering.  While you can just fill time, to truly make a difference, you should engage in an activity you feel is important. [Read more...]

Are Your Ready for the World Of Nonprofits After Retiring?

Volunteer for a nonprofit

In many ways, the organizational structure of a nonprofit is similar to a for profit business. According to Shelly Cryer, author of The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job that Makes a Difference, all nonprofits have a similar structure. (If you are serious about working for a nonprofit, this is the best book on the market.) [Read more...]

Retirement Volunteer with Spirituality

One of the best books about the role of elder in society is From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller. They write that elders are the ‘wisdom keepers’ maintaining society’s well-being and safeguard the health of the planet and all the inhabit it. It is the responsibility of elders to transmit a legacy to future generations. One of the ways to do this is to share their life experiences with others. [Read more...]

When Volunteering Doesn’t Meet Expectations

Have you ever volunteered to be on a project or part of a committee, only to find out some time later, you’re doing a disproportional bulk of the work? Many of us, who view ourselves as ‘good workers’ find ourselves in this situation. As a coach, I’ve talked to people who are reluctant to get involved in volunteering because they are afraid they’ll get saddled with more of the work. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities in Social Services

Social Services or human services have the goals to restore, protect, maintain and promote quality of life for those in need. This provides a huge opportunity to make a difference within families, communities and beyond. The ultimate goal of programs is to provide opportunities to help the disadvantaged become self-reliant and productive citizens. As a volunteer in retirement, people are involved providing hands-on support, as well as being an advocate or raising money for a particular group in need. Volunteers may also educate the public on the needs of a specific group. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities to Help the Environment

Prior to the Second World War, few people considered the necessity to conserve, protect and restore the natural resources of land, air and water. For baby boomers who grew up in a time of expanded environmental awareness, working on environmental issues is a worthy retirement goal. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities Enjoying Nature

In 1971, the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized. This allowed the national parks to utilize volunteers for the benefit of both the individual and the parks. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers contribute millions of hour yearly to ‘preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage.’ [Read more...]

How One Can Make a Difference With Projects

Recently, I was talking to a woman who commented she was reluctant to volunteer because she didn’t want to over commit. While retirement-age baby boomers volunteer in great numbers, many people are afraid to commit for fear of getting involved in something they can’t get out of or having too much to do. [Read more...]

Improved Health Benefits One Reason Why Volunteering is Good

There are a number of reasons why volunteering is good. Clearly, there is value to the recipient when volunteering. There are also rewards to the volunteer through improved health benefits.

A number of studies have answered why volunteering is good. It makes sense the greatest health benefit occurs in older adults over 60. In addition to greater life satisfaction, people who volunteer live longer, and have few health issues than people who don’t. There is also reduced depression for people who volunteer. [Read more...]