Get Out and Give Back

by | Jun 10, 2015 | Retirement

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This is a great perspective to consider while entering retirement. It is common for retirees to discover that they have new found free time which they are not yet sure how to fulfill. After spending time with family, traveling, and relaxing, many look toward investing their time in volunteering and giving back to their community. There are a number of different options for varying physical levels and desired time commitment.


If animals have ever been of interest to you, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. Spend your hours caring for and interacting with cats, dogs, and other animals in the shelter. Feel satisfied knowing you are giving them a sense of comfort while they await a forever home. This job does not require too much physical activity and can be a great option for a retiree that does not have the ability to have a pet of their own.


Volunteering time at a food bank is a popular option for anyone looking to help the less fortunate of their community.  Hours tend to be very flexible and they do not require a minimum or weekly commitment. Usually jobs include sorting, packaging, and organizing food to be distributed to the public.


Spend time doing something you enjoy, while working toward finishing a project to donate. Crafting is a fun and easy way to pass your time without the trouble of even leaving your own home. Pick a cause or organization you would like to donate your work to. This will leave you proud of your effort in completing your project that you know will now be of good use.


Mentoring or tutoring the youth is a great way to stay connected to the community. Opportunities for in person, or online mentoring and tutoring are limitless, as the need for them is consistent. Working with children, being a role model, and teaching them how to become successful can leave you fulfilled that you are leaving a positive impact on the follow generations. Often times, seniors that tutor the youth find they learn from their mentees just as much as they are teaching them.


Don’t know where to get started, but know you are interested in giving back? Look into joining a volunteer club. Nationwide organizations like Kiwanis and Senior Corps have ample choices to help you get out and give back. They plan and organize activities in various communities with no trouble to you. Participate with other volunteers and build relationships around your common interest to give back.


No matter what you’re interested in, your physical ability, or your available time to commit, there is a great volunteering opportunity out there for you. It is a sure way to spend time in a meaningful way that will leave you fulfilled with your efforts to help the less fortunate!


We love hearing about people getting out and helping their community. Tell us all about your time spent giving back in the comments below!



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