Working as a volunteer offers clear benefits: A chance to work in a field you’ve always been interested in, and an opportunity to make a difference in the world.
Volunteer for a better life
At long last you can share your knowledge and skills with others without the normal pressures felt in the world of work. That is not to say that you won’t have deadlines but, for the most part, you’ll get to set the boundaries (days and hours you’re willing to work) and then match them up with organizations that will be delighted to have you on board.
Think about what you’re interested in and the skills you have that would be an asset to the organization you wish to join. Then consider just how much time you are willing to devote. Be realistic about the hours you can give. This is an important decision because once you make a commitment other people will be counting on you.
Here are links to some resources that you can use:
- idealist.org: A searchable database of organizations and the information and opportunities -- thousands of volunteer listings around the U.S.
- Senior Corps: A volunteer program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- VolunteerMatch: “...offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.”
- Volunteering In America: A Corporation for National & Community Service
For articles and more suggestions check out AARP:
“…a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives.”