Volunteering provides seniors with a practical means of giving back to their community after retirement. Many communities value the input that seniors have to offer in sharing their time and gifts with those who are less fortunate. There are numerous ways seniors can volunteer to strengthen their local community. Here are just a few.
Foster Grandparent/Big Brother or Big Sister Programs
Through the Foster Grandparent and Big Brother/Sister programs, seniors can help children and youth in need of a grandparent or big brother/sister figure in their lives. As a retired senior volunteer, you could share life lessons with troubled youth, help children and teens with academic studies or provide love and support to kids from broken families. Your help could be just what these children and teens need to overcome difficulties in their lives and move forward. At the same time, you can learn much from your young charges. Volunteering is an experience that can help bridge the generation gap between younger and older generations as both learn how to love, respect and appreciate what each has to offer.
Library Reading Program
Many libraries accept volunteers to help with their reading programs. Library reading programs give seniors an opportunity to share their love of reading with children and teens and help them hone their reading skills. Reading is such a valuable skill in today’s world. Your input could help young people overcome disabilities that are holding them back from being avid readers.
Visiting patients in hospitals is yet another way seniors can give back to their communities. With the help of fellow residents at Beverly Hills Carmel, you could organize fun activities (birthday parties, clown shows, magic shows, etc.) in children’s hospitals to bring joy to kids suffering from long-term illnesses.
Most cities have senior centers where seniors can volunteer to cook and serve meals, organize activities or provide companionship to seniors without families. Many seniors suffer from loneliness and depression due to having no one to share their lives with. Your friendship and companionship can brighten a senior’s life and give them something to live for. At the same time, you’ll gain satisfaction and purpose in your retirement.
When volunteering, look for programs that fit your schedule, skills and personal interests. You’re more likely to stick to a program you enjoy and have talents for. You can always start small by focusing on projects you can do while living at Beverly Hills Carmel. From there, you can determine how you want volunteering to fit into your retirement lifestyle.
At Beverly Hills Carmel, we encourage our residents to give their time and talents to help their local community. Our independent retirement communities provide seniors with the perfect backdrop for volunteering. To learn more about our upscale assisted living and independent retirement communities, call us at 310-278-9720 today.