Seniors can make a difference! Now more than ever, energetic Senior Citizens are needed to share their wisdom, knowledge and abilities with others. By engaging in volunteerism, Seniors can make a great difference in their communities.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Volunteering can be a satisfying way for Seniors to share their wisdom with others. Seniors have spent their whole lives honing and cultivating certain skills and talents. Why not share this wisdom with others?!
- Volunteering can provide opportunities to interact with individuals of different cultures, religions, races, ages and socioeconomic status. Volunteering can widen worldviews, give support to marginalized individuals/groups and provide a greater understanding of issues.
- Volunteering bridges the gap between the older and younger generations. The old and young can learn from each other. While the young can teach things like technology skills to older adults, older adults can teach important life lessons that come with experience and wisdom.
- Volunteering can help Seniors stay physically active. It can also help improve chronic conditions! According to research for The Home Instead Senior Care Network, volunteering can help many seniors manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes and dementia.
- Volunteering can help Seniors stay intellectually stimulated. Volunteering means being immersed in different settings, interacting with different people and oftentimes learning new skills.
- Volunteering can provide a way to engage in the community and help Seniors stay socially active.
- Volunteering can be extremely gratifying. It feels good to be part of something that has a positive impact on a given community or individual.
- Volunteering can create a renewed sense of purpose. Volunteering is a great way for Seniors to acknowledge that their contributions matter!
- Volunteering can be fun! When a Senior finds a volunteer opportunity they love and feel passionate about, life becomes that much more enjoyable and sweeter.
- Volunteering can be flexible. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at different times and days to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Not sure where to volunteer?
The Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is the nation’s largest Senior volunteer network. Over 270,000 Senior Americans participate in Senior Corps Programs. Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Senior Corps Programs place Seniors ages 55 and over with community organizations, religious institutions, schools, non-profits and individuals that need them most. Seniors choose how and where they want to contribute based on their interests and passions.
This might include becoming a Foster Grandparent. Under this program, Senior Volunteers may help tutor children, provide mentorship for troubled teens and young mothers, help care for neglected or abused children, work with children who have disabilities or care for premature babies.
The Senior Companion Program provides friendship and assistance to adults who need help with daily living tasks such as running errands, paying bills, and those who could just use a friendly visit!
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides a plethora of opportunities to become involved in the community. Examples include helping in a local food pantry, taking care of abandoned animals, teaching English to immigrants, volunteering for an Art Event, and much more!
Senior Citizens are fully supported at Senior Corps through pre-service orientation, training and guidance. This allows Senior Volunteers to know what to expect and make sure their talents and availability are best matched with their specific volunteering opportunity.
To search for volunteer opportunities, go to the website below and type in the given information on the left side, under “Get Involved.” Seniors can search by their interests, zip code and state.
At Spring Mill, we love to connect our Senior Citizens with meaningful volunteer opportunities. We provide our Senior Citizens with safe and reliable transportation to get them out and about in the community. Come visit us today at Spring Mill, and find out how we can support you to live your best life today.