I have written about my prison ministry volunteer activities several times and how important it is to my satisfying retirement. The response is usually strongly positive, but often comes with lingering questions from those who leave comments: what can I do? I'd love to volunteer but I don't know where to begin.
USA Today had an article last week on Baby Boomers needed to volunteer more often as nonprofit organizations feel the pinch of less government and private support. Again though the question arises, what am I qualified to do? Where do I find out who needs me?
I Need You
Rather than run through some basic steps you can take, I thought it would make sense to turn to the experts: readers. I know many of the folks who visit this blog are active volunteers in all sorts of ways. So, I would deeply appreciate you responding in the comment section below with answers to any of these questions (if they apply to your volunteer situation):
1. What volunteer work do you do?
2. How did you decide this was a good fit?
3. Did try a few different things before you found one that fit you?
4. Have there been any drawbacks?
Like everyone else, I am very interested in learning about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities that exist for us. I bet there will be things I have never thought of that would be a tremendous way to give back to my community while feeling good about myself.
So, please, anything you do to help....let us know. Teaching Sunday school, walking a neighbor's dog because she can't, school crossing guard......it doesn't have to be as dramatic as working with prison inmates, but it might be! Our society has more needs than we have volunteers.
Do you know someone who is an inspiration in this area but he or she doesn't normally read this blog? Could I ask you a favor: would you ask them to come over this one time and tell us about what they do?
Let's build a list of your ways to give back and inspire someone to put a spark into their satisfying retirement.