About a week ago the Satisfying Retirement post about Retirement Volunteerism produced a tremendous response, as well as an excellent primer on volunteer opportunities for us all, retired or not. The range of ideas and suggestions was so good that it prompted this follow up post. I have taken the ways you have found to serve others and listed them below. Where appropriate I have added a link if you'd like more information.
*Volunteer Match: Find opportunities in your area
*Reading services for the visually impaired: Master List for every state
*Master Gardener: Information and state programs
*Friends of the library: National organization
*Church volunteering: teacher, prepare meals, crafts for others
*Tutor/Mentor young people (search: tutor mentor youngsters [your state])
*Volunteer at local art center - theaters - Botanical gardens - zoos
*Be a Camp Host/Volunteer: National organization
*Gather medical surplus for less fortunate: Medical Bridges organization
*Meals on Wheels: National organization
*Pilot Clubs: National Web site
*Scout Leader: Boy Scouts Girl Scouts
*No-kill animal shelters: National organization
*Making quilts and blankets for others
*Edwards Center: http://www.edwardscenter.org/
*After school & summer school programs
*Vacation Bible school programs
*Volunteer Tax Aide: AARP Program
*Teaching English as second language: list of resources and links
*Imprinting Braille Bibles: Story of church workers imprinting Braille Bibles
*Habitat for Humanity: National Web Site
*Serving Communion to shut-ins
*Prison Ministry: Along Side Ministries of AZ Prison Fellowship
*National Audubon Society: National web site
* Volunteering to help veterans: Dept. Veterans Affairs volunteer page
* Softcare for Foster and Kinship Care (Australia- based)
Please feel free to add any additional ideas or ways you have found to serve others. I will update this list on a regular basis. Thank you so much for providing a tremendous stimulus for all of us to find ways to share a bit of ourselves to make our world and local community just a little bit better.
Note: This list will become a permanent resource on satisfying retirement. It will become a link on the sidebar for your use at any time in the future.
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