Volunteering can have surprising benefits and provide you with significant insight into you as a person. You can make new friends, uncover hidden talents or skills, and even develop marketable job skills. There is no shortage of opportunities out there; many organizations would benefit from your time.
What Is Senior Corps?
One such organization is Senior Corps. Senior Corps is an organization of volunteers who are 55 or older who come together to make a difference in the lives of others. Currently, more than 500,000 people are sharing their knowledge, skills and time with others though Senior Corps.
How Does It Work?
Senior Corps programs benefit both the communities and organizations they serve, as well as the volunteer. They offer three national programs-The Foster Grandparent Program, The Senior Companion Program, and RSVP. All three of these offer unique opportunities to take advantage of your skills and experience.
What Can I Do?
Senior Corps volunteers work closely with a local project director who helps them find local opportunities that best match their skills and interests. The Foster Grandparent Program offers volunteers the opportunity to be a role model and mentor to children who need guidance at a critical time in their lives. In the Senior Companion Program, your time and assistance can make the difference between an older adult having to be placed in an assisted living facility instead of being able to enjoy remaining in their own home. The RSVP program offers a wide range of various volunteer opportunities, allowing you to choose the amount of time you want to give as well as choosing whether you want to use your existing skills or develop new ones.
Volunteering is not just a way to give back. It can enrich your life as well, by leading to new discoveries, new friends, and helping you enjoy a positive outlook on life.