Are There A Lot Of Volunteer Opportunities For Seniors?

For those that are 55 and older volunteering is a great way to provide service to others, while keeping you young. There are over 26 million senior volunteers. Through volunteering, they give over 5.6 billion hours of their time. That’s impressive. Many older adults desire activity. They are mature and have many skills to offer to those in the community. Their services can range from business mentoring, to a health aid. There are many opportunities to provide service to others. And there are many organizations to help fit the senior with the perfect program.

Common Volunteering Opportunities

Whether it is a charity or a local business, a senior citizen can make a difference. There are many areas activities that can utilize their services and skills. The average volunteer gives 4.4 hours of their time every week. It is common to find volunteers in hospital settings. Many hospitals will have senior “ambassadors” greeting patients and visitors. They are a great asset to have as clerical assistants. You may also find seniors working in the gift shop, or delivering flowers and newspapers to patients. There are even retired physicians and nurses that provide medical services to the community. Another popular location is at the voting booths. Churches and charities are always looking for a helping hand. Mentoring is also a great way to share knowledge and skills with others.

How to Find That Perfect Opportunity

A senior may wonder if there are a lot of volunteering opportunities. There are and all they have to do is ask. There are also organizations help seniors find a volunteer position. Examples of these organizations include the Senior Corps, AARP, and Volunteering makes a difference, for both the senior and those that they serve.

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One Response to “Are There A Lot Of Volunteer Opportunities For Seniors?”

  1. Krishna says:

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    About Us Welcome Hello from our Nepal orphanage! ‘The Innocent Children’s Home’ is a non for profit orphanage that requires the help of volunteers to provide the love and support that is necessity in the development of every child’s life. Your valued help is essential to ensure this orphanage provides the proper development that these children deserve, not to mention to reach the high goals that our organisation has set. Our orphanage is situate in Pokhara, Nepal. It is built to service and house displaced children from remote farming villages that surround this picturesque area. We have many children on our waiting list trying to join our organisation, which we want to provide, however we need you, the valued volunteer to support our organisation and help make this and possible. Our Mission To provide displaced children with a caring, loving home where they can grow, live and learn towards a brighter future. Our Vision To expand our organisation in order to provide more orphaned children with a loving home. To educate our children through the generous time of volunteers from a broad range of cultures. Our Children We have a total of Ten displaced children ranging form 4-12 years of age and are expecting two more in the coming week. They all come from very varied and distressing backgrounds, but their needs are all the same; love, care and schooling. Our orphans have mainly come from the surrounding areas of the picturesque Pokhara. Although rich in natural beauty with the Himalayas lingering, the area provides many dangers which has led to the children needing the support of our orphanage. One example, is a brother and sister aged 4 and 5 years. Their mother passed away as a result of cancer and their father died from falling form a tree in search of forage for livestock in the dryer months. The children were left to their extremely poor grandparents who could not afford to upkeep two young children at their tender age. A second example is one of the older boys who’s parents died as a result of a car accident. He and sister were left to their uncle who again could not afford the upkeep of two more children on top of his own. Therefore, the boy had to leave and fend for himself on the streets of Pokhara at the age of ten until the orphanage was opened two years later. Our youngsters (4-7 years old) do not currently attend school, but they are intent on taking as much away from our infrequent stream of volunteers as they can. We have a small ‘class room’ at our orphanage where the children have daily lessons provided by our volunteers and occasionally by local residents of our area. Although this is proving to be very stimulating for the children, they are in desperate need for further funding to be privileged enough to attend school for further development both personally and intellectually. Our older boys (11-12) who have all come from the street are now lucky enough to be able to attend school. They are really excelling in the stable environment of our home and school and their studies and behaviour have really shone as the school year has progressed.   Volunteer with Us As our children are here mainly due to distressing circumstances, we need loving, caring and compassionate people to volunteer in our children’s home. To become accustomed to the Nepalese culture, we are offering our volunteers the opportunity of a true Nepal farm stay in a remote village in an area where majority of our displaced children call ‘home’. This will enable you to understand and better relate to our children and therefore be of more benefit to their needs. Not to mention a fantastic opportunity to meet real Nepalese people in their surroundings in areas that are off the tourist trail as well as accessible only by foot. After this orientation into the Nepali lifestyle, you will be accommodated in a private room in the orphanage for the duration of your stay. Please teach our children English, math, games, personal hygiene, drawing, painting, music and many more skills. Location Our home is in a quite location, 20 minutes walk from the popular “Lakeside” district of Pokhara. Easily assessable from Kathmandu by bus, or 5 minute taxi ride from the Pokhara airport. From our garden the magnificent Machapurchata and surrounding Himalaya’s are clearly visible. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annurpuna region of the Himalayas, providing a wide range of trekking adventures. Pokhara is also well renowned for adrenalin sports, from white water rafting to paragliding. Pokhara offers a full range of services, including excellent restaurants, café’s and shopping on the Fewa Lake. The Love Company

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