In retirement the dream is to take care of our parents financially, spend more time with grandchildren, and to have lots more time with siblings, friends, and our hobbies. And of course we choose to volunteer many hours to worthy organizations. This article hopes to help you serve your community in a satisfying way, when you choose to Retire in Williamsburg.
Typically, when it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements, but the key to creating satisfaction in a volunteer position is to put your talents and professional skills to use. Let’s look at HOW you could serve others:
- Take your neighbor to the market.
- Mow all the lawns in the neighborhood.
- Serve food to the homeless at the shelter.
- Help out at the thrift store.
More than half of all volunteers collect, distribute or serve food – certainly serving the less fortunate has many feel-good effects. But, let’s say that before you retired, you were an executive, a decorated officer, worked on Wall Street, owned several small businesses, dealt in investment real estate, or were a web developer. How would these skills translate to pro-bono volunteering, in skill-Based Volunteering:
- Help retiring military personnel revamp their resume for the private sector.
- Help someone download virus protection or back up photos.
- Teach other seniors how to use MS Word or MS Excel.
- Counsel substance abusers at the homeless shelter.
- Teach money management to young couples in serious credit-card debt.
Choose to use your career skills, because skill-based volunteering provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry the next generation into success and even entrepreneurship. Volunteers are often the figurative glue that holds a community together and if the right people are volunteering, the system works smoother, more is done, and more of an impact is made on the community – making your city a better place to live. Realize that as a retiree, you have the kind of life experience that can DO more, so give more of your education and life experience to change the direction of the next generation!
Here are a couple of links to help you find volunteer opportunities, in Williamsburg, Virginia
Lastly, if you have just moved into your retirement city, volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends, broaden your support network, and expose you to neighborhood resources and activities. Invest time in the ‘where’ of your retirement (obviously, I hope you’ll choose to Retire in Williamsburg, Virginia!), but spend just as much time in researching your pro-bono work and community service to figure out the best place to volunteer and serve, in your new community.
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