Seniors Volunteering & Improving Our Communities

Seniors Volunteering & Improving Our Communities

Watching the news each evening, we can have no doubt that there are people in need throughout our communities every day, not just during natural disasters or catastrophic events.  There are many opportunities to help families, children, adults, and volunteer organizations. Many Medicare beneficiaries who have retired, shortened their working hours, or, perhaps have been disabled but find they have the ability to engage in some limited activities, have realized that volunteering is as beneficial to them personally as it is to those they are helping.

With the downturn of the economy, there has been a rise of families, institutions, and neighborhood facilities that are unable to function without the help of generous volunteers, and the senior population has emerged as a vital part of this effort. With so many different ways to help, Medicare beneficiaries have taken to various aspects of volunteerism.  Some volunteer in hospitals, bringing flowers and magazines to bed-ridden patients, while others choose to help serve food in local shelters. Others have combined their love of travel with helping others by visiting areas in need throughout the country.

Many individuals have special talents or skills that they share, whether it is volunteering in a classroom or building bookshelves for a local library.  Living an active lifestyle is essential to maintaining good health. Is there any better way to do that than by getting out of the house, socializing, and using your individual skills to make a difference in someone else’s life? Volunteering is more rewarding than you can even imagine, which is why so many members of our senior and disabled population participate in local or national volunteer organizations.  It is rewarding to know that your help is not just valued, but crucial to the success or survival of another person.

The act of volunteering provides a social outlet for someone who may miss the daily interaction of the working world.  Many Medicare beneficiaries are looking for ways to actively participate in their communities, have embraced the chance to actively assist and advocate for those who need it.

If you are interested in volunteering, there are organizations, institutions, and community centers that would appreciate any amount of help you could offer.  You can find opportunities by contacting local groups, or Senior Corps, which is one of the largest seniors programs and part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.