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Seniors and Volunteerism



For many older people , volunteerism can provide a critical outlet for rejoining the community, acquiring confidence and moving forward . Many senior citizens need to feel the worth of making a difference in their lives and other's lives and this can be accomplished through volunteerism.

How do you find volunteer work? Narrow your focus to the area of volunteer work that would interest you, whether it's working with children or the elderly, or working with computers. Yes, seniors, you can work with computers. The local libraries have many resources for free computer training and it's offered at various times throughout the year. Then, you should contact a volunteer agency or a place that you might want to volunteer. If you are uncomfortable doing this on your own, recruit a friend or family member to help you. Next, assess whether it's a good fit. If both parties are interested, there will likely be an interview process. It is important for the volunteer to determine their comfort level with their prospective "employer" and the work setting. Then lastly, try the job on for size. There is no substitute for time spent on the job in assessing whether it's the right one. As with any other job you need to determine if it's the right place for you. But if it doesn't work out, it's not a failure-it just means it wasn't a good fit. There are plenty of other roles out there.

The benefits of volunteering are manifold. Working anywhere is a good way to acquire new skills, and the benefits are limitless. You are gaining new skills and meeting new people. Of all of the benefits, however, the most commonly reported is an increased sense of self-worth. Having the feeling of good self worth is one of the components of having good mental health. You can be on the giving end instead of the receiving end and that is an empowering feeling.

So, if you are in need of doing something for someone and having the feeling of being useful in your later years of life, by all means begin the search for the volunteerism job for you!! There are 20 agencies of the United Way who are always looking for those individuals who can give a little back to their community as well as the many churches in the community and the local hospital who are always looking for help with their programs. Step right up........make a difference in your life and other's lives!


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Laura Stahl
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Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
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