Across the US, Baby Boomers are starting to retire, and their new lifestyle provides the perfect opportunity to give back. Skills-based volunteering for retirees has many benefits, both for the volunteer and the community.
Reasons to Volunteer during Retirement
Recent years have seen a massive growth in the number of retirees volunteering, and for good reason. From keeping fit and healthy to making new friends, retirement is a great time to serve the community.
Socialization. Many Baby Boomers find that retirement can be lonely. Many of their friends may still be working, or busy traveling or caring for their grandchildren. Volunteering is a very social activity where people of all ages can make new friends and have fun together.
Mental Health. After years of working and thinking hard to accomplish tasks in the workforce, retirees suddenly find that their minds have much less to do. This can be a serious problem, especially since brain health is so important. Studies show a lack of mental activity can accelerate mental decline in old age. Volunteering is the perfect way to keep the mind sharp and healthy.
Fulfillment. Recent research shows volunteers feel happier and less stressed than their peers. Volunteers can truly see the difference they make, and that gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives.
Community support. Skills-based volunteering in retirement doesn’t just help retirees, it helps the community. Nonprofits often struggle to fill roles that require certain skills, such as managerial roles or legal advice. Retirees have these valuable skills and experience, and the help they offer fill these gaps.
Retirees who choose to volunteer in a role in which they have many years of experience live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Their generosity makes the community a better place, and inspires future generations to give back.