Especially for our seniors, having an active role in the community can add purpose and meaning while building new and lasting friendships. Best of all, community involvement builds stronger and healthier communities! Here are some activities that are great for any age or ability.
• Reach out to your local park and see if they have a volunteer program for maintaining its property. If not, start one! You and some friends can plant flowers, trim shrubs and clean up the park. Do whatever you are able!
• Reach out to any local charity and they will likely tell you that they need help keeping up with all their thank you notes to donors! It’s far more meaningful to get a handwritten note, but it also takes more time. Volunteer to tackle their donor list with thank you notes.
• Contact your local library to ask if they have children’s programs. They just might be in need of someone to lead one of these programs, or volunteer to read books and assist with crafts.
• Volunteer a day or so per week at your local soup kitchen, animal shelter or homeless shelter. Your helping hands will be much appreciated and will definitely benefit others.
• If you have a knack for knitting or sewing, consider using these talents to make blankets or hats for newborn babies. Many hospitals have programs for underserved mothers and babies to help provide them with the essentials.
• Contribute to a bake sale, or host your own! Choose a cause you care about and use the proceeds to benefit this cause. You will have fun baking and sampling your treats with friends and family.
• Another area where volunteers are always needed is at local churches. Cleaning, decorating, data entry, preparing the weekly programs and more will greatly help the church serve more people in the community!
• If you are living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CRCC), most communities provides a lot of volunteer opportunities from which you may choose. A few examples include serving on any of the various committees (Resident Council, Entertainment, Gardening), assisting at the front desk, teaching classes, helping other residents or escorting residents to doctors’ visits. Best of all, by volunteering within your own CRCC, you will make the community a better place for everyone who lives there – including you!