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Volunteering helps to fulfill old dreams and find new ones

Senior couple using a computerLife after retirement is a time to let go of old roles that no longer fit us, seek out new experiences, and find a renewal of purpose. Volunteering can help you to accomplish these goals.

As a young person, did you love music and art, but pursue a career that you thought was more practical? Perform with a community chorus or orchestra at fundraising concerts, or teach a painting class at your local senior center.

Did you like to play store when you were little? Try volunteering at a thrift store or hospital gift shop.

Or maybe playing school was your favorite pastime? Spend some time helping out in a classroom.

Did you enjoy playing card and board games? Set up weekly visits with a nursing home resident who also likes to play games.

Did you enjoy building things? Help out with a Habitat for Humanity project.

Do you love parties? Help organize and plan special events for a local nonprofit.

Do you like to organize? Join an advisory board or help seniors pay their monthly bills.

Do you love to read? Volunteer to broadcast and record for those with visual impairments.

“Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you don’t like it, you can try something else!”

The possibilities are endless, because the world has many needs. The opportunities to help are as varied and individual as we are. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you don’t like it, you can try something else!

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley will take the time to get to know you. We will match you with opportunities that will help others and enrich your life. We will make your volunteer dreams come true!

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