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Congratulations, You've Retired! What's Next?

Woman SmilingOnce they have finished working full time, many retirees find themselves asking, “What’s next?” As more than 11,000 Americans each day are reaching their 65th birthday, and life expectancy has grown by 32 years since 1900, retirees have become an increasing social presence and an increasingly important societal resource.

If you feel bored or restless in retirement and are looking for ways to make a difference in your life and in your community, you are not alone! Also, you are probably on the right track, since research shows that an active, purpose-driven life is closely related to health, happiness, and longevity.
Volunteering can give continued purpose in life after retirement. As an older volunteer, you have a lot to offer: experience in life and work; a proven ability to solve problems; a more flexible schedule; and better judgement, emotional control, and stability.

RSVP values what is special about our approximately 650 volunteers, all of whom are 55 years of age or older. We value all of the strength and resilience that you bring to the table, and so do our 64 full site partner agencies and the dozens of additional nonprofit agencies with whom we have more informal relationships. All of them are looking for someone like you!

When you are ready to answer the call, residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties should contact Pat Sicard at 413-387-4558, ext. 1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Residents of Hampden County should contact Ginger Elliott at 413-387-4558, ext. 5, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.