- Written by Pat Sicard, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley Volunteer Manager
- Published: 23 August 2019
After age 55, many of us are free from full time work obligations and family responsibilities so we might have more freedom now than we have ever experienced. Most of us are still in good health and have a desire to be productive and may be searching for a deeper meaning in life, and volunteering can become an important part of this process.
RSVP of the Pioneer Valley partners with 60 nonprofit agencies, and more than 600 volunteers. Our community has many needs, and the opportunities to help are numerous and varied. We can help you find a placement that speaks to you and brings you satisfaction. Begin a creative endeavor, pursue a never-realized dream, connect in a closer way to your community. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you don’t like it, we will work with you to find something else!
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you don’t like it, we will work with you to find something else!
When you volunteer, you are not only helping others but also helping yourself. For example, LifePath has a wait list of clients who are waiting for assistance from Money Management volunteers. Money Management volunteers get a great feeling when clients don’t have to worry about the lights being turned off, and one client said her Money Manager “walks on water and talks to God” because of the impact on her well being.
Volunteering helps to connect us with others and presents an opportunity to learn new skills and experience different viewpoints. LifePath offers Rides for Health, a volunteer based transportation program for State Home Care clients who have a critical unmet need for health care related transportation. The volunteers are trained to safely provide assistance with transfers and ambulation to the client, when needed, and provide social stimulation for isolated elders during the ride.
Also, Ombudsman volunteers can help nursing/rest home residents get better quality of care and enjoy better quality of life. Their weekly check-ins with residents can be a bright spot in both the resident's and the volunteer's day.