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RSVP: You’re Invited to Volunteer

Retirement isn’t for everyone - a look at reentering the job market

If you can afford to retire, being a volunteer instead of an employee offers the challenge, structure, and social connection that a job provides. A 2018 article on stated, “People who retire from a career but have regular volunteer support placements… are enjoying decreases in anxiety, depression, loneliness, and social isolation, as well as enhanced physical capacity and higher life satisfaction.”

However, today, about 30 percent of adults who reach retirement age continue to work or retire and then return to paid employment. Whether it is due to inadequate financial planning or other factors, seniors may soon become the fastest growing population of job seekers. In July 2017, Bloomberg News featured an article by Ben Steverman, “Working Past 70: Americans Can’t Seem to Retire,” which stated that “US seniors are employed at the highest rates in 55 years.”

With a growing number of adults choosing to work beyond retirement age, organizations and websites geared to help seniors are growing rapidly. Don’t forget that volunteering can prepare retirees to reenter the job market.

Some search sites for employment and volunteering are:

  • AARP Foundation’s Back to Work 50+: for a free copy of the 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers guide, call toll-free 1-855-850-2525
  • AARP Job Board: Find help with job searches, resume writing, interviewing skills, and more
  • EARN, Northampton Senior Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Job search engines:,,,, and
  • Massachusetts Department of Labor
  • Veterans Employment and Trainings Services (VETS)
  • Recruitment and staffing agencies offer temporary positions with on-the-job experience and may help with interview skills and computer skills
  • Volunteering: RSVP of the Pioneer Valley and VolunteerMatch

Whether you retire or continue to work, keep active and engaged for your health and well-being.