- Written by Pat Sicard, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley Volunteer Manager
- Published: 15 November 2019
Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging and importance, especially after retirement. Losing the connection to meaningful work and valued co-workers can be discouraging, but volunteering often fills that need to make a difference. Whether you would like to share your skills and experience to benefit local nonprofits, wish to make new friends, want to practice skills in preparation for re-entering the job market, or seek to help an organization that has helped you, volunteering is your ticket to post-retirement fulfillment.
With a few hours weekly or monthly, you can give assistance that will have a powerful impact on the wellbeing of your community’s most senior residents. Helping to prepare or deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound elders is one of the most important volunteer supports in every community. Elders who cannot prepare a hot meal for themselves depend on the meals drivers to bring sustaining food with a smile. This delivery also serves as a wellness check that can alert caregivers when a senior is having difficulties of any type. Meals drivers decrease loneliness, increase health and wellbeing, and always know that their volunteer efforts make a definite difference in the lives of their clients.
With a few hours weekly or monthly, you can give assistance that will have a powerful impact on the wellbeing of your community’s most senior residents.
Some other volunteer assignments that support seniors are money management volunteers who help elders pay their bills, long-term care ombudsman volunteers who visit seniors in nursing homes, and Med-Ride drivers who take seniors to medical appointments. RSVP of the Pioneer Valley can offer many volunteer options, you make the choice that fits you best, and we facilitate the match. Challenge your interests and skills and make a difference.