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How Retired Senior Volunteer Programs Work

Retired and restless? You could put your life and professional experience to work volunteering.
Retired and restless? You could put your life and professional experience to work volunteering.
© F. Young

You had a great working career, with lots of exciting challenges. Now you've retired and you're ready to enjoy your leisure time. There's only one problem -- you have a little too much leisure time.

If you're finding your retirement schedule a bit too empty for your liking, you may want to consider becoming a volunteer. Volunteering can help you give back to your community while filling your leisure time with rewarding experiences. Participating in a senior-specific program like the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) can be enjoyable because it is geared toward likeminded individuals at similar stages in their lives.

RSVP doesn't have many restrictions. As long as volunteers are 55 or older, there are a variety of opportunities and time commitments available to participants. You've earned your retirement, so you should be able to enjoy a balance of helping others and leaving time for yourself.

Whether you are interested in distributing food or tutoring children, there are many different experiences waiting for willing volunteers. Are you well versed in a particular area of business? Serve as a volunteer consultant. Love your local landmarks or your area's aquarium? Become a volunteer guide. Maybe you're interested in keeping up with your grandchildren across the country. Serving as a clerical volunteer may give you the opportunity to keep up with the latest technology to e-mail or chat with them no matter how far away you might be. Not only do these volunteer programs help others, but they can help volunteers as well.

This article will discuss the safety and benefits of RSVP. Interested in the opportunity to spend your leisure years doing something exciting and rewarding? Begin by learning how you can stay safe when volunteering through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.