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10 Best Volunteer Activities in Retirement


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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work alongside those qualified to buy a Habitat home.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work alongside those qualified to buy a Habitat home.
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Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and repairs simple, affordable housing with (not for!) people who need shelter. Habitat volunteers work side by side with those who have qualified to buy a Habitat for Humanity home, helping to build not only houses, but also a sense of pride and community for the new homeowners and their neighborhood [source: Habitat for Humanity]. While Habitat describes itself as a nondenominational Christian ministry, both its volunteers and the families it helps come from all backgrounds and faiths across North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia [source: Habitat for Humanity].

Many retired and semi-retired volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity on build sites, in disaster relief zones and in affiliate offices. Retirees account for most of the 6,000 registered "RV Care-A-Vanners," a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers who drive their own RVs to participate in homebuilding projects throughout the United States. RV Care-A-Vanners pay their own way, but in many cases the travel expenses related to their service are tax deductible [source: Habitat for Humanity].

In areas without a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, church groups and local community organizations such as Good Works Inc. welcome the assistance of retired volunteers who help perform necessary repairs for low-income homeowners [source: Good Works].


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