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10 Best Volunteer Activities in Retirement

Legal Advocate

Organizations of all kinds need legal representation, whether to advocate on behalf of the populations they serve or to represent the organizations themselves in contract negotiations and other civil or business matters [source: International Senior Lawyers Project].

Legal volunteers may be called upon to advocate for foster children, defend the rights of minorities and represent battered spouses in domestic abuse cases. Volunteer attorneys also work on behalf of environmental organizations, public lands trusts, animal rights groups, and even governments of developing nations striving to advance human rights and economic development [source: International Senior Lawyers Project]. Retirees with legal backgrounds also bring valuable skills and experience to their roles in administrative offices and on the boards of directors of non-profit organizations.