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5 Active Ways for Baby Boomers to Volunteer


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Volunteer at a Hospital
Hospital volunteers provide a lot more than time -- they spread happiness throughout a typically austere place.
Hospital volunteers provide a lot more than time -- they spread happiness throughout a typically austere place.
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Volunteering at a hospital is a great way to give back to the community and help others feel better at the same time. The only special skills needed are an outgoing, friendly attitude and good mobility. Opportunities abound in customer service, patient and family support, and community outreach. You might be able help nurses care for babies, take photos of newborns, work in the gift shop, deliver flowers and balloons, bring cheer to patients and their families, or answer questions at the information desk.

Special talents or hobbies are also welcome in many hospitals. Volunteer musicians often play in the hospital lobby or waiting rooms. Some hospitals offer baking programs where volunteers bake and share yummy homemade cookies with patients and their families, or quilting and knitting programs where talented volunteers offer comfort with handmade baby blankets or lap blankets. If computers are your specialty, you might be able to help out with data entry or assisting guests with wireless services.

Contact your local hospital to discover the opportunities to volunteer in your area.


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