5 Active Ways for Baby Boomers to Volunteer

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Are you a Baby Boomer looking for a way to give back to your community? If so, there's a volunteer opportunity waiting where you can share your skills and experience -- and have fun doing it! Whether you enjoy fixing things, coaching a sport or simply sharing a smile with someone in need, your talents and time are in demand.

Baby Boomers -- the generation of 77 million Americans born between 1944 and 1964 -- are coming out in record numbers to volunteer. This group represents a boost to the volunteer world, not only because of its size, but because of the member's high levels of education, wealth and skills. According to the U.S. Census, the number of volunteers 65 and older will increase by 50 percent over the next 13 years, from fewer than 9 million in 2007 to more than 13 million in 2020. That number will continue to rise, as the youngest Boomers will not reach age 65 until 2029 [source: Corporation for National & Community Service].

So, if you have some free time and you'd like to make a meaningful difference in the world around you, take a look at these five active volunteer opportunities.