From New York to California and many states in between, libraries have been hit hard by local economic problems. The good news is that retirees looking for volunteering opportunities can give back by hitting the books. Underfunded libraries are teeming with volunteer opportunities, including reading, writing and instruction in English as a second language.
Retirees and other volunteers at the Fort Worth Library system in Fort Worth, Texas, work as greeters, youth program aides and genealogy clerks. In return for their service, library volunteers receive training and the opportunity to meet people who share a love of books, not to mention the satisfaction of helping to develop passion for reading among youngsters.
Literature lovers can also reach out to their community from beyond the library doors. The Corporation for National and Community Service suggests that wordsmiths spread their passion for books by organizing book drives for schoolchildren in need and deployed soldiers.
Check out the links below for more information about having an active lifestyle after retirement.
More Great Links
- AARP. "Fun Ways to Give Back." June 2009. (May 8, 2011)http://www.aarp.org/giving-back/volunteering/info-07-2009/fun_ways_to_make_a_difference.html
- American Library Association. "The 2011 State of America's Libraries Report." (May 8, 2011)http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries2011/ALA_print_layout_1_628959_628959.cfm
- Corporation for National and Community Service. "Education: Starting a Book Distribution Team." (May 8, 2011)http://www.serve.gov/toolkits/book-drive/four.asp
- Corporation for National and Community Service. "HHS and National Service Team Up to Increase Volunteering Among Baby Boomers and Older Americans." June 1, 2008. (May 8, 2011)http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/newsroom/releases_detail.asp?tbl_pr_id=1081
- Corporation for National and Community Service. "National Service and Mentoring." February 2011. (May 8, 2011)http://www.seniorcorps.gov/pdf/11_01_31mentoring_issue_brief_hr.pdf
- Corporation for National and Community Service. "United We Serve Marks Education Week." July 29, 2009. (May 8, 2011)http://www.getinvolved.gov/newsroom/releases/releases_detail.asp?tbl_pr_id=1428
- National Park Service. "America The Beautiful - National Parks And Federal Recreational Lands Pass." (May 8, 2011)http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm
- National Park Service. "Artist-in-Residence." (May 8, 2011)http://www.nps.gov/archive/volunteer/air.htm
- National Park Service. "Frequently Asked Questions." (May 8, 2011)http://www.nps.gov/faqs.htm
- Peace Corps. "50 + Volunteers." (May 8, 2011)http://www.peacecorps.gov/50plus
- Peace Corps. "Fast Facts." Oct. 28, 2010. (May 8, 2011)http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=about.fastfacts
- Peace Corps. "Peace Corps Today." Dec. 14, 2009 (May 8, 2011)http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=about.pctoday
- Senior Corps. "Fact Sheet." June 2006. (May 8, 2011)http://www.seniorcorps.gov/about/media_kit/factsheet_seniorcorps.pdf
- U.S. Administration on Aging. "Civic Engagement Initiative." April 12, 2011. (May 8, 2011)http://aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Special_Projects/Civic_Engagement/index.aspx#older
- U.S. Census Bureau. "2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates." (May 8, 2011)http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-ds_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_&-_>
- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Volunteers by selected characteristics, September 2010." Jan. 26, 2011. (May 8, 2011)http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.t01.htm
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