Volunteering as a Senior
How can I find volunteer opportunities for Seniors?
Luckily, there are many options available when it comes to volunteer opportunities. Pick an interest of yours, there is probably something out there for you. Do you love animals? Great! What about travel or new technology? Fantastic! There are activities out there for you, some of which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
- VolunteerMatch is a fantastic resource to find hundreds of opportunities available locally or on a national level. It covers the major cities in all 50 states, and you can choose opportunities in topics you’re interested in ranging from Arts and Culture to Health and Medicine. Just doing a quick search for all volunteer opportunities in the Portland, OR area came up with over 700 options!
- Finding local volunteer groups can be easy on Meetup. Simply search in your area for volunteer and/or simply social activities. Here you can find anything from park clean-ups to dog rescue groups, depending on what your area has to offer.
- Want a change of scenery? Websites like Volunteer International and Over 50 and Overseas can provide a plethora of opportunities globally. You can either pick your preferred destination of choice, or start with a topic of choice, such as “Environmental” on Over 50 and Overseas, or “Community Development” on Volunteer International.
- The Corporation for National and Community Service created special senior-only programs for those interested in projects for volunteers who are 55 and up, called Senior Corps. The focus here is on two programs they offer: Foster Grandparents allows volunteers to play a mentor role to children in need, and Senior Companions allows seniors to help seniors by way of providing friendship and assistance to those who may find it difficult to do daily tasks.
- Volunteering online is also an option for the homebodies out there. Who says you can’t do something positive in your pajamas? The UN needs all types of skillsets for online volunteers. Are you fluent in a non-English language? Do you love researching a variety of topics (like Regional Media Monitoring and Political Analysis)? Check out their website to see if you can find a good fit for you!
- Also, Idealist is another resource for finding both virtual and physical opportunities that aim to give back to communities in some capacity. This site also lists job opportunities for “people who want to do good” if you decide you’d like to try your hand at a positive part-time job.
The sky is the limit as to what you can do in terms of giving back to the global community as a volunteer. We’ve only scratched the surface of what is available out there. Regardless of where you live or what skills you have, someone somewhere would appreciate having you around.