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Volunteers Enrich Lives

Volunteering is a way to give back to others, keep active, make new friends, and have new learning experiences. There are many opportunities to volunteer, either within a retirement community, or through programs outside the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

Opportunities to Volunteer Within the CCRC

Residents may volunteer to help in a variety of ways within the CCRC, including:

  • Serving on committees (Resident Council, Travel, Entertainment, for example)
  • Assisting at the front desk
  • Assisting with, or teaching, classes
  • Working in the library
  • Working in the gift shop or general store
  • Helping other residents, for example:
    • Seating nursing home residents for meals
    • Reading to sight-impaired residents
    • Being a friendly visitor
    • Escorting others to doctors' visits

Volunteering Outside the CCRC

Many CCRC residents continue the volunteer activities they were involved with prior to entering the community. However, if a resident wants to become a community volunteer for the first time, or wishes to explore new volunteer opportunities, there are many choices available. Good places to find out about community volunteer opportunities include:

  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which is part of AmeriCorps, provides opportunities for persons 55 and over to make a difference in the community. RSVP volunteers serve in senior centers, schools, adult and child day centers, hospitals and many other nonprofit and public organizations.
  • Retired executives may be interested in sharing their knowledge and advice with small business owners through the Senior Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Program.

Information about volunteer opportunities in other settings is also available.