When you retire, you will have some extra time on your hands. And while there are probably thousands of things you will want to do, you should also devote some of that time helping others. You can do this by volunteering your services for an organization that could use your help.

There are several ways in which you can make our city a better place. From serving food at a shelter to cleaning up our parks, there are opportunities for you to get involved. Goldberg and Associates, your estate planning service, offers volunteer opportunities.

National Park Service

Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you need to stay inside all cooped up all day. If you think it would be nice to get some fresh air, become a volunteer for the National Park Service.

Volunteering for the National Park Service comes with a number of perks. In addition to getting exercise and fresh air, there are meals provided and a stipend. If you log enough hours, you can receive an annual pass as well.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps isn’t just for the young, the organization does not have an age limit. In fact, they actively seek older volunteers.

Depending on the type of work you wish to do, your service can last anywhere from three months to two years. As a volunteer, you can choose the country where you want to serve.

Volunteer at a Public School

You can help school children with math, reading and other classroom activities. There are plenty of rewards in helping children learn their multiplication tables.

Even if math still scares you, there are plenty of other opportunities that don’t require educational skills. For example, You can volunteer to help students with strength training and flexibility in physical education classes.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that repairs and builds simple and affordable housing for people who need it. When you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, you are doing more than helping to shelter people, you are giving people a sense of pride and community in their neighborhood.

Many retired volunteers who work with Habitat for Humanity participate in homebuilding projects all over the United States.

Senior Companions

Senior Corps offers a volunteer program called Senior Companions. This is an opportunity targeted to seniors 55 years old and over. Senior Companions provide friendship and aid to adults who have trouble with daily activities such as grocery shopping and paying bills. It provides a way in which seniors can stay at home instead of having to move to a nursing home or other elder care facility.

Musicians on Call

Musicians on Call sends volunteer musicians to hospitals throughout the country. The volunteers perform in common spaces with an audience as well as in private rooms. If you play a musical instrument or sing, this is a good choice.

If you have no musical talent, you can still participate by being a volunteer guide.

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