Participate in Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adults
A common way for older adults to spend newfound time during their retirement years is through volunteerism. Giving a part of ourselves to others encourages personal happiness and strengthens wellbeing. Benefits of volunteering for seniors include increased social opportunities, a personal sense of accomplishment and increased cognitive health.
So, the next time you’re feeling down or desire a sense of purpose, you’re able to help yourself by helping others. Whether it be donating time and talents playing your favorite instrument or sending a monthly contribution to your favorite charity, you’re able to find a way that works for you to give back.
Examples of Volunteer Work for Seniors
While there are numerous ways you are able to volunteer, these opportunities can be broken down into two types of volunteering: donating time and donating funds.
1. Donate Time
Whatever it may be – mentoring, organizing or simply giving up your time for the betterment of someone or something else – there are plenty of opportunities to take time to volunteer and give to others. No matter your interests or abilities, there is an opportunity for you to engage in volunteerism. Some examples include:
- Volunteering at a local hospital
- Mentoring other individuals
- Joining a non-profit board
- Picking up trash around the neighborhood
- Becoming an activist
- Participating in a local food drive
- Lending a hand at your local library
Should your financial situation allow it, donating money to organizations designed to help others is a great way to make an impact. Your donation allows these organizations to live out their mission of serving others. A few organizations you are able to donate to include:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Easter Seals
- Ronald McDonald House
- Girls on the Run
- Salvation Army
- Saint Clare’s Hospital
- Trenton Soup Kitchen
- Wounded Warriors
Discover Senior Volunteer Opportunities at Springpoint
At Springpoint, we believe that taking time to offer your talents to others keeps you mentally stimulated and helps give you a greater sense of purpose. Perhaps the most common way within the community to share in the sense of generosity is through the Springpoint Foundation. The Foundation is fueled by the donations of all Springpoint residents and works to make life better for older adults.
The Springpoint Foundation makes a difference through a variety of services and programs. These services include the Resident Financial Assistance Program, Spiritual Care Program, Affordable Housing Support and Tomorrow’s Leaders Program. Charitable support of these programs comes through a variety of giving and sponsorship opportunities, special events and gift planning programs. Although these programs help in different ways, they all strive to create better lives for people within our communities.
There are plenty of other volunteer opportunities within each community, as well. Barbara Thompson, a resident at Springpoint community Meadow Lakes, loves to stay involved, and shares, “When residents of other communities learn about our many resident-initiated committees, including programs such as our Education Award Program that donates college tuition for employees, they say: ‘you have that at your community? ‘ They can’t believe how involved the residents are here; it makes a world of difference.”
Contact our team to learn more.