“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
If a small group can effect change, imagine what 77 million people can do!
Baby Boomers – a group that is 77 million Americans strong – has been and will continue to be one of the most influential generations in history in terms of voluntarism, in part because of sheer numbers, but also because this group is highly educated, controls a large portion of the country’s wealth, and has the desire to continue to utilize their skills and knowledge even after retirement.
According to research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census, volunteers age 65 and older will increase from 9 million in 2007 to more than 13 million by 2020!
With the plethora of non-profits from which to choose, individuals are better able to find a volunteer “job” that matches their interests, commitment and skill levels, and which will allow them to feel both challenged and engaged.
Research conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service shows that regular volunteering prolongs your life by an average of 5 years – and because you’re doing work that is meaningful, those additional years are more likely to be enjoyable ones.
Top Volunteer Opportunities for Baby Boomers
Schools – With life experience, expertise and time, active adults are valuable assets to teaching environments that are stretched thin.
Senior Companions – at the other end of the spectrum are “sandwich generation” families with an elderly adult who could benefit from having a patient, caring adult to visit, to run errands or to help in other non-specialized ways.
Food Bank – whether your interest lies in stocking and distributing food and other essentials, or organizing collection drives in the community, food bank volunteers are always welcome to ensure that the 14% of U.S. households affected by poverty have their basic needs met.
Museum Guide – folks who give tours at museums, gardens and other attractions are often volunteers who have an affinity for art, history, plants and the like, and can engage in meaningful discussions with others as they share their knowledge and passions.
Non-profits exist in every community, and are set up to fill a void or create new opportunities for future generations. Health organizations, theatres and performance groups, conservation organizations, and the like, accept volunteers throughout the year to fulfill a variety of needs including fundraising, office work, even accounting and strategizing.
Windsong neighborhoods are located within thriving communities where nature trails, community gardens, theatres, libraries, schools and more provide a rich cultural outlet and opportunities to participate. And with the hassle-free lifestyle that comes with your Windsong home, homeowners have more time to share their experience and pursue opportunities to stay active and engaged.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!