Volunteering comes with a ton of benefits like bridging the generation gap when you interact with younger people and share your experiences and lessons you’ve learned throughout your life.
It also helps you learn new things as you go on, keeps you both mentally and physically engaged, helps with your social life, and not to mention you get to give back to the community.
How Can You Volunteer with FICCS?
With age comes a great deal of wisdom and life experience that you can share through volunteer work. By joining our senior volunteer program, you can volunteer locally doing all manner of things.
As a senior citizen you can either;
- Help feed the hungry by assisting in our local food pantry
- Use your years of experience to mentor youth
- You can also share your knowledge by tutoring online if you are not in a position to leave the house.
Benefits of Senior Volunteering
You have the time and you have the resources and have found a good project for older adult volunteers that you want to give a try.
#1 Volunteering Positively Impacts Your Mental Health
According to several studies, senior volunteering can have a direct impact on one’s quality of life as well as self-esteem.
When you volunteer, you immerse yourself in a totally different world where you get to impact someone else’s life while improving your social life.
By volunteering, you get to lower your risk of stress and depression which can be caused by isolation feelings that are common in older people.
#2 Volunteering Bridges the Generation Gap
As a senior citizen, it might prove difficult to connect with younger generations.
Volunteering in projects that help you interact with children and younger adults alike can help bridge that generational gap for you.
You may have years of life experience under your belt but there is still a lot you can learn from those younger than you.
Likewise, through such volunteer activities, you get to share all the life lessons that you have learned to help shape the lives of younger people for the better.
#3 It’s a Great Way to Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Routine
As you get older, your body changes and you need to remain active to stay healthy. As a senior volunteer, you get a chance to stay active.
Volunteering opportunities like walking dogs at a local animal shelter, or book sorting at the library are great ways of getting your exercise routine on track.
#4 It’s a Great Way to Improve Your Social Life
As we age, it’s common for feelings of abandonment to creep in which can lead to all manner of health issues like depression.
When you volunteer, you meet people who share the same interests and passions as you which is a great way to start new friendships.
#5 Volunteering Helps Nurture New Skills
There are so many opportunities to volunteer for senior citizens where you get to travel the world or even help at a local rescue center.
Volunteering can open all manner of doors for you and expose you to opportunities that help you develop new skills and passions.
Without even intending, volunteering can open doors for a new career path.
And the good thing about that is that such a career path would be the most satisfying because you get to help people and develop yourself in the process.
Create an account below to sign on for volunteer opportunities.