11 | Help Out at a Favorite Museum
Museums are usually nonprofits, which are funded by the government and private donors. Millions of museums across the US are free to visitors, and most of them rely greatly on volunteers. Visit your local zoo, arboretum or science or history museum to see what kinds of volunteer jobs for seniors they have available. Or check out the American Alliance of Museums’ website.
12 | Volunteer Virtually
For those with limited mobility or transportation, you can still get involved! There are lots of organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer from home in retirement, like offering administrative help, knitting emotional support blankets, recording audiobooks, sending cards to cancer patients, teaching English, predicting cyclone behavior and more! Check out DoSomething.org and Operation Warm’s idea list for organizations that need remote volunteers.
13 | Organize Your Own Fundraiser
Hold a bake sale, organize a community blood drive, raise money for your local Red Cross or send cards to soldiers overseas. There is unlimited space for creativity when it comes to volunteering in retirement. Use your talents and incorporate your passions to give back to organizations or communities that matter most to you.
Endless Retirement Volunteer Opportunities
This list is by no means comprehensive. There are millions of volunteer opportunities for seniors to combine their passions and talents with community service. If you haven’t found your perfect fit on this list, check out The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) or Volunteer Match for more ideas and resources for volunteering in retirement.