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I’m ready to volunteer and give back to the world after 2 years of retirement. Would you volunteer in a familiar arena or something different? What would you choose to do and why?

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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • Oh golly this is hard because I wanted to volunteer too. And the places I applied at had no need at the time. So I still say stay close to your hearts desires and start there.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • I would venture into something new and enjoy the community work. If I have any skills that may benefit a community service, I could dredge them up, but I like the thought of doing something new.;oD  Once did volunteer work that related to my newspaper writing days at a local radio station. I enjoyed writing up the public announcements of community services  and functions. I got some kudos and recognition from the DJ’s. ;oD  

      Cathie




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      Linda L wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • I would volunteer in both familiar arena and something different as well. At our school former teachers are listening to kids read, chaperone for field trips, and help the PTA/PTO. Your long time teaching skills is a plus in many areas. As both Vikki and Cathie said go where your heart desires and any community service is a great start. All the best!




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      Joanmarie wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • Before I started working for my husband I volunteered for Hospice.
      I have met many wonderful people. Some I still keep in touch with.
      It is such a relief to family members to have someone come in for an hour or so to sit with their loved one while giving them a chance to get away and take a break. It’s also a relief to the patient to talk to someone new and to know that their family member is taking a break.
      I’ve been referred to as an angel.
      If you don’t want to sit with clients then there are always ways to help with office work or helping while they have sales, etc. to earn donations.
      It’s sad yet very fulfilling at the same time.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • Wonderful work that is, Joan! My mother had someone come in from hospice to sit with my dad so she could go and run errands without worrying about his welfare.

      I spent time last semester in a convalescent home while doing my clinicals. Hard but rewarding. I took care of the most basic of needs for my residents. Now I’m working to become a nurse. I’ll work for a paycheck but also plan to spend some time doing volunteer work as well once I get my license.




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      Anne E wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • Look at all the opportunities available (the newspaper staff or your librarian can help you locate these opportunities) and see what appeals to you.  My daughter has done animal rescue work and tutored little kids while I prefer work involving the homeless/hungry.  Are you interested in making friends with fellow volunteers or do you prefer being more independent?  How much physical labor can you or do you want to do?  Do you love the environment, animals, children, etc?  Do you want to be in a fairly long term commitment (such as VA hospitals require)? All good questions to ask yourself.




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      Butterflyrose wrote Aug 10, 2011
    • As a retired teacher, working with children comes natural. Your experiences have given me other options to consider.  Thank you for your responses!  

                     An act of kindness is a gift given

                              

                              Butterflyrose




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