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Number of Senior Volunteers on the Rise As Boomers Reach Retirement

By Margaret Manning March 18, 2015 Mindset

One of the stereotypes about baby boomers is that we are selfish and unwilling to help others. In reality, the number of senior volunteers is increasing, according to this New York Times report. So, it looks like our generation is more willing to help than we get credit for.

Senior Volunteers Are Everywhere

The article reports that, in 2002, 22.7% of Americans over 65 volunteered. By 2013, this number had risen to 24.2%. They go on to say that the number of older Americans volunteering is expected to continue increasing in the coming years.

Personally, I’m not surprised that baby boomers are deciding to get involved in volunteering after retirement. Volunteering is not only a great way to make the world a better place – it can also give you a happiness boost.

Even if you are still in your 60s, there’s no reason to wait to get involved. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, I highly encourage you to check out Volunteermatch. This website can help to connect you with a charity in an area that you are passionate about – animals, children, education, the environment, seniors, politics and many more.

You may also want to consider Rotary, Senior Corps and the Peace Corps, which are all offering opportunities for older volunteers.

What volunteer organizations are you already involved with? Do you plan on spending more time volunteering when you reach retirement age? Please join the discussion.

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The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at margaret@sixtyandme.com

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