Seniors are Volunteering

by Lois Etienne on January 9, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Senior Mother with Boomer DaughterYou’ll likely find them around every corner: senior volunteers who make a difference each day in local churches, community organizations, neighborhoods, senior centers and health care organizations. In total, these unsung heroes are making a bigger impact than ever as local budgets evaporate and community needs escalate.

About half of U.S. seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network. Nearly 20 percent of senior volunteers surveyed started volunteering when they reached the traditional age of retirement – 65 or older. Furthermore, 20 percent of seniors who volunteer say that their community service is the most important thing they do. Seniors who volunteer give an average of 15 hours a month in unpaid service.

We’ll spend the rest of this week sharing more about seniors and volunteerism because Home Instead Senior Care has just started a new campaign to search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state. This campaign will culminate with the selection of a national Salute to Senior Service winner during Older Americans Month in May. Stay tuned….

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