Volunteer in Your Passion

by Lois Etienne on February 19, 2013

in Caregiver Support,History,Internet,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Seven in 10 senior volunteers (70 percent) say they plan on volunteering “forever” or they have no end in sight to their community service activities, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network.

Ambitious goals, right? Actually, seniors can make a mark well into their elderly years by following a few simple guidelines designed to keep volunteering from becoming a grind or, even worse, more like a job.

1. Find a passion. Do what you’ve always wanted to do and didn’t have time for before.
2. Look for a need. That won’t be difficult these days. To find out where you could do the most good, contact your local church or senior center. Or contact Senior Corps (www.seniorcorps.gov).
3. Strive for joy. If nothing else, a volunteer job should be something fun, at least to you!
4. Avoid perfectionism. Chill out! Perfectionism can ruin the project for you and everyone else.
5. Steer clear of conflict. Remember, you’re not fighting for job standing or salary.
6. Don’t overdo. Retirement work should be a labor of love, not drudgery.
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