Seniors who want to remain active and engaged often turn to volunteering. A new government Web site sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service is promoting volunteerism for seniors. The site, http://www.getinvolved.gov/, makes it easier for seniors to find volunteer opportunities around the country.
Those age 55 and older can use the Web site’s search engine to locate volunteer opportunities by interest and location. They can search in interest areas such as animals, homelessness, politics, and sports, among others. Most of the opportunities are flexible so seniors can volunteer when and where their schedule allows.
In addition, through the Web site, seniors can sign up for one of the following Senior Corps’ National Service Programs, which connect seniors to service opportunities in their communities:
1. RSVP offers volunteers 55 and over a variety of service opportunities in their local communities.
2. The Foster Grandparent Program connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs.
3. The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living.
To learn more about Get Involved, visit http://www.getinvolved.gov/.