Volunteer Opportunities for Retired Seniors

Volunteer Opportunities for Retired Seniors

Volunteering is rewarding and gives us a feeling of accomplishment knowing that we’re helping others and doing something bigger than ourselves. If you are a senior who’s interested in volunteering in your community, there are all kinds of opportunities both in and outside of the home. Here are some ideas:

If you like animals, you can volunteer at the local animal shelter by feeding, interacting or walking the animals. You can also be a foster parent for animals waiting to be adopted.

Consider using your professional skills to help others. For example, if you’re someone that has accounting skills, consider helping low-income families at tax time. Or, if you have experience with event planning, consider helping a local non-profit with their next fundraiser.

Help prepare food or meals for those in need. This could be at a homeless shelter, the Ronald McDonald House, or the local Food Pantry.

Share your gifts and talents. If you’re artistically or musically talented, for example, share this with others at a place you feel comfortable. This could even be at a local park or senior housing residence.

Provide social interaction or other support to others. If you enjoy socializing with others one-on-one or in small group settings, you can volunteer your time at a senior housing facility where you might visit with the residents, play games, or paint nails. You could also consider being a caring presence for someone on hospice services.

Home-based volunteer opportunities exist, and you can explore some of these locally or online based on your abilities and interests. For example, if you like to read and review grammar, you might edit pamphlets for an organization. Here is one link to home-based options: http://helpfromhome.org/.

Opportunities to volunteer are around us, and you can explore your passions and what interests you. You could serve as a receptionist, file paperwork, or support someone one-on-one at many care companies. Look online at https://neighborhoodofgood.statefarm.com/ for additional options near you.

By Kelly Glennon at Hallmark Homecare

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

It takes a village to raise a child AND care for an aging parent.

Many of us have heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”. I heard it in passing the other day and silently thought, it also takes a village to care for an aging parent!

The difference is that raising a child is considered a wonderful joy, and there are various blogs, websites, books, shows, clubs and resources available to parents to help them through the challenges. However, caring for an aging or disabled parent can be viewed as the “right thing to do”, but it’s certainly not considered “joyful” or “glamorous”. In the U.S., it seems we have created a culture that believes the problem will solve itself while the “silver tsunami” is well on it’s way. There is no doubt that caring for an aging parent can weigh heavily on a family financially, physically and emotionally.

For those of us like me who are faced with this challenge, caring for an aging parent requires daily support as we navigate the system and all of the available resources. As a business owner in the senior care industry, I’ve found that this has its advantages preparing me and guiding me to reputable resources. But, it can still be very confusing.

When I started this journey a couple of years ago, I had no idea the wonderful people I’d meet, the assistance I’d be able to provide families as they experienced unique challenges, and how much I would need the resources myself in caring for my own family.

To those colleagues who have become referral partners, thank you. To those I have yet to meet, I look forward to meeting you. I will be sharing some resources from my own “village” on my Facebook page over the coming weeks. Please follow my Hallmark Homecare page here:


If you have a personal family situation and are in need of guidance for an aging loved one, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. I’m happy to help or refer you to someone who can. After all, it still takes a village.

Denise Sullivan