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Gifts of Giving: Opportunities for Older Volunteers

Almost a quarter of our nation’s older adult population volunteers annually in their community. Whether you donate your time to a faith-based institution, a local school, a hospital, or any worthy group, know that you are adding to the quality of your own life as you improve the lives of others.

Research shows that adults who volunteer are more likely to experience health benefits such as longevity, mobility, and better mental health. Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing, and energizing, as volunteering allows you to stay active, meet a diverse range of people, and strengthen your social network.

To find out about volunteer activities in your community, contact local churches, community centers, hospitals, or schools. Many municipalities also have a volunteer center that lists opportunities with local agencies and other public and private nonprofits.

You can also find volunteering opportunities at
Volunteering in America
http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/

Senior Corps
http://www.seniorcorps.gov

Administration on Aging Civic Engagement Resources
http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Special_Projects/Civic_Engagement/index.aspx#consumers

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