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Often, seniors reach their golden years only to feel isolated and no longer connected to people and worthwhile community projects. But countless opportunities are waiting for seniors to stay engaged in local events and year-round activities. The following is a list of volunteer opportunities for older adults:


  • Mentor or tutor for young people
  • Zoo or nature center ambassador
  • Job skills tutor for the disadvantaged
  • Hospital patient care/ambassador
  • Bus driver for the disabled
  • Foster grandparent
  • Sports coach or mentor
  • Humane society animal care staff
  • Charity trip or event coordinator
  • Care package sender to U.S. troops
  • Friendship visitor at hospitals
  • Driver safety instructor or coordinator
  • Community health screener
  • Park or nature visitor center docent or park or nature center gardener
  • Sunday school teacher or church nursery worker
  • Art museum or gallery guide
  • Instructor for after-school music clubs
  • Choir vocalist or musician
  • Voter polling place worker

Groups and Organizations

  • Library reading programs
  • Community food programs and food shelters
  • School lunch programs
  • Homeless and abused women shelters
  • Nonprofit service organizations
  • Eyeglass and hearing aid recycling programs
  • Community gardening projects
  • Camps and retreats for special needs children and adults
  • Political action committees and candidate campaigns
  • Emergency and disaster preparedness and response groups
  • Recycling center or environmental stewardship programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Habitat for Humanity

You can learn more about most of these opportunities online or by visiting your local library, checking with individual groups of interest, or searching phone books or community newspapers and bulletin boards. Word of mouth also goes a long way in finding the right fit for your specific interests and skill set.

What suggestions do you have for how aging loved ones can stay connected with their communities?

Source:  Right at Home

Right at Home Washington DC

1818 New York Avenue NE

Suite 219

Washington, DC 20002

202-269-0008 (office)

202-269-0866 (fax)


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