Too Much Free Time after Retiring? Volunteer! - Zing BlogCan you imagine how boring it would be to hang out at the beach for three or four days a week and golf the other days? Before you say anything, I was being sarcastic because there isn’t much I’d rather do than play a round of golf or hang out in the sun and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. However, for new retirees that are used to waking up day after day and being productive in their previous career, the transition from consistently working to not working is tough to make.

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? The truth of the matter is some people experience a type of depression after retirement. It’s hard for me to imagine that I’d ever get too upset about not working, although I suppose anything’s possible. I’m the type of person that likes to be constantly doing something. I can only take so many naps or watch so much TV before I go crazy. This got me to thinking about life after retiring and how I would keep myself busy. If it rains, I wouldn’t be able to golf or go to the beach. What else would I possibly do with my time?

While finding a part-time job is a possibility, volunteering is another option to help achieve that feeling of accomplishment. With that, I give you my list of top volunteer activities for retirees. Take a look!

Tour Guide

If you’re passionate about something located close to your home such as a museum or a stadium, you could give tours. Such places often offer training programs to give volunteers the necessary information to lead a successful tour.

Humane Societies

If leading people on informational tours isn’t for you, maybe you’re interested in animals? If so, humane societies and animal rescue shelters always need volunteers. Possible volunteer opportunities include caring for an animal until a permanent owner is found. Working at a humane society is the perfect volunteer opportunity for someone who loves animals but doesn’t want the obligation of caring for one of their own.

Golf Ranger

Depending on the course, some courses offer monetary compensation for rangers, while others only offer free golf. Check with your local course to see if they offer any volunteer jobs for rangers. Job tasks include checking receipts and making sure groups keep up the pace of play.

Soup Kitchen

If you enjoy putting a smile on someone’s face, contact a local soup kitchen. Many soup kitchens offer four- or five-hour volunteer shifts, although you are generally free to pick and choose the days you want to volunteer. Between cooking, picking up donations and serving food, there are plenty of different options available.

Red Cross

I plan to move to a climate that is warm year round after I retire. I realize that there’s the possibility of natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes in warm states such as Florida, a state I’d consider retiring in. When those natural disasters occur, there’s always a need for volunteers. Whether it’s rebuilding houses or providing food and shelter for families affected by major disasters, the opportunities are endless.

Parks and Recreation Department

Are you an environmentalist? Do you like planting trees or keeping parks clean? If any of those qualities apply to you, check out your local parks and recreation department to see what you can do to help. You may be able to help set up a neighborhood recycling program or plant gardens at nearby parks and schools.

Homeless Shelters

There are many different available options when it comes to homeless shelters. You could start by donating clothes, blankets and food supplies. If you’re looking to work directly with people, you could ask about serving food, reading bedtime stories to children and helping residents find their first apartments.

There are plenty of volunteer options available for retirees. Whether you like helping, guiding, or building, if you look hard enough, you’ll find something that suits what you’re looking for.

Are there any retired people out there that volunteer in their spare time? If so, what type of volunteer work do you do? Let us know in the comments section below!


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