These community service organizations meet their missions through the valued contributions of time, talent and treasure by hundreds of volunteers. People like you and me.
The report prepared by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University states:
“Occupying the space outside of business and government yet influenced by both, nonprofits address peoples’ physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs. The unique position in society of nonprofits allows them to do more than provide services; it also allows them to guard the values of their constituents, advocate for them, and facilitate connections among those involved with the organizations.”
As many of us look to new careers, new pastimes and new interests, we look for affiliations that can be emotionally fulfilling. Whether your next chapter includes turning your passion into a career, splitting time between working and relaxing or mixing up paid and volunteer work – statistics show that encore lifestyles have in common a commitment to meaningful engagement that makes the world a better place.
A society grows great when its elders plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek Proverb
In today’s world of urban dictionaries, changing grammar rules and new verbiage – writers exploring the Baby Boomer world call this “encore involvement.”
As you choose the cause that best meets your interest, follow the advice of civil rights leader Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Below find online sources for volunteer opportunities in our community. And, the next time you see a volunteer, be sure to thank them for their service!