Volunteering in Retirement

Volunteering in Retirement
“This generation got no destination to hold
We are volunteers of America”
“Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane¹

Those of a certain age will recall these Jefferson Airplane lyrics as a call to action, though for a different period and place. Even with the passage of time and through a lifetime of changes, the desire of baby boomers to make an impact on the world has not diminished.

Retirement is no longer about the hammock or unending hours of golf. It is a period of rejuvenation, second chances and renewed growth. For many, this new phase includes contributing their time and talents to an organization in need.

Before You Start

An important first step is to engage in honest self-assessment. Inventory your skill set and interests. This will help identify what sort of volunteering opportunities are the best match for you.

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Volunteering in Retirement

Volunteering in Retirement
“This generation got no destination to hold
We are volunteers of America”
“Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane¹

Those of a certain age will recall these Jefferson Airplane lyrics as a call to action, though for a different period and place. Even with the passage of time and through a lifetime of changes, the desire of baby boomers to make an impact on the world has not diminished.

Retirement is no longer about the hammock or unending hours of golf. It is a period of rejuvenation, second chances and renewed growth. For many, this new phase includes contributing their time and talents to an organization in need.

Before You Start

An important first step is to engage in honest self-assessment. Inventory your skill set and interests. This will help identify what sort of volunteering opportunities are the best match for you.

Read More

Should You Put Your Kids' Education ahead of Your Retirement?

If you're like most parents, you want nothing more than to provide your children with a college education. Some have been saving since before their children were even born, but more often than not, a substantial number of parents find themselves in the uncomfortable position where their kids are fast approaching college age, but they themselves are staring their retirement years right in the face. So the question becomes: Should you sacrifice your retirement savings to put your kids through school?

 

My parents worked hard their whole lives, but simply couldn't afford to pay for my college education. They taught me the meaning of money, and I knew I could take care of myself.

During a class I was taking this precise question came up.  The presenter reminded us that while college-bound kids can always get financial aid, there is no such thing as “retirement aid.”

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