At Reed Financial Planning Sevices, we specialize in helping people retire. With retirement comes more free time on your hands and while some people know exactly what will occupy their time, others aren't quite so sure.
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." –Fred Rogers
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.
Determine the commitment you are willing to make. Is this something that you want to devote 5-10 hours a week to, or are you willing to commit to more time? Is this something you want to do locally, around the nation, or even the globe? Will this volunteering be done individually, as a couple, or as a group?
Survey the Waters
There are plenty of resources to get a good view of the opportunities that exist. One place to start is by asking friends, family, and colleagues. Another option is to use one or more of the many tools created to help identify volunteering ideas that may deserve your consideration. For instance, the AmeriCorps website is one such tool run by the federal government. You may also want to take a look at the VolunteerMatch website.
Another approach may be to pick charities that you support and check out their volunteer opportunities. Don’t be afraid to call them since some opportunities may not be advertised.
If you do choose to volunteer during retirement, you may find that you will receive as much as you give. Of course, you don't have to wait to retire to volunteer your time! If you'd like to learn more about how Reed Financial can help you plan for retirement, click on the link below to schedule a meeting or learn more about our services.
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