The last few years have been interesting for you. The kids have finally flown the nest, you may be without a significant other due to life changes, you’ve downsized, and the garden you used to tend has morphed into flower pots on the patio. You’re too young to live the rest of your life knitting in a rocking chair, or whittling in the garage, and you’re too old to wear the polka dot bikini or the thong to the beach – maybe Europe overlooks flesh that has a mind of its own, but in California, it doesn’t work!
So what to do with this new-found time? You don’t want to admit how much time you’re spending on the Internet playing solitaire or Words with Friends. Well, how about sharing some of that knowledge you’ve earned over the years? Non-profits need your skills. You can donate your time and your expertise to a number of different organizations, whatever your interest is – everything from pets to HIV to cancer to community gardens, you name it. They want you. And admit it! It’s kind of nice to be needed again!
It doesn’t matter where you live; someone needs you and your talents. Hey, we’ve learned a lot over the years! I’ve sat on a lot of Executive Boards of different organizations and the majority of the people who sit on the boards are boomers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Younger people are dealing with children, jobs and all of the other things that just getting from day to day entails. Rarely do they have time to donate to a cause, no matter how worthy. There are only so many hours in a day and a person can be stretched just so far!
If children are your interest, check out the Boys and Girls Clubs. I recently took my granddaughter to a “ba yeah” class (read that ballet!) at one of their locations. The class was reasonable and excellent. They usually provide child care services, sports activities, and classes. Fundraisers help support them.
The Kiwanis club has been around for a long time and is usually very active in communities. Soroptomist focuses on women and girls. Meetings, retreats, and fundraisers help them become self-sufficient, empowered, transformed, and able to attain their dreams. “Working Wardrobes,” one of their projects, helps women return to the work force by furnishing them with appropriate clothing.
I don’t have space to give a shout out to all of the wonderful non-profit organizations that exist, from the soup kitchens to the Humane Shelters. Whatever you’re interested in, trust me, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Author’s Boomer Lit Recommendation: If you remember Woodstock, read Goodbye Emily by Michael Murphy!