If you're a Baby Boomer who's thinking about transitioning from full-time to part-time work, or to 100% "free and me" time, consider some of these ways to help your neighborhood and your community benefit from your skills and years of experience:
- Share what you know. Offer to teach a class or workshop at a community center or the public library. This way, others can gain the benefit of your knowledge.
- Welcome newcomers. If your community is the type of place that retirees flock to, help new arrivals feel welcome by sharing insider tips, inviting them for dinner or introducing them to others whose company they might enjoy.
- Mow someone's lawn. If you're able, there's always a neighbor who could use a helping hand with their property, whether it's the homebound elderly gentleman next door or the single, working mom across the street.
- Volunteer. Find an organization whose cause is close to your heart and dive in.
- Join a board. There are likely lots of nonprofits in your community that could use your professional expertise to help them further their mission.
- Become a mentor. Even if you've left the workforce, you still have a lot of insights to impart to younger professionals in your field.
- Tutor kids. Help a struggling student master academic skills and set them on the path to success.
- Get civic. Are there potholes on your street that need fixing? An intersection that could use a traffic light? Don't wait for others to take the initiative. Approach your local city or town council to get the ball rolling.
- Start a club. If there's an activity you love and you know others who do too, start a club so you can share your passions, such as hiking, politics, bridge or knitting.
- Support the schools. Though your children may be grown, continue to help the schools in your community so the next generation of children can get a quality education.
Discover even more ways to extend a hand in your community by volunteering for the causes that matter to you.