Three Great Perks Volunteers Should Look ForSubmitted by S. F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc. on October 1st, 2018
September 30, 2018
MONEY Magazine1 points out there are a lot of reasons to volunteer, especially in retirement when you may have more time. They note that “many groups also offer gigs with sweet benefits, from intellectual stimulation to outsider access, freebies and other perks.
- VIP Access: “Film and music festivals, sports events, and other big productions tend to rely on volunteers. Even your favorite charity may have a gala or fund raiser you could help with. In exchange, you’ll often be privy to all kinds of perks, such as discounted and free tickets, complimentary meals, and swag.” Look for an event, type in the word “volunteer”, and look for a volunteer application page to get started.
- Unique Travel: “Volunteering abroad is a far cry from seeing the world by rental car or cruise ship. For some retirees, that’s exactly the point.” You may have to pay for some of your own travel, but if you have time, some of the volunteer opportunities, especially for groups like Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, may prove very rewarding.
- Health Improvements: “Volunteering appears to be good for both physical and mental health, according to a study published last fall by UnitedHealthcare and Volunteer Match… Three-quarters of the US adults surveyed said volunteering made them feel physically healthier, and nearly everyone said volunteering improved their mood. Other commonly reported benefits included a boost to self-esteem (88% of respondents) and lower stress levels (79%).”
If you’re interested in volunteering but haven’t found the right opportunity, go to Volunteer Match (volunteermatch.org) “to search more than 100,000 volunteer opportunities across 29 different categories.”
1 “3 Great Perks Volunteers Should Look For.” Money, Sept. 2018, pp. 31–31.