Volunteering is a popular antidote to feelings of isolation that can occur as we age. Here are two programs that enable seniors to share their time and skills with younger generations.
Child and Family Service (CFS) has served the needs of vulnerable populations in Hawai‘i since 1899. In partnership with a national nonprofit, Encore, CFS offers many ways for volunteers aged 50+to support that important work.
Volunteer coordinator, Encore Fellow Kevin Henry, can find a place for you no matter if you have only a few hours a month or if you feel you don’t have any special skills. Doing inventory at a donation center or mentoring about financial literacy are just two examples.
If you are aged 55+and can work a minimum of 15 hours a week, you can apply to be a Foster Grandparent volunteer with the Dept. of Human Services. There are certain health and other requirements.
As a Foster Grandparent volunteer, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at educational institutions, you help set a child on the path toward a successful future.