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TroveStreet® Wisdom: Volunteering my time and talents

Communities are only as strong as the people who put the time and effort into making them that way. And now more than ever, communities need contributions. 

Older adults are the cornerstone of communities. They are the financial drivers of arts, cultural, and social organizations. They bring years of experience as civic leaders, grandparent caregivers, and historians. They offer seasoned skills, talents, and resources. And their wisdom and self-direction help organizations solve complex problems while advancing missions.

Volunteering our time, talents, and resources to the neighbor next door or the community as a whole connects us to others and yourself. It improves our physical and mental health, too. According to a Corporation for National and Community Service study, Americans over the age of 60 who volunteered reported lower disability and higher levels of well-being compared to those who did not volunteer. Giving to others is also proven to reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. 

How to Get Started

Finding ways to use your unique gifts and passions to make a difference can be the source of a life-changing experience for you and those impacted. 

The key to finding volunteering opportunities is to think about how you can best make an impact. What has brought you meaning and joy in life? What activities or moments in your work or personal life have had a positive impact on others? These organizations can also help point you in the right direction for volunteer opportunities near you:

In addition to the above, if you have experience doing your own taxes, you may want to volunteer with the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program.  Tax-Aide is a program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during tax season. AARP membership is not required.  There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone else’s life. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grassroots leadership, on-site greeters, and interpreters who can provide language assistance.

For more information about volunteering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Foundation program, contact Lynne Leopold-Sharp at 717-640-5006 or

Whether you want to help people directly, support philanthropic causes, or provide other services to the community, there will always be as many ways to contribute as there are volunteers.

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