Calling All Retirees to Volunteer

Retired brains have a lot to offer, with some over-65’s opting to put theirs to good use, by helping to address social and development challenges in South Africa. Taking their skills, knowledge and experience out of the boardroom and into the social sector, the Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have years of insight to offer a cash-strapped and under-resourced sector.  

The nonprofit sector in South Africa could gain real value from this talent pool.  With an array of Opportunities to get involved in their local communities, retired citizens have the potential to be some of the best Volunteers out there. Having a host of skills to share and a vast amount of knowledge to impart, retirees can often get restless. To help retirees get involved, we’ve even created a Campaign for those who’d like a little more guidance in finding Opportunities.

From going on a solo cruise to writing that novel you’ve been putting off, your retirement years are the perfect time to experience and explore the world in new and exciting ways. For many, this might include taking up volunteering in your spare time. In our Retired? Volunteer! Campaign, we have a list of Opportunities that are being consistently curated just for retirees throughout the country.  If you’d like to get involved but have something more specific in mind, we also have another solution for you – creating an Offer!

Creating an Offer is one of the best  ways a retiree can get involved.  An Offer allows you to say exactly what goods, skills or time (and we know you retirees have a lot of that!) you have and how you’d like to donate it. Then, you get to select the area you’d like to help out in and your Offer gets sent out to the relevant Causes.  From there, you get to choose which Cause you’d like to work with!

Volunteering can re-ignite purpose, maintain mental agility, provide social activities and build new relationships. All of these factors contribute to well-being, mental health and longevity. We understand that money may be a driver for continuing to work after 65, but it doesn’t have to be the only motivator for keeping busy! 

The Doing Good Is Good For You survey conducted by the United Health Group found that those who give their time to a Cause reported a greater sense of accomplishment and purpose, as well as stronger social networks. The survey also found that 76% of respondents reported volunteering made them feel healthier, with 94% saying that it improved their mental well-being and reduced stress levels.

Volunteers who participated in the study actually scored better than non-volunteers on nine measures of emotional well-being, including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships, life satisfaction, and self-esteem. It appears that doing good, really is good for you!

Offering real value and investing time for the betterment of society has no age restriction. From employee engagement to individual philanthropy, we aim to achieve maximum impact for the social sector by engaging a diverse range of industries and age groups. We should all be invested in doing good together.

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