Fact or Fiction: Volunteer Ops for Retirees
Retired volunteers are making a difference for causes and charities of every kind. How much do you know about volunteer opportunities for retirees? Take our fact or fiction quiz to find out!
The RV Care-A-Vanners is a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers who drive their own RVs to participate in homebuilding projects throughout the United States.
Retirees are best suited to safe, quiet volunteer assignments such as library aide duties or administrative tasks.
The maximum age for a "big" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is 28 years old.
In some school districts, senior citizens can earn property tax rebates in exchange for volunteering in the public schools.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart's Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) operates the largest volunteer program in the federal government.
The Road Scholar organization is a volunteer group that helps seniors read street signs on poorly lit roads.
"Voluntourism" is a great way to get an all-expenses-paid trip to the vacation destination of your dreams.
Volunteer vacations are better suited to younger volunteers; in fact, only a handful of retirees have been brave enough to try them.
Hunger relief agencies such as Meals on Wheels and local food banks offer opportunities for retirees to help other retirees.
Only medical professionals can contribute to disaster relief efforts such as those run by the Red Cross or the Medical Reserve Corps.
Only art history majors are eligible to become museum docents.
Organizations of every kind need volunteers with legal backgrounds.
The Retiree Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) run by Senior Corps provides insurance to its volunteers.
Hospitals encourage anyone with a pet to bring it by any time to visit patients and cheer them up.
The number of Peace Corps volunteers over the age of 60 more than doubled from 2008 to 2011.
Older Peace Corps volunteers report finding their age to be a huge hindrance in their foreign placements.
Lillian Carter, the late mother of President Jimmy Carter, was 68 years old when she enlisted with the Peace Corps in 1966.
The medical clearance required for retired Peace Corps applicants is far more stringent than the medical exam for 28-year-old volunteers.
Being a Peace Corps volunteer means that you will have no contact with your friends and family back home for the duration of your 27-month deployment.
Peace Corps volunteers are allowed to have friends and family members visit them in their host countries during their volunteer assignment.