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Fact or Fiction: Volunteer Ops for Retirees
by Staff
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.

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Retirees are best suited to safe, quiet volunteer assignments such as library aide duties or administrative tasks.

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The maximum age for a "big" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is 28 years old.

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In some school districts, senior citizens can earn property tax rebates in exchange for volunteering in the public schools.

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart's Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) operates the largest volunteer program in the federal government.

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The Road Scholar organization is a volunteer group that helps seniors read street signs on poorly lit roads.

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"Voluntourism" is a great way to get an all-expenses-paid trip to the vacation destination of your dreams.

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Volunteer vacations are better suited to younger volunteers; in fact, only a handful of retirees have been brave enough to try them.

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Hunger relief agencies such as Meals on Wheels and local food banks offer opportunities for retirees to help other retirees.

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Only medical professionals can contribute to disaster relief efforts such as those run by the Red Cross or the Medical Reserve Corps.

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Only art history majors are eligible to become museum docents.

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Organizations of every kind need volunteers with legal backgrounds.

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The Retiree Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) run by Senior Corps provides insurance to its volunteers.

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Hospitals encourage anyone with a pet to bring it by any time to visit patients and cheer them up.

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The number of Peace Corps volunteers over the age of 60 more than doubled from 2008 to 2011.

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Older Peace Corps volunteers report finding their age to be a huge hindrance in their foreign placements.

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Lillian Carter, the late mother of President Jimmy Carter, was 68 years old when she enlisted with the Peace Corps in 1966.

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The medical clearance required for retired Peace Corps applicants is far more stringent than the medical exam for 28-year-old volunteers.

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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.

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Peace Corps volunteers are allowed to have friends and family members visit them in their host countries during their volunteer assignment.

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