Volunteering in Tucson, Arizona contributes to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among our citizens. These local sites are my favorite choices for seniors to volunteer their time, skills and knowledge.
What looks great on a resume and allows you to join with people across the globe? Volunteering for United Nations – all done online! The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. From the comfort of your couch you can engage in the work of international grassroots organizations, governments and educational institutions.
There are literally hundreds of volunteer opportunities from which to choose. Once accepted for an assignment you work in teams online to accomplish the selected goal. One of the teams I volunteered with supplied books to a new school in Africa while another team raised funds to build a school. UNV utilizes approximately 8,000 volunteers to work in humanitarian projects internationally. You decide how much time you want to commit.
More Information: onlinevolunteering.org.
The Ms. Foundation’s “Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work” is an annual event with a focus of encouraging youth, our future work force, to strive for their full potential. This event provides children an opportunity to make the connection of how their schoolwork will have valuable application to help them attain a variety of jobs.
In addition to planning the event locally at several businesses, I’ve volunteered at the regional level as the Arizona representative. Although this day is held once a year, (next event: April 28, 2011), there are months of planning the details. This is an easy event to plan as the national website supplies numerous resources in addition to regional representatives to contact for assistance.
Once a company decides they want to participate in this event, they will need to form committees and plan a schedule of activities for the children. As an example, at Canyon Ranch we provided a day of hands on participation with the children. They were given a full day’s itinerary with exercise, planting, menu preparation and educational lectures which included demonstrations with desert animals.
As a senior you can participate at many levels. If you are employed, you could approach your employer and volunteer to coordinate the Day. Encourage them to share in this opportunity to show girls and boys at an early age what adults do at work.
If planning is not your forte, you could escort a child throughout the day. Even though the event is entitled “Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work” you may bring your grandchild, a neighbor’s child or even an underprivileged child. Inviting a child from a shelter could impact that child’s future. It’s an investment that will pay dividends.
For more information contact: (800) 676-7780 there is no local office. Website: daughtersandsonstowork.org
The American Lung Association was instrumental in my decision to participate in nicotine cessation. Through their volunteers’ tireless efforts, they’ve provided the support I’ve needed to remain smoke free for over 10 years. In efforts to give back what was given to me I volunteer periodically with the American Lung Association. They have several opportunities for seniors – some as simple as donating a few hours to make phone calls requesting donations or help with clerical duties. Do you have experience becoming a non-smoker? Train to serve the community as a Freedom From Smoking Facilitator.
For further information: 520-323-1812 or visit the local office at 2819 East Broadway Blvd. lungarizona.org
Seniors will find numerous volunteer opportunities with the American Cancer Society from sewing caps for those who’ve lost their hair from chemotherapy; nutrition consultations; or even dressing up as Mr. Butt for community education events.
Their annual signature events; Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer offer committee chair positions as well as team member volunteer slots. These events raise money for cancer research, patient services, education, and advocacy
For further information stop by 1636 North Swan Suite 151 or contact the office Manager at (520) 323-4208 www.cancer.org
Another great volunteer experience I’ve had is with Handmaker who has provided long term care services to elders of varied faith since 1963. The local Handmaker has received numerous accolades. The opportunities vary in time commitments from a daily pledge to only once a year for an annual event. Where you choose to volunteer reading birthday cards to residents, attending church services, going for a walk, or simply stopping by to visit; the residents are always genuinely appreciative of your generosity.
The volunteer coordinator, Ann Lopez is an absolute delight and will make you feel comfortable from the very first contact. Whether your passion is gardening, quilting, dancing, playing cards or reading, Ann can help find a way for you to share it with the special residents of Handmaker.
For more information contact Ann Lopez, Volunteer Coordinator at (520) 547-6001 firstname.lastname@example.org 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd in Tucson
Social supports and staying active are critical to healthy aging. Whether helping, teaching, mentoring or sharing life experience, seniors volunteering in Tucson, Arizona will reap numerous benefits as do the recipients of their generosity.