Five ideas for volunteering in retirement

There’s a secret many Baby Boomers who look forward to retirement don’t know yet: retirement can be boring. When someone is used to going to work for 40 hours per week, all the spare time can seem impossible to fill. But one way many retirees are spending part of their time is by volunteering, and if you’re looking to give back when you’ve stopped working, here are a few ways you can put your time and skills to good use as a volunteer, courtesy of U.S. News and World Report.

First, consider helping others complete their income taxes, especially during busy periods such as April.
Another option, just in time for Earth Day on April 22, retirees can help beautify their neighborhoods by helping to clean up roads and public parks.
You could also help out at a non-profit organization. Many charities and non-profits have shortages of paid employees, so every volunteer can make a big difference.

Another idea is to volunteer with other seniors, especially those who need assistance with their medications and prescriptions, or with transportation. They could live at home or in assisted living and Alzheimer’s Care communities.

Conversely, look at the youngest demographic: children, especially those from low-income or higher-risk areas, these children would benefit tremendously from an older mentor.