Connect to your community through volunteering

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Sponsored by: Cresswind
By: H. A. Fisher

You know the old adage: “It’s better to give than to receive.” Well that doesn’t just apply to physical gifts. It’s particularly true when it comes to sharing your time and talents with worthy causes. And it’s even more rewarding when you can better the community in which you live.

Those who choose to live in Cresswind at The Ponds will have ample opportunities to volunteer with organizations all around the Town of Summerville. Many soon-to-be residents are semi-retired or retired so having volunteer opportunities is a wonderful way for active adults to not only give back but add joy and purpose to their days.

Plus, some studies show that volunteering in retirement can have health benefits, including decreasing depression and great longevity.

Start by seeking out resources that can help you find the right volunteer opportunity. Residents will be able to take advantage of the Community Clubhouse at Cresswind. It will be staffed with an activities director ready to share detailed information on volunteer needs in the community.

Trident United Way is also a resource for community volunteer opportunities and can connect would-be volunteers with nonprofits.

Once you’ve identified some options, follow these steps to select the best fit:

First, identify a passion or area you find especially meaningful. That could be animals, art, the environment, special needs children or homelessness. Picking an area that speaks to your heart will make it easy to give your time to help.

Second, think about any special or unique talents you might have to share. Can you help a nonprofit with its marketing plan? Do you have IT skills? Did you previously work in the medical field? Many nonprofits need special skill sets so consider whether you’d like for your current or past profession to play a role in your volunteering.

Third, look at your schedule and determine how much you can help and in what capacity. Do you prefer a volunteer opportunity you can do at home at any time of the day or do you prefer a set schedule in an office where you can interact with others? Many nonprofits need both. Certain projects can be done on your own time while others follow a set volunteer schedule.

Also think about where you enjoy leadership opportunities. After volunteering with an organization for a period of time and building a connection, you might decide to go a step further and join a committee or the board of directors. Committed volunteers are often tapped for greater leadership so determine if that’s an area of interest for you.

If you’re new to the Summerville area, volunteering is a great way to learn about the community as a whole while also meeting new people and making friends. It’s a quick way to build a strong connection to your new hometown while making a difference right in your own backyard.

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