Volunteering in your community is a great way to give back. Established by AARP, Create the Good is an online organization that connects individuals with volunteer opportunities in their communities. Whether your goal is to share your life experiences, skills, or passions, you’ll find something that’s right for you on the Create the Good network.
According to the site, “AARP recognizes that many boomers and older Americans are already giving back to their communities in their own ways—and that a regular volunteer ‘position’ isn’t a good fit for everyone. With limited time and wide-ranging interests, many individuals are looking for more flexible volunteer options. That’s why AARP established the good.”
The Create the Good website:
- Posts volunteer opportunities
- Offers a guide to do-it-yourself community projects
- Provides ideas and articles to inspire ideas for volunteer work
All you have to do is type in an area of interest—homelessness, hunger, education, mentoring, etc.—enter the preferred distance from your ZIP code, and the options pop up. Many of them are relatively short term—from a few days to a few months—so you have considerable flexibility.
People have many motivations for volunteering, such as:
- Making an impact
- Strengthening the community
- Meeting others
- Improving emotional health
- Being a leader
- Sharing expertise
- Improving skills
- Learning something new
- Discovering new opportunities
- Experiencing the joy of giving
If you’ve never been a volunteer, Create the Good is a great way to give it a try. If you’re a seasoned giver, tell is what motivates you and why you would recommend it to others.