There are so many things to do at our Active Adult Community and it takes a huge effort to carry out the many activities, events, social, organizations, committees, and things that need to be done. Del Webb has done a wonderful job giving us structure on how to set things up, but it’s up to the residents and the limited HOA staff to get them done.
Many residents of Active Adult Communities volunteer outside the community, at hospitals, schools, churches, food banks, child services and many more places. There is even more residents volunteering right here in our community, to make things work for all of us.
On our 55+ community website, resident Phillis Mercer has posted this message in the discussion group, which gives you an idea of how important volunteering is to our community.
Thanks for the Volunteers
THANKS to all Merissa’s HELPERS who volunteered to serve food and help with clean-up at Italian night. It was a lovely event with good food and wonderful entertainment, made possible with the assistance from volunteers.
Also, a special thanks to ALL those who VOLUNTEER in any capacity to make our community a great place to live—those who serve in a formal role on Committees and on the Board as well as those who serve more behind the scenes and whose names we may not know – for example, those who help to put on social events, those who put RFID stickers on cars, those who cleaned out and rearranged the basement in preparation for the Terrace level build out, those who unpacked furniture and assisted with the set-up in the finished terrace level, those who built a display board for resident’s artwork and those who manage our library.
A special thanks to all the volunteers who work in a positive and cooperative manner helping us maintain the quality of life that we want in the place we call home.
Volunteering is an Activity
I have written before numerous times about how important activities are in retirement to keep you active, gain a passion, make new friends and give meaning to your life.
The residents who volunteer to make these activities happen seem to be the ones getting the most out of being active and participation in these activities.
Volunteering in the Community is Rewarding
It does take a meaningful effort and commitment to volunteer, but you get more out of it in return. Just as the teacher learns, the volunteer gets to learn many things by doing. People know who you are and respect you for helping them experience the active adult lifestyle.
When you move in and are new, take some time to try out all the activities you can. Over time, you will naturally move towards those activities that you are most interested in, that give you the most fun and enjoyment.
Opportunities will open up for you to help out in those same favorite activities of yours. When it does, step forward and volunteer to help make our community the great place it is to live. You will be rewarded for your efforts.
Besides activities, volunteers run our committees. See the front desk for a Committee Volunteer Application.
Below is our friend Mary Lou in her role as “The Easter Bunny” this year. Also a couple more photos of other volunteers!