Many seniors look forward to spending their retirement living years relaxing with friends and family, traveling, and perhaps taking on some hobbies. Some seniors take on post-retirement jobs to make some extra money and to give themselves new challenges, while other seniors have taken on volunteering opportunities.
As reported in the Great Falls Tribune newspaper, a growing number of seniors are looking to volunteering as a new experience during their retirement years.
Seventy year-old Jerry Yoder of Great Falls, Montana, volunteers at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, where he works behind the scenes to the museum can help educate visitors about the famous American explorers.
“I was never a Lewis and Clark enthusiast until I came out here,” he told the newspaper. “From then on, it just kind of mushroomed.”
According to the newspaper, up until recently, the museum where Yoder volunteers thought it was going to discontinue its use of volunteers until funding arrived from the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), an initiative of the local county government.
At the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Yoder spends his time working behind the scenes, including answering phones, fills out paperwork, as well as answering questions from members of the public who visit the museum.