Seniors who stay busy usually enjoy better health. A great way for your loved one to spend his or her days is to volunteer in local communities. All types of programs need help, and Georgetown elder care professionals have identified 5 volunteer opportunities your loved one should consider.
1. Waccamaw Riverkeepers
Each week the Waccamaw Riverkeepers, in conjunction with the Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy, monitors the water in the river. This advocacy group also holds cleanups along the Waccamaw River. Seniors who volunteer with the Waccamaw Riverkeepers will receive complete training.
2. Grand Strand Master Gardeners’ Association
The Grand Strand Master Gardeners’ Association is a private association of master gardeners working in conjunction with the Clemson Extension Service, which monitors the waters for phytoplankton. The association also hosts public opportunities where seniors can teach others to garden better. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides training.
3. Grand Strand Miracle Leagues
Each child with special needs is given a buddy in this exciting baseball, golf, and soccer program where everyone can participate. The buddy and the athlete work together to help each other learn the basic game. Senior volunteers can help the league raise much-needed funds.
4. Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run uses a 20-lesson curriculum to teach third, fourth, and fifth grade girls the importance of being true to themselves by participating in physical activities. After completing formal training, girls have many opportunities to volunteer in the community. Seniors can volunteer in the program as mentors working with the girls.
5. South Carolina Autism Society
Autism affects one in ten children in South Carolina. The Autism Society needs volunteers in many different areas. Seniors can help with office work and special events, including the society’s Stride Run. Your loved one may also be able to educate others about autism.
There are many ways seniors can stay active in the Grand Strand community. Encourage your loved one to find an opportunity to give back to the community and help the town benefit from his or her skills. Volunteering can increase your loved one’s physical and emotional wellbeing. A caregiver from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and hourly home care, can encourage your loved one to stay active and involved in the community. Our expertly trained caregivers also provide comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Georgetown families can trust. Call (843) 353-3105 to learn more about our flexible elder care services.