Volunteering is a popular way to stay busy in retirement. When you find an organization that matches the things that you’re passionate about, it can be very rewarding. In Fresno, you have options to devote your time to helping others learn, improving literacy, helping animals and pets, and even nurturing your green thumb. Here are a few suggestions of causes that could benefit from your time, experience, and skills in and around Fresno.
The Fresno County Public Library relies heavily on their over 450 volunteers to deliver the many services and programs they offer. They offer many different opportunities and work with each individual volunteer to understand your strengths, your passions, and the hours you’re available and willing to donate to the cause. There are special events and projects, like reading to children or doing genealogy research, as well as daily tasks like shelving and organizing books that volunteers may be assigned to. Weekly and monthly commitment periods are also available.
Fresno Unified School District also welcomes community members who want to donate their time and services. Volunteers can work directly with students and children to help tutor them in reading, help with after school programs, chaperone field trips, be a guest speaker in the classroom to educate on your career or business, or to help out and special events. The school district also has a mentoring program where mentors are matched with mentees and serve as a role model for the student.
The Central California SPCA is always looking for volunteers who are passionate about animal welfare. Those who apply will work with the organization to care for the homeless animals at the shelter, as well as be an ambassador who helps educate the community on responsible pet ownership. Volunteers need to be able to commit a minimum of 8 hours per month for the duration of 6 months to be considered for the position.
Fresno Humane Animal Services is another area shelter with volunteer opportunities. Made up of a team of top-notch veterinarians and area animal welfare professionals, volunteers at this organization can assist in a variety of ways with the day-to-day management of the homeless animals in the area.
Valley Animal Center accepts volunteers who want to come into the facility and socialize with the animals, as well as people who want to be involved in one of their five committees and advocacy groups.
Clovis Botanical Garden, located just outside of Fresno, has volunteer opportunities for anyone who loves nature, whether you have a green thumb or not. Gardeners can apply to help tend the grounds of the garden, and there are also indoor positions to help out at the gift shop, during special events, by giving tours, and with fundraising and education within the community.
If you’re looking for a fun way to pursue your passions and give back to the community, there’s no better way to do it than to volunteer for a local non-profit in retirement.
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