Retirement comes with many rewards, one of which includes having more time to enjoy life and special activities. Get involved in your community and help by becoming a volunteer. Your options include opportunities to work in historic museums and with the arts, alongside nature and wildlife, and lending a hand at the public library. This list of ways to volunteer includes a handful of our top favorites.
Bok Tower Gardens thrives because of the ongoing efforts of its many volunteers. Opportunities are available in a variety of areas including positions working indoors in the office or within the beautiful outdoor gardens. Help staff by being an information host and greeting visitors that come to the center. Assist with special events, be a plant shop assistant or work in the Blue Palmetto Café.
The Florida Aquarium welcomes volunteers to help staff with their educational programs and conservation work efforts. Opportunities include providing clerical office support and assisting staff with promoting special events. Volunteers can greet and help visitors and answer questions. If you enjoy working with plants, you can help by being a horticultural volunteer to maintain the botanical collection.
Volunteer opportunities at the Lowry Park Zoo include assisting staff with administrative duties such as data entry within the office. The Zoo can also use your skills to greet visitors and help with ongoing crafts along with special projects and events. Lowry Park Zoo also has a docent-training program for volunteers that would like to give presentations and provide assistance in operations and conservation.
Work within the historic Henry B. Plant Museum and volunteer as a front desk greeter, docent, or museum store assistant. Welcome and assist visitors in a variety of ways by answering questions and providing directions. Help customers with their purchases in the store and keep the shelves stocked with merchandise. All volunteers receive orientation and training to prepare them for their positions.
The Cracker Country Living History Museum is in need of volunteers to fill a variety of roles. Options include working as a historic area interpreter, store clerk, maintenance, heirloom gardening, model train displays, and more. If you prefer administrative tasks, you can help with office work and outreach efforts. Cracker Country provides their volunteers with training to familiarize them with their jobs.
Volunteers can share their time and skills at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in a variety of positions. Your options include working as an usher to greet visitors, answer questions, and to help them to their seats. If you enjoy customer service, the Center needs volunteers to help in retail operations. Clerical assistance in the Center’s office is another area where volunteers can lend a helping hand.
The Tampa Public Library is seeking volunteers to work with staff in a variety of positions. Job duties may include assisting librarians with day-to-day tasks and operations such as shelving books. You can sign up to be a volunteer tutor with the Hillsborough Literacy Council, which is an organization that works with the public library system to help the community.
Tampa offers an abundance of volunteer opportunities for retired seniors. Share your skills and your knowledge by helping out an organization in your community.
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