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Savannah Lakes Village Makes A Difference

Savannah Lakes Village

Makes A Difference 
 

     So, you are newly retired and are considering a move to the beautiful and welcoming Savannah Lakes Village, but maybe you are wondering what you might do with all the extra time you’ll have on your hands once you’re here. Most SLV residents find that they have absolutely no problem staying busy, between all the fun activities, clubs, and volunteer opportunities that are available to residents. Fun fact - did you know that people over 50 years old who volunteer just two hours weekly actually live longer than those who do not volunteer at all? People who regularly volunteer in their communities are generally more physically active and healthier than people who do not volunteer. 
     In addition to adding years to your life, volunteering can be highly beneficial for retired individuals for the following reasons:
     Sense of Purpose: After retirement, many people experience a loss of the sense of purpose that their work provided. Volunteering offers a new sense of purpose and fulfillment, allowing retirees to feel that they are contributing to something really meaningful.   
    Mental and Emotional Well-being: Staying active and engaged in volunteer work can help combat feelings of isolation, depression, and loneliness that some retirees can experience. Social interactions through volunteering can boost mental and emotional well-being. 
    Physical Health: As mentioned above, volunteering can involve physical activity, which can help retirees stay physically active and maintain their health. This can include tasks like gardening, helping with community events, or assisting with local projects.

    Skill Utilization: Retirees have a wealth of knowledge and skills acquired throughout their careers. Volunteering allows them to utilize and share these skills, contributing to the betterment of their communities. 
    Community Building: Volunteering fosters a sense of community and connection. Retirees can build new relationships and strengthen existing ones with fellow volunteers and community members, again reducing feelings of social isolation. For new residents of SLV, this can be a great opportunity to make new friends as well. 
     Role Modeling: Retirees who volunteer set a positive example for younger generations by demonstrating the value of giving back and being active contributors within their communities. This can inspire a culture of volunteerism in families throughout their communities.
     So, now that you know why it is so important to volunteer in your community, what volunteer opportunities are available for Savannah Lakes Residents you might ask? The area offers numerous opportunities to contribute and make a positive impact. While specific opportunities may vary over time, here are some common types of volunteer opportunities that SLV residents in the area can explore:
     Local Schools: McCormick County Schools are always looking for people to volunteer as tutors, mentors, or in the classroom to support students' educational needs. You can also help with after-school programs or special events.
     Habitat for Humanity: Assist in building or renovating homes for families in need within the community or help out at the local Habitat for Humanity store.
     Food Banks and Pantries: Sort and distribute food to those in need.  This is especially important to help combat food insecurity in the community.

     Animal Shelters: If you’re an animal lover, consider volunteering at the McCormick County Humane Society.  Many SLV residents volunteer here by assisting with pet care, adoption events, or fundraising. 
     Library Assistance: Volunteers help with reading programs for local school children, shelving books, or organizing community events like book club’s or children’s story-time.
     Civic Organizations: Become a member of or volunteer with local civic and service organizations like the Lions Club, Rotary Club or the VFW to support various community initiatives.
     To summarize, volunteering within your community is important for retired individuals because it not only benefits your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, but it also allows you to continue contributing to society, maintain a sense of purpose, and build fulfilling social connections. It’s a win-win situation where retirees and their communities both gain from their involvement. Volunteering can be a very rewarding and wonderful way to stay engaged in your community, make new friends, and give back to the new place you will soon call home here in Savannah Lakes Village!

By: Erin Hill

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