One of the great benefits of retirement is having the time to get more involved in our community.
Sometimes that means indulging in a hobby we haven’t had much time for until now. Other times, it’s giving back in a meaningful way in an area we care deeply about. And sometimes, both those scenarios can merge in the most rewarding opportunities!
And it’s not only about enjoying an activity. Volunteering also brings a variety of benefits – connecting us socially, keeping our bodies and minds active and engaged, and helping us feel good that we’re making a difference.
Volunteering is an opportunity welcomed by the residents at Quail Park of Lynnwood, a comprehensive retirement community serving everyone from active retirees to those needing assisted living and memory care.
“We have quite a few residents who remain active and volunteering in the community,” says Quail Park’s Sue Rowell, noting that it’s an added benefit for local organizations that retirees can volunteer during the weekdays when others are often working.
“Some of our residents are continuing long-standing volunteer relationships while others have embraced the chance to explore something new in the neighborhood. And sometimes, they’re volunteering right here at Quail Park!”
Here’s a look at just some of the possibilities, right around the corner:
- Quail Park is a pet-friendly community, so for those who love helping animals, the PAWS Companion Animal Shelters and PAWS Wildlife Center are located nearby, caring for more than 7,600 cats, dogs and wild animals each year.
- Those with a background in construction or retail might like to join the team at Snohomish Country’s Habitat for Humanity, whose Lynnwood retail store is just a few minutes down the road. Not only do proceeds support the organization’s mission of “providing homes, community and hope,” but last year, donations collected and sold by the stores diverted 567 tons of waste from the landfill.
- Helping neighbors in need is a common thread among volunteers. Options in the nearby community include local faith organizations, the Lynnwood Food Bank, YMCA of Snohomish County and the Hand Up Project, providing wrap-around care for those struggling with homelessness and addiction.
- Love children? Opportunities include local non-profits like the YMCA, Clothing for Kids, providing free school clothing to lower-income students, and Step it Up Camp, offering engaging, active and empowering experiences for children of underrepresented neighborhoods in Snohomish and King counties.
Of course, there’s also ample opportunity to volunteer even closer to home. Quail Park of Lynnwood residents are welcome to volunteer to help with fun activities like calling BINGO and helping at events. Those with a green thumb indulge their passion for plants through the garden club, while others with musical talents entertain staff and residents alike.
No matter what makes your heart sing, there’s a volunteer opportunity to share the music!
To learn more about the possibilities awaiting at Quail Park of Lynnwood, or to arrange your virtual or in-person tour, call 425-329-3621 or click here to visit online.
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