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Second Career Volunteer Paperback – 2009
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Planned to retire but had to postpone due to less income than anticipated? Don’t change a thing! You can retire on a limited income and still live those dreams of new places and different faces.
In Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement, you will share work experiences through interviews with volunteers living their dreams. You will learn how to volunteer with organizations that offer free room and board in exchange for workplace skills. All you need do is get there! You choose the destination, responsibilities, and length of service while residing within a multigenerational community of like-minded colleagues who understand that it is time—time to enjoy, explore, and still contribute time and talent—without spending a lot of money. Com’on along!
"The perfect book for anyone yearning to make a difference in their retirement while living on a budget!" - Prill Boyle, Author of Defying Gravity
Barbara M. Traynor considers herself an expert on volunteering since she has been living a volunteer retirement lifestyle for five years, contributing her skills as an Administrative Assistant to non-profits. With Social Security as her only income, she has stitched moccasins in Alaska, canoed through alligators in the Everglades, and hiked the picturesque Buffalo River in Arkansas.
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I gave it to 12 of my soon-to-retire friends, and I'm really eager to see where they are in 5 or 10 years - and where will YOU be? Read this book, and you may find out!
Though Traynor notes that as our population ages, many elderly people feel isolated, suffer from depression and feel their lives unfulfilled and limited by fixed incomes. If you are one of them, her book is for you! Traynor's theory is that volunteering, using your free time to help others, can enrich both your life own and your pocketbook.
Some people think of volunteering as unpaid work, and reject the whole idea. But Traynor points out that it might offer a stipend, or lead to opportunities for part-time work and help fill the gaps in the fixed income department.
Traynor points out opportunities for aging baby-boomers to learn new things, to follow a dream abandoned during their years in the workforce, to fill their hours and lives with things they have always wanted to do, without having to spend their life's savings to pursue those dreams. A lifelong desire to travel, may translate to a term in the Peace Corp, for instance.
Traynor's book is filled with interviews of upbeat, people who talk about the positives and problems of their own volunteer experience, share many tips on how to stretch those fixed incomes to cover daily needs. Within its pages are lots of money and time-saving tips from people who taken a long look at their real problems and found innovative solutions.
-- Arline Chase, author of GHOST DANCER, Killraven, and the Spirit Series.
The book overall gives new hope to those of us wanting to volunteer, and possibly travel, on a limited income. The interviews with people that have taken the plunge and moved outside their comfort zone are inspirational. Traynor shares her perspective and experience in a way that is both interesting and informative.
The big surprise for me was how valuable the appendices are, even if you are not as adventurous as Traynor. The self evaluation and questions to ask when considering a volunteer opportunity are very helpful, the section on documents summarizes information we all should have, whether we are ready to retire or not. This book would have saved me a lot of time early in my retirement. And then, the icing on the cake; Barbara Traynor has provided a great bibliography and lists dozens of volunteer organizations with their web sites.
Great holiday gift for your friends that are thinking about the next phase of their lives.