Volunteer: Make a Difference
Saturday, January 26, 2019
When regular employment has vanished, I find volunteering important to maintain contact with the world, particularly parts of the world I'd otherwise ignore. Feeling that I'm making a difference is the key to motivation. I'm looking for social contact and a sense that I'm spending my time in a way that is helpful.
Right now I have two lines of effort going - I'm teaching AARP driver safety courses that folks often take because they can generally get a discount on their car insurance, and I'm helping veterans take advantage of some of the digital tools that the Veterans Administration makes available to them to manage their health. Both activities seem productive, but I want to expand each to involve others and get more done. A third line of work, inactive now, will be promoting safe bicycling for seniors.
Expanding the projects and getting more done becomes a new project on its own. First step, for me, will be trying to identify some new locations where the driving course might be taught, and then some new instructors to fill those places. It's a goal...