Here are some ways Lifelong Learners engage in meaningful community service.
The Institute for Continuing Learning (ICL) at Young Harris College in Georgia is an excellent example of engaging in both lifelong learning and community service. This excerpt is taken from an article in their spring newsletter, written by Lucy Scofield.
Almost all ICL members are great volunteers. They all have “causes” and they give freely of their time and enthusiasm. With most, it has been a way of life ever since we sold Girl Scout cookies and such when we were young.
ICL itself is non-profit and totally dependent upon the active support of its membership. We teach, organize, keep books, publish bulletins of course schedules and write this quarterly newsletter to the membership. This is necessary for the group’s survival.
However, there is another side to the lives of ICL members. We participate in so many different activities that it is impossible to name them all in this space. But here is a sampling of activities in which members have recently participated.
- Working with the American Cancer Society
- Activities in Habitat for Humanity
- Involvement in the Friends of the Library
- Volunteers at the Union County Nursing Home
- Active in the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition
- Volunteering at the Union County Chamber of Commerce
- Teaching reading and math to detainees at the Colwell Detention Center
- Delivering Meals on Wheels
- Giving of time and talent to SAFE, the shelter for abused women and families
- Hospice volunteers
- Devoting time to the Mountain Shelter’s Humane Society of Union and Towns Counties
According to a Mayo Clinic Health Letter from 2001, studies have shown that older adults who volunteer live longer than their peers who do not volunteer. Now that’s a very compelling reason to get out and give a bit of your talent and experience for the greater good.