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Volunteering For Seniors

Volunteering for seniors gives the opportunity to meet others, flirt and do good.


How can seniors find love and romance? Volunteering is an excellent way for sexy, savvy seniors to meet new people and form meaningful connections with others. Not only does volunteering provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, but it also offers the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals and potentially find new friends and romantic partners.

Volunteering can take many different forms, from working at a local food bank or animal shelter to participating in community events and programs, mentoring programs, or local organizations that do good on a regular basis. Some of the best volunteer opportunities for seniors are also the most likely to put you in the path of other fabulous men and women doing good–potential romantic partners with whom you have a lot in common!

Please see our idea guides below for all the resources and suggestions you may need to get volunteering, meeting, mingling, and dating with other caring mature adults.

Volunteering for Seniors Has Many Benefits


Regardless of the specific type of volunteering, the benefits for seniors (besides the possibility to meet someone to date!) are numerous. For one, volunteering can help seniors stay physically and mentally active, which is crucial for maintaining good health and cognitive function.

By the way, several USA organizations we personally LOVE – LOVE! Where seniors can volunteer to help care for cats and dogs (and meet great people):

Chicago, Illinois: The Anti-Cruelty Society:

Palm Beach, Florida: Peggy Adams:

Additionally, volunteering can provide a sense of belonging and social connectedness, which is especially important for seniors who may be living alone or have limited social support. Sometimes the charity organizations you choose will even have annual galas and special events where volunteers are invited, which opens the social whirl even more (and an opportunity to dress up!).

What are the most rewarding volunteer opportunities?

The most rewarding are where you feel good in some way afterwards (emotionally, or physically if it involves hard work). You should feel “rewarded” by the activity itself if you have donated your time, energy and attention to whatever cause you are supporting.

Besides the obvious purpose of doing good, if you are coming into volunteering in order to meet a special someone, it’s important to be open to new experiences and willing to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s important to consider whether the particular volunteering activity will provide enough contact with other members that you may feel attracted to. Don’t accidentally choose a volunteering activity where you’re asked to work from home on your computer! And…for example, if you detest cats and would never wish to be around them, don’t choose a cat charity where you’ll meet only cat lovers!

Putting yourself “out there” may mean trying new activities or attending social events where you don’t know anyone at first. While it can be intimidating and maybe feel “clique-ish” at first, total strangers can quickly become total friends. Establishing a flourishing social life involves a proactive approach to showing up and slowly forming meaningful connections with others (including the person of your romantic dreams!).

One great little idea (that may take some courage to execute) is this: toward the end of the volunteering day, propose to your group an “after” outing to a nearby coffee shop or drinks place. It’s guaranteed that other volunteers are probably yearning as much as you are for more social connection and to cap off the event with something relaxing and fun.

Three Volunteering Organizations for Seniors To Explore

AARP’s “Create The Good” organization provides volunteering opportunities for mature adults
Americorps Seniors
Americorps Seniors: for 55 and older volunteers.
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Please see our articles below on the endless ways mature romantic seniors can enjoy the many benefits of social connectedness and companionship that come with volunteering. Prefer to try speed dating instead?

Our articles on Volunteering for Seniors, and How To Flirt and Do Good at the Same Time