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Getting involved and giving back

Lately, I’ve been noticing a trend amongst seniors in the news—they’re giving back to their local communities and helping in out-of-the-box ways.

A group of pro-active seniors in Burlington, Wash., for example, are helping fight crime with the town’s new Citizens On Patrol program.

“So far our volunteers have already spotted a house that was broken into,” Officer Tim Van Dyken, community resource officer for Burlington police told this week.

The help from seniors is especially important as it comes at a time when budget cuts are the norm.

Another story that sparked my attention this week is one out of Chillicothe, Ohio. During the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center’s Fall Senior Citizens Day, senior citizens helped students hone their skills. Cosmetology students cut and styled hair and offered pedicures and manicures while automotive technology students performed oil changes at a discounted rate, reported the Chillicothe Gazette.

Jeff Phillips, director of communications and community relations at the school, said the biannual event benefits both the students and seniors.

Are you looking for a way to get your loved one involved in the community? It’s never too late! Visit Volunteer Match—a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities in your local community.

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