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Volunteers Can Save Lives

April 3, 2013 in Engaging Wisdom

Summary:

  • Jerry Leener gave up his accounting career and became a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, seeking to give back, have freedom of time, and join a community.
  • His transformation sounds like a perfect recipe for a volunteer working to increase the Aging Services Network’s ability to serve.

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As we talk about how volunteers can learn new skills and help expand aging services, consider the story of Jerry Leener, recently profiled on Today with Jane Pauley as part of AARP’s Life Reimagined project. Formerly an accountant, he decided to retire to spend more time with his family.

In trying to decide what he wanted to do in retirement, he made a list of priorities that included “giving back, freedom of my time, working with a community of people, and never wearing a coat and tie, ever.”

He took 18 months of training and now, at age 65, is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. It’s challenging in part because it’s a second language to him, so he’s constantly learning.

His transformation sounds like a perfect recipe for a volunteer working to increase the Aging Services Network’s ability to serve—someone who is

  • Active,
  • Enjoying a challenge,
  • Working a flexible schedule,
  • Sharing extensive skills,
  • Enjoying the community of others, and
  • Giving back to others in need.

And someone whose skills can be a lifesaver to people who need help.

I invite you to take a look at the video, and let us know what you think in the Comments.

To find more perspectives on volunteering, scroll through other Engaging Wisdom posts.

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