At age 67, Lucy Lang was a widow, with grown children living on their own. She contacted the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, thinking she would spend an hour here and there visiting with our residents to keep busy and give back. Twenty-four years later, she is still volunteering at the Hebrew Home, and has shared countless hours with our residents, reading stories, sharing common experiences, and simply listening. What began as a casual drop-in turned into an incredibly rewarding experience of personal fulfillment for Lucy.
An average of 10,000 people will reach age 65 each day during the next twenty years. In addition to spending time on the putting green or learning another language, retirees' time would also be well spent creating or continuing their legacy by volunteering.
According to Linda Fried, Dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, older adults constitute the only increasing natural resource in the entire world. Our community benefits from the wealth of knowledge from our older volunteers who bring with them enriching professional and life experiences. Volunteering is more than just a way to pass the time. It provides physical and mental health benefits, including lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, and reduced depression and isolation.
Lucy is just one example of the many older volunteers who visit the Hebrew Home during their post-retirement years. Our volunteers give of themselves and get so much in return.
To learn more about volunteering opportunities at the Hebrew Home, email our Volunteer department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 718-581-1404.