2018-09-07 / On Second Thought

Staying involved after retirement

Contributed by Betsy Kleinfelder, Historic Columbia


Volunteers at the Mann Simons site Volunteers at the Mann Simons site One of the biggest questions people have when they retire is “What should I do now?”

Volunteering for a local non-profit like Historic Columbia can be a great answer to that question.

Many of our most successful volunteers are individuals who have recently retired and are looking for ways to stay active and engaged.

Some volunteers, like Paul Armstrong, have always had a strong interest in history, but never had the time to delve into that passion during their professional career.

Paul joined Historic Columbia at our January 2018 orientation, months before his planned retirement in June 2018. He wanted to begin preparing himself in advance of retirement, so he could begin leading tours as soon as possible. He has quickly mastered walking tours of Main Street and The Vista, assisted with tours of Elmwood Cemetery, and has helped at multiple special events.

Last year’s “Newcomer of the Year” award went to another recent retiree, Rosemarie Sach. Soon after retiring, her neighbor introduced her to volunteering with Historic Columbia.

She quickly learned tours of all four of our historic house museums, helped with visiting school groups and volunteered at our quarterly Happy Hour program. She was eager to stay busy and gladly volunteered to lead tours four to five times a month, as well as fill in at the last minute, as needed. Her commitment won her an award and led her to meet new, fun, and interesting people.

Volunteering is always a great way to stay involved and active in the local community, no matter where you are in your work life.

To learn more about the benefits of volunteering with Historic Columbia, attend our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation Monday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seibels House, located 1601 Richland Street.

This orientation will introduce you to the numerous volunteer opportunities available, give an overview of the training process, and the important impact volunteering has on Historic Columbia and the local community.

To register or learn more, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call 803-252- 1770 or email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org.

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