Summer is fleeting. It seems like only yesterday we were making plans for vacations, summer jobs for the kids and prioritizing outdoor projects.
Over the summer at Mission Services we’ve been preparing for the busy fall/Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. We’re also focusing on the needs of people who are taking a new journey on the road to self-improvement via a new education or learning program we offer.
I recently read about the large number of baby boomers who, like me (I turned 62 this year), will be retiring in the next two years and taking the skill sets they’ve built up over a lifetime of work with them. For those looking for a challenge to keep themselves active why not consider contacting community service agencies such as Mission Services to explore rewarding volunteer options. You would keep yourself engaged with people plus receive tremendous fulfillment.
More people sign up for education courses in September than any other month. This is another option to remain engaged with younger people and learn new skills. Recently I have started refinishing antique radios from the Golden Age of Radio, 1925–1950. I find it very therapeutic to refurbish the wooden cases, but this year I intend to learn about replacing and repairing the electrical components, a new venture for me. It is my small effort to learn more about a rewarding retirement hobby.
Learning and volunteerism go hand in hand. This September is Continuing Education Month, which further reinforces the connection between September and the back to school urge many of us still retain.
As thoughts of a long lost summer romance run through your head I hope that you will consider making this September the most rewarding in many years by learning something new and researching volunteer options in our community. I invite you to check out the Mission Services web site for volunteer options.
Better still call and request a tour of our new Community Opportunity Centre in downtown Hamilton.
Who knows, it will be a learning opportunity for sure and just maybe the catalyst for you to invest your skills and time as a valued volunteer.
P.S. If the lights dim in Ancaster and Dundas this fall, you will know it’s probably part of my electronic training.
— Barry Coe is director of resource development for Mission Services of Hamilton.