Seniors are some of the most generous people I know. They like to give. They’re proud to be able to contribute to worthy causes and a recent Statistics Canada survey proves the point. Tax filing Canadians age 65 and over donated more money to charitable organizations in recent years than any other demographic. They donated more and their average individual donations were bigger than those of any other age group. Seniors are generous and they’re also smart. Donating to a recognized charity or organization which issues tax receipts serves two purposes: it reduces the amount of income tax one has to pay and it also lets the donor do some good by helping those in need.
Being able to support causes and initiatives you believe in is good stuff at any age, but in your retirement years it can be particularly fulfilling. Whether it’s being generous with your money if you’re in a position to or generous with your time, tapping into that desire to give and to be a part of something bigger than yourself can be really special, for both you and your community.
Northumberland County has a population of about 86,000 residents, a quarter of whom are in the 65+ crowd. A lot of those seniors are active, energetic people who want to volunteer their time. Lucky for us there is no shortage of worthy organizations or groups looking to add to their ranks. There are service clubs like Rotary and Lions. There’s the volunteer radio station Northumberland 89.7FM. The good people at Beyond the Blue Box and Greenwood Coalition are always happy to greet new volunteers as are countless other groups. The well of opportunity is deep for those who want to give.
I want to leave you with one of my favourite quotes on generosity. I think it’s perfect. “Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.” Anonymous.
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