In giving through volunteering, I have discovered that you get back far more than one can possibly give. I am a member of the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti. Our group participates in volunteer work on and off campus. Some of the activities are helping out in the grade schools, visiting people in nursing homes, and interviewing students for health services careers. One of the most satisfying things I have done is to help staff the welcome posts for new students arriving on campus in late August. It is a pleasure to put a welcoming face on Cornell for parents and students as they arrive. And the smiles and appreciation from these guests makes all this effort a pleasure.
Many times we lament how the world seems to have become less aware of the needs of others. However, I am encouraged that many of us that are retired still have the energy and enthusiasm to give something back. Keep up the good work guys!!