A friend of mine was so infatuated with his impending retirement that he counted the nanoseconds until he could punch out for the last time. His “I can’t wait to do this” list was endless; his vivid images of a stress free life had the rest of us working stiffs green with envy.

And was retirement all that he dreamed of? Not so much. Oddly enough, he's often bored  - and actually misses the office (sometimes). His brain, he jokes, is turning to mush.

It happens to the best of us. But, there’s a way to keep those brain cells from standby status: sign up at ReServe Miami, which matches professionals age 55 and older to Miami nonprofit organizations, public institutions and government agencies that need extra help.

It’s a win-win: Public and private agencies get specialists eager to help their communities - and retirees not only lend a helping hand, they make a few dollars. (The part-time positions, from 10-20 hours weekly, pay $10 an hour).

This service program, operated by Catalyst Miami, offers a myriad of options: empowering youth, writing grants, fielding hotline phone calls, marketing, teaching financial literacy and GED prep, installing new software systems - and more. It's a lifeline for continuing professionals to give back to the community and public agencies that need their expertise and skills,” explains Daniella Levine, CEO of Catalyst Miami. “And it’s a heartwarming experience for everyone.

You’ll be in good company: ReServe also operates in New York City, Maryland and Newark.

Ready to sign up? Visit the organization’s Website,  After applicants register to attend an orientation session and are approved for the program, they can begin searching for assignments.

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Linda Haase

Linda Haase, Seniority Matters' guest blogger, is a veteran journalist and a member of the indomitable Sandwich Generation. She is currently a freelance writer for the Palm Beach Post, AARP Bulletin, Boca Raton Observer and other publications.  When she's not writing,she likes to enjoy quiet time at home, dreaming of the day she can sleep past 5 a.m.

Linda may be contacted via email at lindaprofiles@gmail.com.

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