For many senior sage leaders, what motivates them and the benefits they receive from their civic involvements are one-in-the same—helping others:
The greatest benefit comes from seeing families turn around their lives from drugs and acquiring parenting skills.
Take Habit for Humanity as an example. I work with a group of friends I have made within a Habitat construction crew. We go out and hammer nails and get a lot done while also having a good time. Best of all, we are helping families to have a nice home. What can beat that?
There is a fourth benefit that senior sages identify from their civic involvements, and it is community betterment:
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I feel I have been able to give back to the community that has given so much to our family.
I hope I am bringing value to organizations that are contributing to the overall benefit of the community. When I first came here I saw what people were trying to do, and I’m proud of living in this area. I’ve always been one to practice what I preach, help out if I can to make the community even better. I volunteer for both little things and big things.
I believe nonprofit organizations improve the quality of our community life, and that’s why I find my work with them fulfilling.
My wife and I have been involved with others in growing the arts, and 32 years ago there wasn’t much here. Now the arts are flourishing. Yes, our main theatre, which I loved, closed, but we still have three or four other active theatre companies. And we have two premier and very active musical organizations, leaving aside the other music organizations here that seem endless. So we have a community that is physically beautiful, somewhat remote, but has a rich cultural life.