A challenge to retirees

Andria Flaherty

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau

If you’re retired or thinking about retiring, Jim Schoppenhorst has a challenge for you.

“There are retired folks my age out there with time on their hands,” he says. “We’ve been given a lot in life. It’s time to give back.” Schoppenhorst is a volunteer at the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB).

At LAYSB, more than 100 volunteers help youth and families. Some work in the LAYSB office. Others mentor, plan fund-raising events, teach life skills or share a hobby. A few listen to first-time, low-level offenders who need positive adult role models and the opportunity to make amends with their victims.

“Retirement is time and space for the next chapter in life, a chance to engage in your community, escape your comfort zone, make a difference,” says LAYSB volunteer Christy DeWitt. “Happiness multiplies as you share it with others.”

Volunteers say the rewards for their work are the satisfaction of helping others, active involvement in the community and friendships formed through volunteer work.

To volunteer your time and talent for LAYSB, call 651-464-3685.

LAYSB is a non-profit organization serving the communities in the Forest Lake Area School District and all communities in Chisago County.