Wednesday, March 29, 2023



RVers find volunteering adventuresome and fulfilling

Photo of Randy and Sandy Reed: Kaija Swisher/Black Hills Pioneer via AP. Click to enlarge.

Many couples, after going fulltime in their RVs in retirement, find volunteering a fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. Take for instance Randy and Sandy Reed. The Reeds are fulltime RVers who describe themselves as the adventurous type. They spent five years living on a sailboat when they were first married and have sought out volunteer placements as they travel, writes Kaija Swisher for Black Hills Pioneer and U.S. News, a website that lists federal, state and local volunteer placements, included a summer placement at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish, South Dakota. Volunteering for the summer, they assist visitors in the Pond Shop, rail car, museum and more. This is their eighth volunteer placement since they retired two years ago.

“Each summer, several campers in RVs pull into the Volunteer Village at the Spearfish City campground. In 2018, license plates are visible from South Carolina, North Dakota, Connecticut, West Virginia, Georgia, and Oklahoma,” said Karen Holzer, executive director of the Booth Society, the nonprofit friends’ group that supports the hatchery. “Upon their arrival, they learn about and explore the historic venues on the hatchery grounds…and are ready to meet the hatchery’s 160,000 visitors.”

Placements vary in length, and the Reeds try to have their next year planned out. Following their time at the hatchery, they will spend time working on a Habitat for Humanity build in New Mexico. They hope to spend next summer in New England, a part of the country they have yet to see. Read the full story here.





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