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Did you know that there are organizations who supplement their staff with volunteers, offering free room and board? All you need do is get there! Second Career Volunteer details how pre/post retirees, Boomers, unemployed college graduates, and those displaced by the current financial upheaval can get-out-and-give back within their budget while sharing their skills. Whether one week, one month or one year, single or a couple, this lifestyle allows travel, camaraderie, and adventure, irrespective of finances. Come join me!

Make 2016 your year of compassion and sharing, a year to get out and give back…..







CNN Interview: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2013/10/28/retirees-travel/index.html

Click on CONTRIBUTOR tab (menu bar above) to access an excerpt of published contributions to: The Disenfranchised … stories of life and grief when an ex-spouse dies.  So pleased on publication for my friend and writer colleague,, Peggy Sapphire. And, The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, Jan Cullinane (AARP).

**Later Life Story contest winner! The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL) in Boulder, CO ran a Later-Life Story Contest and I won! Nice prize too. This article appeared online in Forbes , PBS Next Avenue, and other venues. I am thrilled to share the news, read the article on the FORBES website, or Google Forbes, Alan Hall, Contributor.


This website is a showcase of fun “on my road”. Hope to meet you along the way.

SCV Blog March 2016

Ah, the joy of Spring in the North Carolina mountains…..

Crepes and Tamales!

Crepes and Tamales!

…and, you know I will be investigating my surroundings. Walked the balmy, hilly streets of Black Mountain yesterday, a cozy, charming town with local crafts, a friendly Visitor Center, plus a unique restaurant, La Guinguette Creperie, with French & Latin cuisine (see left). Delicious.
Why am I here? In 2014 fellow volunteers at Heifer texted about BMH (Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families). On a visit in January, I toured a picturesque 200-acre campus to hear that BMH has been caring for abandoned, abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Western NC since 1920’s. BMH serves youth from birth to college through loving residential care, education and independent skill programs such as bike/motorized cycle maintenance to prepare for life in the “real world”. Future plans include culinary arts. How great is that! BMH is faith based and ethnically diverse. The BMH Annual Report states 73% of budget goes to programs; 19.5% to administrative costs. Dedicated staff and dorm parents offer a home environment and spiritual guidance. I am pleased to have been invited to volunteer at this special place.


BMH Campus

BMH Campus

Next issue, I will report on the architectural walking trail of Asheville and, of course, my visit to the Biltmore. Looking forward to their gardens.
Parkinson’s update: Stress remains a Parkinson’s patient’s enemy. The BMH environment is relaxed and enjoyable. Current volunteer needs are library and maintenance (or whatever you wish to offer). Comon’ down.
Barbara 🌷🌷🌷

There are two ways of spreading light: be the candle or the mirror that receives it. Edith Wharton