While some people remain active in their chosen career field after retirement, others prefer to try something different and follow where their heart leads them. That path often includes becoming a volunteer.

There are many groups throughout the Atlanta metro area that are always in need of people willing to donate their time and talents—local churches, senior centers, animal shelters and libraries, for example.

Volunteermatch.org is a website that offers a good start. The site serves several cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, by helping volunteers connect with the causes they care about. Several area organizations, as well as local counties and cities, post their volunteer opportunities on the site.

Here are some other websites that list out worthwhile volunteer opportunities.

Cherokee County


Cobb County


City of Decatur

decaturga.com (under City Government, City Departments, Community Development/Quality of Life, Volunteer! Decatur)

Fulton County


Gwinnett County

gwinnettcounty.com (Under Departments, Community Services, Volunteer Opportunities)

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.