Always United

Retirement is an exciting time full of transition, change and new opportunities. Whether you're planning for this adventure or have already embarked, United Way is here to help you on your journey. Always United provides you with the resources you need to make the most out of your retirement, plus ways to stay active in your community.

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Always United Blog Series

Do you ever feel unsure about the next steps you need to take for your life and career? Wondering what resources are valuable and how are others happily living in retirement? We will share stories of people just like you who are making a difference in their community while successfully living in retirement.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Now that you’re retired, you can help your community in ways you’ve always envisioned, but maybe didn’t have the time for. We can connect you to fulfilling volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and passions. From helping children better their reading skills to helping file taxes for our neighbors in need, you can make a major impact by investing your time in our community.

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Never Stop Learning

United Way of Central Indiana prides itself in educating the community about important issues. From leadership and board development, to poverty simulations, to training seminars for local nonprofits, United Way strives to strengthen our community impact work through educational opportunities.

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Retirement Risk Solutions

Let's discuss "Longevity Risk". Since we cannot predict how long we will live, it can be a challenge to secure an adequate stream of income for an unpredictable length of time. How will you make your money last?

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Volunteer for Indy Free Tax Prep

Indy Free Tax Prep is a network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites that offer free tax preparation to individuals and families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less. Volunteers are essential. The number of trained and dedicated volunteers directly affects the number of residents who can be served.

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Why I Decided to Retire United

"In my retirement, I chose to stay connected because I found United Way offered the best of both worlds for me. United Way understands that each person’s retirement journey is different. Some employers offer robust programs for their retirees, but for many people it’s hard to find the right opportunity. United Way could be a great fit as you consider staying active and involved throughout your retirement."

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Board Positions

Use your skills, professional expertise and knowledge to help fight for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of every person in our community. Nonprofit organizations need talent like you on their board to help them address issues, solve problems and contribute ideas. You can make an everlasting difference by adding a board leadership role into your retirement plans. Thinking about joining a board? View questions every prospective board member should ask before agreeing to an opportunity.

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Leadership United

Leadership United offers an impressive 75 hours of leadership and board development training filled with leadership development retreats, community issues workshops and board education. During the nine-month term, participants commit to approximately 10 business days of training, or roughly one day per month.

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Continue Your Annual Gift

You may have given through your company's campaign in the past but if you would like to continue your gift during retirement, there are options! Please contact Lisa Busse for more information about how you can continue to give in a way that works best for you.

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Mike Becher on How to Retire Wild, Happy and Free

Mike Becher shared wisdom from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and his own retirement planning process to encourage attendees to think beyond the financial aspects of retirement. By exploring the mental aspects of retirement, attendees were prepared to move from apprehension to anticipation in their own retirement planning process.

Retirement Resources

Have you ever wondered where to start when planning for your retirement? Here are a few resources that come highly recommended from United Way of Central Indiana donors and volunteers like you, who’ve made the transition to retirement. Share your favorites with us!

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Publications and Articles

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life -- interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.

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Younger Next Year

These are the books that show us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury.

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Your Retirement Quest

Your Retirement Quest brings all the elements that are essential to living a fulfilling retirement together in one place. The book enables both prospective and current retirees to envision their future, to develop a personal plan that is unique to their life circumstances, to implement that plan, and to keep it fresh throughout their retirement years.

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Beyond Half Time

Wisdom and Support for Your Halftime Journey Since the publication fifteen years ago of Bob Buford’s award-winning and newly updated and expanded bestseller, Halftime, more than half a million men and women have made the halftime journey from success to significance. If you are contemplating that journey yourself or have already started, Beyond Halftime is for you.

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Don’t Retire, Rewire

A recent AARP survey found that 80% of baby boomers plan to continue working in some form past the age of 65—either for the money or for the fun of it. Today's retirees are looking for work situations that are mentally and emotionally rewarding. The problem is that many are not sure how to find them. This new edition helps you define what kind of work is best suited for your passions and interests, and guides them through the process of obtaining such work whether it's a part-time job, volunteer work, or a second career.

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Mike Becher on How to Retire Wild, Happy and Free

Mike Becher shared wisdom from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and his own retirement planning process to encourage attendees to think beyond the financial aspects of retirement. By exploring the mental aspects of retirement, attendees were prepared to move from apprehension to anticipation in their own retirement planning process.

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How to live passionately - no matter your age

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

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How societies can grow old better

There's an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It's no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders -- some better, some worse -- and suggests we all take advantage of experience.

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How to live to be 100+

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

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Retirement Resources

Social Security Administration

Visit this page to create a My Social Security account to access information on your benefits and rest easy knowing you’re in control of your future.

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Find providers, access information on how Medicare works with other insurance and request further information about your Medicare options here.

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AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

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CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is a nonprofit agency providing information, advocacy and support services for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers.

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Leaving a Legacy

What are your passions? What causes do you support? Let your dedication and passion for our community create impact for generations to come by leaving a legacy gift. This allows your name to live on as an investment in our community, enabling everything you stand for and support to continue well into the future.

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