Stay connected and informed from home
The people behind a new website called Amava note that “experiences that connect us to others and produce authentic social ties are more important than ever.”
So, they bring older adults together virtually for engaging conversations (called “circles”) around topics of mutual interest.
For example, 10 people or so can “meet” to discuss pets, travel or even play charades online. Other circles might address topics such as caregiving, volunteering or something called “Designing Your Next,” a popular program that helps retirees and pre-retirees figure out their next meaningful experiences.
Not surprisingly, the site is attracting interest from hundreds of thousands of retirees and empty nesters throughout the country, especially during the pandemic.
Membership in Amava is free, and includes numerous highly varied opportunities for virtual volunteer “gigs,” ranging from being a Soldier’s angel (“adopting” family members of soldiers), organizing donations for fire victims, knitting for Warm Up America!, becoming a citizen scientist, and more.
There are also opportunities for flexible jobs, many of which can be done from home.
There is a modest charge for the interactive discussion circles, which are led by an Amava guide. Different circles cost different numbers of “credits,” typically one or two, though a particularly substantive program, like “refresh your resume,” costs 15 (including a one-on-one consultation). Credits cost $10 each; or 10 for $80.
Amava members also are eligible for discounts on multi-week classes offered by educational organizations. Free newsletters keep members up to date on new offerings of all types.
For more information, visit bit.ly/AmavaCircles and explore the attractive website.