Retiree Veronica Carter on Helping Both Community and Family

September 8, 2017

This Q&A is part of our Retire United blog series. Check out previous interviews with Bev Jurkowski, Scott Pavelchik, Dennis Sell, Jim Angresano, and Reid Engstrom.

Veronica Carter is retired from the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin, where she served as a Program Specialist in Community Disaster Education. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Veronica has been involved with United Way for 20 years, including multiple years as a Loaned Executive.

What is your favorite thing about your involvement with United Way?
The comraderie with other volunteers who come from diverse areas of employment, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.  And, most noticeable is the wonderful staff who are so knowledgeable, helpful, and appreciative of volunteers.

How do you invest your time and energy in retirement?
I devote most of my time as caregiver for my son who suffered a stroke two years ago. Throughout this process of recovery, I have met wonderful people with expertise, skills, and knowledge in areas that I never had a clue about. I took this opportunity to learn as much as I could, in order to provide the best care possible.

From the perspective of a longtime Milwaukee resident, how would you change your community?
I would like to change the rise in criminal activity. Unfortunately, it’s not just in my community but everywhere. It makes people feel uneasy about venturing outside of their homes. I don’t have the answer, but it is a huge concern of mine.

What is the last book you read?
“He’s Not Done With Me, Yet”, author is Darrien De Walt (my nephew).

What advice do you have for young professionals?
Find a professional organization to get involved with that your employer promotes. Always volunteer and give back to your community. United Way is a great place to start!

What about for those who may be nervous about being bored in retirement?
There are so my opportunities for retirees, if you want to get involved. It does not have to be boring unless you want it to be. Before retiring, start searching for opportunities that might be attractive to you; paid or volunteer! You will be surprised what’s out there. Above all, enjoy your retirement, you deserve it!

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Retired or soon to retire? Learn more about how Retire United can help make this time in your life meaningful and exciting!

 

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