When you're ready to enjoy your golden years, what you devote your valuable time to is essential. Whether you love to relax on beautiful beaches or are fond of creative pursuits, Destin, Florida, is a prime destination for a beachfront home during retirement. However, many people wish to spend their free time giving back to the community, and it can be a challenge to find the right nonprofits and charitable organizations that need their help. Here are a few places in Destin that would love to have volunteers for local good causes.

Where Can Retirees Volunteer in Destin, Florida?

1. Henderson Beach State Park

This state park consists of more than a mile of breathtaking white-sand beaches. The area provides beach access, nature trails, and picnic areas for locals and school field trips. 

Their volunteers assist in answering questions about the park's resources and collecting entrance fees. If you love conversation, people-watching, and beautiful vistas near your beachfront home, Henderson Beach State Park could be a perfect fit.

2. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 

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This nonprofit organization was founded in 1995 as a tribute to the late Destin matriarch Mattie Kelly. They organize educational activities and cultural events to keep the arts community alive in Okaloosa and Walton counties, and their volunteer program allows individuals to assist at events or serve as artist mentors. 

If you love being around creative minds, volunteering at this foundation could be particularly rewarding. You could elevate your own talent or foster a new artist at the beginning of their journey.

3. Feline Friends of Destin

If you're more of an animal lover, volunteering to rescue and care for cats and kittens could be the perfect use of your time. As a member of PetSmart® Charities, the organization's mission is to foster and find homes for stray cats. Through their spaying and neutering program, you'll also enjoy your role in controlling the population, reducing the number of animals that can't be matched up with loving families.


Find the perfect real estate investment to enjoy your golden years as you pursue your passions and help the beautiful community of Destin, FL. Reach out to Vicki Matthews - Coldwell Banker Realty - Destin/30A. This local Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and will help you locate your dream luxury condo or beachfront home in the Florida Emerald Bay area. Visit the website or call (850) 502-9571 to speak with Vicki about your retirement goals.