UW Retirement Association

Encore Toolkit

Your retirement can be a time of fun and fulfilling exploration. Take a look around your community. You’re sure to find meaningful ways you can contribute your skills and expertise.

Here are some basic tools to help you find your encore focus and create a plan to move yourself along. Click here for a blank Encore Exploration Plan that you can fill in as you try out the exercises and advice you’ll find on the pages described below. (Here is a filled-out Encore Exploration Plan Example.)

Self-Inventory – Who are you, and what do you want?

  • Values
  • Strengths
  • Interests

Begin your self-inventory

Community Inventory – What are the needs, and how can you help?

  • Finding an opening
  • Confirming a fit
  • Evaluating and re-evaluating

Explore your community

Resources – People, places and tools to help you get the information you need