Urban Granny

A Seasoned View of Urban Life

Mar-19-2009

Volunteering is good for the soul

Painting Fences at PS 282 in Park Slope, Brooklyn

 Every fall New York Magazine  runs an article about volunteer opportunities. You would be amazed at how many organizations put an age limit on volunteers. Our own city government is the worse example. New York City publishes volunteer opportunities monthly, most do not allow for anybody over 54. New York Magazine listed New York Cares, you know it as the coat drive people, but actually it provides over 5 thousand hands on opportunities monthly. They also love having 50+. I have looked at the listing every year but for some reason I finally acted on my impulse to do something different and helpful. It is easy to participate, seamless and you feel so exhilarated when you have finished. I have tutored computer, delivered meals to homebound elderly, painted paper Mache giraffes in Harlem and beautified playgrounds on the upper Westside.

Hands on opportunities are really good for the soul. It feels great to give back.

 

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