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Re: Volunteering

Posted by pontormo on September 2, 2017, at 10:51:41

In reply to Volunteering, posted by baseball55 on August 29, 2017, at 18:52:38

In New York, there's an umbrella organization that has lots of volunteering opportunities, and I've found that you actually can do them-- that is, they need volunteers of good will and good standing-- I don't think a shoplifting arrest without conviction 35 years ago would be disqualifying-- and don't ask for a cv and interview etc-- it was a refreshing change from my prior efforts to find volunteer work.

There are food kitchens, pantries, libraries that need help sorting or shelving, etc, conversation with those who need help speaking English or reading with young kids, going to "senior" (a concept that in my mind needs to be retired, so to speak) centers and doing activities with older people.

I finally ended up tutoring for the SAT with high school students who couldn't afford to take the usual Kaplan courses. I can't say I made new friends, although I did meet some cool people-- but then I'm not good at making friends until I spend a lot of time with people, I guess-- That particular project required a fair amount of work, but it was enjoyable and sort of stimulating. (I may do it again, but am not sure.)

I wonder if there's anything like that in Boston. The organization was called New York Cares.




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