The holidays is a season to look forward to presents, food and spending time with those we love, but it is also the time to give thanks for what we have and to help the less fortunate. This is why every year millions of Americans volunteer to help others in any way they can. In 2010, 62.8 million adults volunteered almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations, and the service was valued at almost $173 billion! Imagine how many lives were changed, and how many more we can change in 2012.
This year I participated in the Thanksgiving week event at the Bowery Mission. Founded in 1879 by Alfred Ruliffson, it currently serves more than 900 meals each day of the year. We arrived at 227 Bowery St. around 9AM and sat around one of the round tables, to wait for the rest of that day’s volunteers to arrive. [Read more...]