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  • Writer's pictureFrank Finamore

From Frank ... | June 4

We all find happiness in helping.

This week I had the opportunity to visit with a member, who like many, lives alone and enjoys her home of many decades. She needs a little help, here and there, but is amazingly independent and resourceful.

In the course of our conversation, however, she said, “I’m just not used to all this help. I’ve always done things on my own.” I reassured her that I was helping her just a little but that in return I could also use a little help. She was quick to say, “Great, let me know what I can do.” So, the next time we have packets to create for our apartment “ambassadors” who get our information out within their building, I know who I am going to ask to help me!

Over the past few months, it’s become clearer to me that we are an intentional community. That is, we purposely gather, in-person or online, to help one another in some way. Some members and volunteers plan social outings, others host lunches, deliver our paper newsletter (to those without internet), plan volunteer appreciation events, call others to check-in periodically, or even set up a way for people to donate used eye glasses and hearing aids. My point is that there is something for everyone to do as a means of contributing to the greater community.

If you’re a member or a supporter and want to volunteer, visit our website to learn about volunteering. If you don’t see something that you’re interested in doing, but have a special skill, send us an inquiry via the website and we’ll figure out how to best use your talents and skills.


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