Do You Work or Volunteer? Tell Us Why.

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

The Explorer group is asked to give a short summary of what they do for work or volunteering, and why. There are a wide variety of responses:

  • SF Botanical Gardens volunteers have flexible hours and are well appreciated, doing many jobs from landscape maintenance to hothouse worker and even being a docent.
  • Police department citizen volunteer training at the SF police academy (neighborhood emergency recovery assistance).
  • Ushering at several local theaters and other performance venues to help out and to enjoy the performances.
  • Friends of the SF Library volunteer time either at the storage facility or the bookstores (Judy laughed that she couldn't stop taking books home).
  • 'One Brick' - offers volunteer opportunities for short-term building and maintenance projects, and is attractive because of the variety of venues and skills needed as well as the value added to needy projects.
  • Cat Town - is an east bay organization that recruits foster homes for cats - all supplies are provided until a cat is adopted or goes back to cat town following a foster home stay.
  • Climate Change solutions include refrigerant management, and one member supports the North American Sustainable Refrigerant Council.

As the discussion develops, another member works as an actor in commercials, film, and television productions as well as volunteering for a food bank.

More volunteer opportunities include the ASPCA, the V.A. Hospital, and the Juvenile and Family Court systems. In conclusion, the group is reminded of "Giving Tuesday," which directs people to many additional charitable organizations offering volunteer opportunites.








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