Friday, April 23, 2010

Volunteers Are Truly Golden

They say that "40 is the new 30, and 50 is the new 40." If that's true, then what does that mean for "60 and beyond?" In decades past, the retirement and "golden years" represented a period in life when our most active days were behind us. Yet nowadays, increasing numbers of seniors and retirees are devoting countless hours to volunteer activities that leverage the skills they developed in the workforce, and provide both social and personal enrichment to their lives. Here at the Food Bank, many retirees and seniors assist us with everything from challenging administrative work in the front office, to the rigors of processing deliveries and sorting donations in the warehouse. Our warehouse staff depends on the enthusiasm and tireless efforts of volunteers like Jim Kennedy and Dave Pratt; and recent retiree Bob Tousignant has become an invaluable asset to our Moveable Market program. As we bring this year's National Volunteer Week to a close, we'd like to extend a warm, "golden" thank you to the members of our community who have chosen to volunteer with us as their post-career, career! You are appreciated!

"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."
- Winston Churchill

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