Saturday, November 1, 2008

la vie est dure



w80th & west end avenue - map it here
Life is hard in the streets of New York City. It's an uphill battle. And there is something about someone carrying his entire life in a shopping cart, hunting for empty bottles to make a living, that commands respect.
If you have a free weekend, a few hours during the week, or just want to volunteer on a regular basis, New York Cares is a wonderful non-profit in NYC. They centralize a series of volunteer initiatives, each ones organized by a team leader (someone like you and me). Each month, they publish a calendar with all the volunteering activities: from preparing sandwiches at a soup kitchen, to raking leaves in the local park, to painting a mural in a high school, dancing with the seniors, helping writing a resume, et cetera, et cetera. The great thing about it is that it is very flexible: it can be a once a year thing, once a month, or every week, really what you have time for. It is also a great way to discover different neighborhoods of the city. There's no reason why helping out shouldn't be fun too.

9 comments:

Kitty said...

I didn't know NY Cares had so much going on. For some reason, I only associated it with the Coat Drive they advertise in the winter.

Living on the street must be so impossible. I cannot imagine.

Becky said...

What a great idea! If I lived in NYC (or anywhere near there instead of all the way on the other side of the country), I'd check it out for sure. Thanks for sharing "New York Cares" with us.

Chuck Pefley said...

Sounds like a terrific program. I'm wondering if there is something similar in Seattle? Have to check that out. And yes, it is sobering to see a person pushing their life in front of them in a shopping cart. There but for the grace of ...

ken mac said...

a good tip.

Olivier said...

dure sujet, la vie est en dure et des fois cela va si vite..un sujet que j'évite de traiter, peut être de peur qu'un jour...........

Bergson said...

J'ai l'impression que les gens sont de plus en plus tenté de remplacé les défaillances de la société.

Mais non Olivier on te laissera pas tomber

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Un post et un message plein d'espoir....dans l'adversité l'homme est aussi capable du meilleur pour son prochain....

Ming the Merciless said...

I volunteered at God's Love, We Deliver for over 5 years and New York Cares comes in every weekend to help. It is a great organization.

I no longer volunteer at GLWD but I still help them raise funds by participating in their Race To Deliver walkathon.

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Great and touching document Eliane, thank you.