Volunteers keep service and connections going
By Steve Seepersaud
It was so much fun, they went back to do it again. We're not talking about a second ride on a roller coaster; instead, it was "part two" for one of our Alumni Global Day of Service volunteer groups.
As she did for our inaugural event last year, Lindsay Kennedy '03 led a volunteer project in April preparing food at God's Love We Deliver in New York City. The organization has operated for more than 30 years, cooking and delivering medically-tailored meals for people with life-altering illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
Kennedy is at center of the photo above wearing hat, pictured with Jasper Chan, Coleen
Cohen, Cheryl Silverbrand, Lucy Tom, Heather Karmin, Jennifer Zhang and Bertha Ku.
Kennedy and the other alumni volunteers spent several hours chopping a seemingly endless amount of vegetables for soups and side dishes. That may not sound like a ton of fun, but don't tell that to the volunteers.
"All the alumni really hit it off with each other — from the moment we put on our aprons to the time the final potato was chopped. Everyone was chatting, talking and getting to know each other," Kennedy said.
Because they had such a good time together and felt inspired to reach out again and make a difference, the volunteers returned to the kitchen at God's Love about a month later.
"I think that the April service — as well as our follow-up visit — showed that one small thing done with compassion can truly have an impact," she said. "To work with a group of fellow alumni, from all classes and colleges, to improve the lives of sick people and their families was immensely rewarding."
Kennedy already knows she wants to lead an Alumni Global Day of Service project at God's Love in 2017. In the meantime, she's helping to keep these volunteers connected to each other and to the University.
"This project allowed me to meet and interact with fellow alumni I wouldn't have met any other way," Kennedy said. "We've had some interesting and fun conversations about our respective years at Binghamton and how the campus has grown and changed. [And, since May], I've been in touch with everyone to let them know about volunteer opportunities at God's Love. Those three hours inspired them to continue volunteering, and by giving so generously of their time, they're changing people's lives, and I think that's absolutely outstanding."
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