Hello to All!

Though these last few weeks have been beyond challenging, I would like to focus on 'you' -- as an individual and collectively as a community -- and recognize that the month of May is Older Americans Month .

The theme was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers and neighbors every day.

Communities, organizations and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year's theme highlights the difference everyone can make in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

Throughout the year and not just in difficult times we have a tremendous cohort of volunteers who generously give of themselves. In fact, last year we counted 4964 volunteer hours provided to the senior center by older adults.

In addition, we also have many high school students that volunteer their time serving meals, instructing seniors on how to use the computer, engaging in meaningful conversations and more! They can volunteer anywhere and choose us!

There are countless people -- too many to name -- that comprise the volunteer hours number reflected above. And beyond the 'official' hours, there are even more time that we provide informal support to our neighbors, friends and families. From picking up needed items at the supermarket, to dragging the recycling bin to the end of the driveway and back, to helping a caregiver get some much needed respite as they care for an individual with dementia, the list goes on and on.

So let us reflect on the innumerable contributions that older adults make to our lives and community. How will you leave your mark?

Generosity does not always refer to how much money you give, however important, generosity of the heart and spirit is what make us a rich community.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do to make our senior community and the South Brunswick community as wonderful as it is.

My Best,
Caryl Greenberg
cgreenbe@sbtnj.net
732.329.4000 x 7682
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