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Baby Boomer Volunteers Make A Difference Through Engage In Westchester

Engage volunteers can be found all over Westchester.
Engage volunteers can be found all over Westchester. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Seymour Schreiber has been volunteering weekly for almost a year at The Sinai Free Synagogue’s Senior Canteen in Fleetwood through Engage of Westchester County, making a difference through volunteer work.

"Seymour has been a tremendous asset to the WJCS Senior Programs,” said Rabbi Andy Bossov. “At our Mount Vernon site, he joins us on Tuesdays to help engage participants in conversation (particularly those who do not go in for the pre-lunch seated exercise), and then assists with serving lunch.” Following the meal, he said, the participants enjoy a current events discussion led by two long-time participants.

“Seymour has become an active third partner in this invaluable offering, providing additional insights and topic suggestions which are appreciated by all involved. His bright and cheery attitude shines through everything he does with our participants and the staff.” UJA-Federation of NY's Engage Jewish Service Corps celebrated its first year this past November, and honored Seymour, among other outstanding volunteers. “He's quite a catch as a volunteer," raved Bossov. Seymour’s wife also volunteers and was honored as well.

The Schreibers were unable to attend the event -- they were busy volunteering. “Our group is having quite an impact on the volunteering landscape in Westchester County,” said Bob Koch, JCC on the Hudson Engage coordinator. “Our volunteers use their skills, expertise, passion and leadership to address Westchester issues such as poverty, hunger, education, helping the isolated elderly and those with special needs -- in a way that fits volunteers’ schedules and lifestyle.”

Collaborating with various agencies in Westchester County, Koch matches volunteers with one-time or continuing service opportunities that are fulfilling. Volunteers bond with other volunteers, and have the opportunity to participate in educational and fun events. To volunteer, contact Bob.Koch@JCContheHudson.org.

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