NRMLA’s focus this year is “Helping More People.” Each year now, our Annual Meeting & Expo inspires members to volunteer their time in the city we visit to support a local cause. Prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, members worked with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild a senior’s home. The following year, in New Orleans, volunteers helped clean up a portion of the wetlands outside of the city.
When Sarah Aaronson, NRMLA’s Meeting and Exhibit Manager, spoke with the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, looking for a volunteer project for this November, she was introduced to Tod Thorpe, Development Director, at the Curry Senior Center.
Started in the 1970s, CSC offers essential social services, such as free meals, free housing, and a free health clinic, and more than 40 different community programs and classes for a very diverse group of people. The bilingual staff speaks nine different languages, including Cantonese, Lao and Mandarin.
“Curry Senior Center gets people out of their homes, so that they don’t feel isolated,” said Aaronson. “They can come here to play games, have a meal, or just talk with their friends. It’s like a YMCA for seniors.”
CSC serves 350 people breakfast and lunch 365 days a year. There are 16 rooms available for very low-income seniors who otherwise would be homeless. There is a waiting list to get a room, but once someone is assigned a room, they can stay there for as long as they wish.
Please join your colleagues on Sunday, November 15 as we serve breakfast and lunch at CSC. Three shifts are available:
• Shift A: 7:00 am to 9:30 am
• Shift B: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
• Shift C: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
NRMLA is also soliciting donations ($25/person) to fund CSC’s distribution of Thanksgiving bags to its clients. Our goal is to fill 350 bags with non-perishable food items and word-search puzzle booklets. Volunteers are needed to stuff the bags during those same shifts. Members can donate $25 even if you are not able to volunteer.