In the summer of 2009, Stacey Cohen, a life-long New Yorker, responded to President Obama’s call to service to help revitalize local communities. In her search for a place to volunteer, Stacey found Met Council on a government website.
“The work of Met Council really appealed to me,” says Stacey, “since they provide so many different types of services that reach so many people.”
Because of her artistic skills, Stacey began to volunteer for the Sunshine Greeting Card Program that has volunteers make cheerful greeting cards for homebound and socially isolated senior citizens. Since that time, Stacey has made over 150 greeting cards and volunteered over 100 hours.
“To me the most rewarding part of being a volunteer is that through the Sunshine Greeting Card Program, I know that I am touching the lives of people who I haven’t met and who I may never get to know,” says Stacey.
There are currently 83,000 Jewish seniors in the New York region that live alone, 25,000 of them have no adult children living in the area. Volunteers like Stacey Cohen make sure that they don’t feel as alone and isolated.