Holiday Reflections from a Community Volunteer Corps Participant

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Thursday we spent the day at the Hollywood Senior Center, where we are always greeted with smiles. The first thing I noticed was the exercise class that was going on in the big area. It was nice to see seniors taking care of themselves.

We were able to help the Center with their holiday set-up. They had a party to get ready for and we were there to make sure the place was ready. We trimmed the tree and hung decorations throughout the Center. We were able to help with every request. I organized things in their Thrift Store while others cleaned the kitchen, cleared leaves off the roof, cleaned up outside, organized magazine racks, and did general clean-up.

You could tell that the seniors really appreciated the help. They always interact with everyone and seem to enjoy our group’s age range. When we left they were extremely thankful.

I think we made their day. That’s what Community Volunteer Corps is about – giving to all.

Chris O.

Community Volunteer Corps provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to people in CCC housing. Over a three-month period, participants volunteer for 80 hours learning new skills, improving work habits and preparing themselves for permanent work. Successful completion earns people a small stipend, a letter of recommendation, a graduation ceremony and connection to CCC’s Employment Access Center services.