Art of Aging: Volunteering Opportunities

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February 20, 2014 9:42:35 AM PST
For an hour every Thursday, you'll find senior citizens at the Klein Jewish Community Center in Northeast Philadelphia, huddled with children over books.

It's a more than a two decade old program called "Reading Buddies."

Lois Van Eerden from Reading Buddies, Inc. said, "Reading Buddies" is an intergenerational program for seniors and inner-city children.

And while books are the tool, the real goal is to build relationships.

One young Reading Buddy, Elli Danielle Bell says, "I like reading to Selma because it gets me to learn more about her."

It's a win-win for both the students and the volunteers.

"Each group thinks they're giving to the other. The seniors are giving to the children and the children are giving to the seniors," said Van Eerden.

"Being with a child, one on one, learning a little bit about their backgrounds, there's just as much to be gained as helping them with reading," added Donald Rosensweig, a Reading Buddy.

Phil Kaman, a senior Reading Buddy said, " It's just a great, great lift of being able to get out and help someone."

For Volunteer Opportunities, call 215-765-9040.


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