Jack Lanzi’s Service Reflection

I went with the Upper School Choir to sing at Grand St. Settlement for the elderly.  We also handed out cookies and made snowflakes with the members at Grand St.  Settlement to decorate their recreation room for the holidays.  Grand St. Settlement is part of the Baruch Elder Services Team (BEST) as a supportive service for seniors.  Seniors can come to Grand St. Settlement to meet with other people in their age range as well as stay mentally and physically active while having fun.  There is a wide variety of volunteer work available at Grand St. Settlement that include home visits, program activities, and escorting.  You can contact Grand St. Settlement by calling them at 212-982-4171 or faxing them (if anyone still faxes) at 212-673-3552.  You can also contact Grand St. Settlement to work with a partner organization to assist in the Head Start Program.

I had so much fun volunteering at Grand St. Settlement.  The seniors were engaging, witty, and lively.  There was one senior in particular who came up to dance as we were singing.  Tucker’s surprised face was priceless as she danced over and gave him an enthused hit on the chest.  Another member came up to the choir and led us in a song.  I assisted a very sweet member of Grand St. Settlement as we made paper snowflakes.  I taught her how to fold paper hearts and she taught me how to make paper reindeer, a process I will probably use next holiday season.  I was touched when the senior I worked with took one of the snowflakes I made and slipped it in her book to decorate her room with.  The seniors were so sad when we had to go, but I knew after all the fun I had that day I would definitely come to volunteer again.

2 thoughts on “Jack Lanzi’s Service Reflection

  1. The time spent with the seniors at Grand Street Settlement was full of surprises. I too will never forget Tucker’s face when the woman danced over to him and pounded his chest. Jack you had such a wonderful demeanor with all the seniors. You have a very engaging personality and an enthusiasm that is infectious. The social workers were talking about you even that next week when I called to follow up on our visit. I’m glad you saw that woman tuck your snowflake into her book. It reminds you that such small gestures of kindness on our part can have such larger meanings to others. I look forward to serving alongsdie you again soon. 🙂 Leitzel

  2. Jack,
    I am a member of the service learning committee and I came across your post. I was interested in your post because I live very close to the center and I know a few seniors who go there. I loved your enthusiasm, compassion, and joy that came across in your post about your experience. What a simple task as making snowflakes that helped bridge new friendships across a few generations. I hope you will go back.

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