Fifteen years ago, David A. began a fresh chapter in his life. Newly retired from a career in finance and human resources, he joined RSVP looking for “a really great, positive use of my time. A way to serve people.” Volunteering at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea was the perfect fit. He’s been there ever since.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen—one of hundreds of sites around the city that partner with our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)—serves a hearty, nutritious meal each day to about 1,000 hungry and homeless New Yorkers. The soup kitchen also offers guests refuge from the streets, a safe place where they are welcomed, and connection to additional services.
The need is great. Years after the official end of the “Great Recession,” hunger and food insecurity remain at critical levels across New York City. Says David, “We have to be extremely coordinated, everybody knows their job. We have a regular corps of volunteers. It’s very hands-on here.”
David urges everyone age 55+ to find out what volunteering with CSS RSVP could add to their lives: “You’ll get a real good feeling, You’re contributing something, giving back, making a difference in this world. You’ll get a lot more out of it than you put in.”