Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Make Time To Help Your Neighbors - 90 Day Essay Continues

Now on a typical Saturday, you would usually find me and the Executive Publisher recuperating from the rigors of the working week on the sofa, catching up on Columbo reruns -

But this past Saturday, I had the very real pleasure of sharing my time and energy (along with some amazing folks) to help my neighbors.  Now as many brand managers know (because I am constantly putting the touch on them for donations), I work for a non-profit organization that provides support for folks in need (low income, homeless, recently arrived to the US) known as NSCAP - North Shore Community Action Programs.  My particular role is as the Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development.  In a nutshell, we provide English language and jobs skills training to give folks the skills they need to enter the workforce. But we are a bit different in that we also put a heavy emphasis on soft skills (resume writing, interview skills, dress for success), as well as robust job placement assistance.

And in a perfect world?  That would be plenty ; )  But we are living in extraordinary times, and this Saturday found me helping out with the pop-up health fair/COVID-19 testing event that we hosted -

A lot of local partners gave of their time and resources to help - the event was organized by the Peabody Rotary, with huge support from North Shore Medical Center, North Shore Physicians Group, No Child Goes Hungry, The YMCA and Citizens Inn Haven From Hunger.  So a big shout out and tip of the Tempus Fugit hat to everyone who came out.  And yes, I availed myself of the free COVID-19 testing and am happy to report a clean bill of health.

Over the past 8 months, time has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us. For Wendy and me? I think we appreciate it more, we savor it more. We're not in a hurry.

Enjoy your watches, and enjoy your time - don't just spend it, share it!

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