On Tuesday, June 26, Americans all across the country will discover the same thing as Sony Pictures Entertainment's program "Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer" celebrates the hero in all of us.
On that day, people of all ages in cities across the country will come together to give their time and energy to help their neighbors and the day will support Stand Up To Cancer, which funds accelerated and innovative cancer research.
www.BeAmazing2012.com to register for specific volunteer activities in our area.
There will be a wide range of volunteer opportunities in each city and some way for everyone to help their community. For example, in New York, volunteers will be able to help out at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, or a children's program at Common Cents in Staten Island, or a community garden in the Bronx, or lend a hand to the Leary Firefighters Foundation, among other projects.
On the day of the event, with the support of NYC Service, the cast of the film, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Denis Leary, will join thousands of New Yorkers to volunteer at locations throughout all five boroughs.
Citymeals-on-Wheels (www.citymeals.org) raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company.
Last year, our family of contributors helped us bring 1.7 million nutritious meals to 16,918 frail aged in every borough of New York City. In addition, more than 1,200 volunteers collectively spent 42,000 hours visiting and delivering meals to New York's frail aged.
Citymeals funds 33 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. One of those agencies is the Encore Community Services based out of St. Malachy's church.
Dan Mannarino visited the Encore kitchen as volunteers prepare meals for those in need and spoke to Beth Shapiro, executive director of Citymeals-on-Wheels.