Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Giving Spirit of Elders

Elders make a difference in the world -- from remote villages, to urban centers. From a column I write, "By The Way We Give:"

The giving spirit of volunteers can bypass age, prejudices, and even personal grief. A case in point is Wayne Smith, one of many local poster “children” for community service and volunteerism.

I don’t mean to make today’s column about Smith, but regardless of his 87 years, his political points of view and the loss of his beloved wife, Gloria in 2015, Smith has picked up the pieces, gathered the wisdom of experience and aims to keep Joslyn Adult Recreation Center’s (JARC) finances in the black today and into the future.

Like many of Cambria’s older volunteers, Smith falls under the headline of a recent Pew Trust report about the importance of elders in society, “The Opportunity of the 21st Century: Getting More From a Longer Life.” Citing The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela, the essay’s author explains, “In traditional societies, elders always had a role in conflict resolution, long-term decision-making, and applying wisdom where it was needed; now in our global village, we need our global elders.”

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/cambrian-opinion/article206828134.html#storylink=cpy

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