There’s no better way to become engaged in a community than actively taking steps to improve it. This is exactly why a motivated group of 20 au pairs and their two Area Directors enjoyed an afternoon volunteering at a local donation center. In what was the fourth consecutive year, au pairs of Westchester, New York offered the Sharing Shelf a helping hand by sorting new and gently used clothing generously donated by their host families.
“The best way to learn more about one of Westchester’s most vital volunteer programs is by rolling up your sleeves and helping out” note Birgitte Stoerger and Barbara Brown, Area Directors for AuPairCare.
The Sharing Shelf - Family Services collects, sorts, cleans, and packages a week’s worth of donated clothing to be distributed to children, infants and teens in need throughout the Westchester region. Local social workers later pick up the bundled packages and help distribute to local children. With so many gracious donations, the process of sorting and cleaning requires a lot of bodies and a good deal of time. Therefore, Area Directors Bridgette and Barbara found this to be the perfect opportunity to bring together their two groups of au pairs and offer 20 sets of hands to assist. Au pair Miska from Poland voiced how impressed she was that the Sharing Shelf is run by volunteers! The group had a wonderful afternoon working together, laughing and enjoying one another’s company, not to mention the positive vibes everyone was feeling about helping their new community.
Au pair Ina from Sweden mentioned “it is a great opportunity to help out and to do something good for the Westchester community. Since we take care of kids, we know how important clothes are for them.”
Other au pairs such as Ana from Brazil shared similar positive feelings, “The children we care for have lots of different clothes, but other kids in the area aren’t as lucky. I think it’s important to help provide these children with clothes which are still in a very good condition.”