I have been a volunteer for over 25 years and it has been the most rewarding experience. The people at HAI are so wonderful and totally focussed on helping the disadvantaged.Even though they started out helping hospitalized children their mission over the years has expanded to include so much more.Recently they used ther buses to take volunteers to Rockways to help Sandy victims.
I am a new volunteer at the HAI Saturday Art Studio and I relish my time working with this group of dedicated artists who come here each week to connect through art making. I am continually blown away by the art that comes out of this nurturing and supportive environment and am so grateful to be part of this program. As a working artist I find this experience has enriched my own practice by experiencing so many new ways of thinking about art.
HAI is an excellent service organization filling the needs of so many NYC residents. I've personally had the opportunity to volunteer for a large number of their programs across all of their departments and have seen the significant impact that their services have on individual lives. Their after-school programs provide a much needed outlet for hundreds of students at schools throughout the five boroughs, giving them the opportunity not only to express themselves but to learn about new forms of expression by attending plays and performances in this culturally diverse city. Their arts workshops are probably my favorite program. They provide a Saturday Workshop with free materials to individuals with little to no training and who have often been marginalized because of mental illness. I value the time that I've spent serving with HAI, and the positive impact on communities throughout NY that I've personally witnessed as a volunteer with their services. I will undoubtedly continue to serve with them in the future.
I have been a volunteer art instructor at the HAI Saturday Art Studio for almost 3 years, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I often feel that the workshop participants have taught me far more than I have taught them. As an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher at Parsons the New School for Design, I have found my practice immeasurably expanded through volunteering at HAI. The enthusiasm and creativity of the participants has opened up my thinking about visual art more than I would ever have imagined. Most importantly, I feel like part of an extended family. It is an honor to be part of it.
Five years ago a friend recommended HAI (Hospital Audiences) as a great venue for volunteering. Since I finally had some time to donate and to “give back”, I started volunteering at HAI. My goal was to provide my services to others by facilitating their attendance at cultural events and thus enhancing their lives.
Little did I know that, thru my years of volunteering at HAI, my life would also be enhanced and enriched!
There are no words to describe my joy at watching someone in wonderment as they experience, sometimes for the first time, a cultural experience which they never would have gotten to see if not for HAI.
I hope to continue to see first- hand the benefits experienced by the community which HAI serves for many years to come.
HAI has a program for blind and visually impaired people. They describe live theater and when I volunteer for example at the Radio City Christmas show and the kids go up to the describer afterwards and hug them and tell them how much the enjoyed the show, I know I am doing a great thing. Way to go HAI
HAI provides a invaluable source of entertainment and cultural education for our city's under-served and handicapped communities. A diverse array of events are offered to the members of HAI and as volunteers, we have the pleasure of providing admission to these activities, while being able to engage in a very personal and intimate setting. I have had the pleasure of enjoying dance recitals, baseball games, and community dances with our community and have shared their moments of joy and excitement. The HAI program truly makes everyone's lives a little better.
I retired in 1997 and for 3 years I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my spare time. The first year of my retirement my husband took ill and passed away. Therefore I had even more time on my hands.
I met up with my cousin's coworker at a family function, and knowing that I used to arrange theater groups, he told me that he volunteered for an organization called Hospital Audiences (HAI). He told me the functions of a volunteer and how they help distribute tickets for events to groups that come from hospital facilities for the physical and mentally disabled, and it was like I had an ephiphany. I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my spare time.
I went for the interview and got the job as a volunteer. I have been volunteering with HAI for over a year and it has been a wonderful experience. I couldn't have worked for a nicer group of people.
The joy on the faces of the people we serve is a reward in itself as they enjoy the different events that are scheduled.
I try to volunteer on a average of 4 times a month because I know that many of these residents look forward to these outings.
I am also pleased that I also enriched my own cultural experience as a volunteer and I get to take my granddaughter with me as my guest to share in the cultural experiences.
I love volunteering for this agency. After 40 years of working at a job because I had to, I am finally doing something that I love to do and helping others enjoy this experience as well.
I have been a volunteer for over 20 years now and the reason I keep volunteering is that everytime I help Hai I get immediate gratification from seeing the joy on the faces of the charity participants.
Unfortunately although New York has so many wonderful live events the cost of attending is way beyond the means of the people being serviced by HAI. It is wonderful to see cheildren experience a live event for the first time and just as wonderful when a senior that thought it wouldn't happen again experience it.
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