Volunteering shifra mincer
“Volunteer work has taught me to appreciate my own talents and the gifts that I was given.”

—Shifra Mincer

Shifra Mincer (in her own words)
I was raised in New York City where I saw the homeless shivering from cold every winter. In sixth grade, a teacher offered to bring some students to a homeless shelter after school. I went with my friends and the teacher for several weeks, but when they stopped going together I continued to volunteer. Because I knew how to sew, I was asked to help out with the sewing kit if any guests requested some repairs. Throughout high school I continued to come each week after school, setting up my sewing kit that had now grown quite large. I got to know the guests who came regularly and I also got to know their clothes: the jackets, the shirts, the pants, and the shoes that were given to me with gaping holes and sagging seams.

In high school I started a sewing club with my friend and we taught our fellow students how to sew. We made heart-shaped pillows for sick children and the elderly. In college I continue to volunteer at our fully student run homeless shelter, UNILU.

Volunteer work has taught me to appreciate my own talents and the gifts that I was given. With my own hands as a young girl I had the power to repair someone's coat and keep him warm. Every time it rained I would think about the umbrellas I had sewn and suddenly I would appreciate that I was lucky enough to have a home. In the future I hope to continue helping others as much as I can. It is the most fulfilling and most important thing I have ever done.

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Anonymous MAY 16, 2022
thank you

Ella C. OCTOBER 5, 2021
Wow.. That is so so kind of you to do. Especially starting at a such a young age?! Much better than the standards of today, now people don't even try. I'm almost finished with High School, and I can tell you that they are super important years to do service work!

Jenna Herritt from Kent state APRIL 14, 2020
Thanks,Shifra for making me feel like I can do all kinds of talents.

Josh from Indiana DECEMBER 25, 2018
Wonderful example! May we all have that kind of heart....

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
So inspiring

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