Volunteering as Ushers Leads to Lessons in History, Meeting Others

Nick B. (along with his mom, Kavitha, not pictured) and Stonewall A. volunteered as ushers for a Minneapolis Theater performance of "The Story of Ruby Bridges." This volunteer opportunity was found via Doing Good Together's email subscription service to Twin Cities monthly volunteering  opportunities.

Nick B. (along with his mom, Kavitha, not pictured) and Stonewall A. volunteered as ushers for a Minneapolis Theater performance of "The Story of Ruby Bridges." This volunteer opportunity was found via Doing Good Together's email subscription service to Twin Cities monthly volunteering  opportunities.

Your Story: My son, his best friend and I volunteered as ushers for "The Story of Ruby Bridges" and it was a learning moment for all of us. None of us had heard of Ruby Bridges but her story [as the first African American to integrate a New Orleans school] left an incredible mark in our minds. My son and his friend are impressionable third graders that don't have to face the harsh reality that Ruby did at such a young age, but a play like this exposed them to what divisiveness for the wrong reasons can lead to. In a political climate currently that is partisan and in need of desperate togetherness, this was a play that served as a reminder that we are all human and need to support each other regardless of color, religion or otherwise.

We found this unique opportunity to usher through the organization "Doing Good Together" via an email sent out with volunteer opportunities in our area. As ushers we were able to connect with parents whose children were actors in the show and with community members that care about giving back in any way possible.