by Angela Malizia
Meet Backyard Humanitarian, Rosie Burgos.
Rosie has volunteered for many BH projects that include; Soup Kitchen, Flag Planting, Collection Drives & more. We are grateful to have her on our team. Rosie brings smiles to people's faces and to their hearts when she sings at our BH Meals & Music lunch services at the Soup Kitchen. Watch a video clip here and read more about Rosie below.
1. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN PROJECT?
2011-2012 Coat Drive – I was going through a stressful time in my life & wanted to “do something”. I got involved w/BH through a friend. I didn’t have time to collect coats, but I was able to sign up at the time to hand them out at St. Luke’s. It was an uplifting experience to see what this organization was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it.
2. WHAT IS A FAVORITE OR MEANINGFUL BH MOMENT?
Singing at the Soup Kitchen w/my friends Tor Newcomer & Bill Nollman. They liked it too.
3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING A BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN?
What I like about being a BYH is being part of community that cares & doesn’t just say it, but means it. They say “actions speak louder than words”. This should be our mantra! Lol.
4. CAN YOU SHARE A SPECIAL BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN MOMENT OR EXPERIENCE?
Planting the American flag w/the VFW Post 9617 is very special to me. I have had family members, friends & have met some new friends that served in the military. I think it’s very important to honor them in life & in death. They are my Heroes.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY?
I love spending time w/my friends & family & singing.
6. WHAT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO YOU ABOUT STAMFORD?
I am born & raised in Stamford. This is my home. I have visited a few places, but this is where I want to be. Even though it’s a big city now, it still has a “small town” charm about it.
7. IN A WORD WHAT DOES BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN MEAN TO YOU?
by Angela Malizia
Do you have a passion for helping others? You can be a Backyard Humanitarian and join our Warm Coat Drive. We are collecting coats for people right here in our community - all ages, all sizes.
A warm coat is a vitally important need. Everyone should be able to have a warm coat, no matter what. Life is challenging. Hard times can fall on anyone at any moment. In these moments, there's an opportunity to do something kind and good. Right now is one of those times. Winter is on the way and you can help someone else directly. You can donate a warm coat.
Many Backyard Humanitarians have been working to help coordinate volunteers and pickups and also collect and donate coats to make this annual drive successful. Schools, groups, companies and local businesses have joined our team. This kindness in action lifts the spirit. You can be a part of it. Be inspired and inspire others. The rewards for your efforts will be felt by you, those who are close to you, the community and beyond.
Bring a warm coat to one of our community partner collection locations listed on our Backyard Humanitarian website. So far, BH Coat Drives are happening in various Connecticut towns; Stamford, Newtown and Easton and also in New Bern, North Carolina. You can see exactly where the coats are going. Please be sure your donated coat is clean and ready to wear because we want it to go right to its grateful new owner as soon as possible.
Do you want to help by volunteering? You can be part of the coordinating, collecting, sorting, delivering or giving. Would you like to have a BH drive of your own? Support one of the listed communities or we can have a BH drive in your community.
Do you need a coat or know of someone else who does? Email us to request your coat and coordinate. Our goal is to be able to collect enough coats to be able to give to everyone who needs one.
To get involved in any way or ask questions, email us at BHCoatDrive@gmail.com. All registered BH Coat Drives are listed on our website.
Let’s help each other right here, right now. Together!