For those of you about to embark on a quest of superiority with us, here’s some information about our trip to the Bronx Little Sisters of the Poor! We are so excited to have you all on board.
If you’d like to know more about your coordinators Sam Martinelli and Bree Potter, check out this link: http://buasb.com/bronx-lsp/2012/11/01/greetings-from-the-cocos/
We will be traveling by public transit (bus) to New York and from there find public transportation to the Bronx. We will not be making any stops on the way and our trip will likely go for about 5 hours. There is no long van ride and we will not be renting out any vehicles from BU. Keep in mind that we will be traveling through public transit and should be mindful of the fellow passengers around us.
-Keep in mind that the Bronx is still COOOLLLLDDD in March, so make sure to bring warm clothing! e.g. jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, layers, warm socks
-Enough clothes to wear for upwards of 9-10 days. We will be leaving on Saturday, March 9th and returning Sunday, March 17th, so make sure you have enough clothes for that much time.
-Sister Raymond (our site contact) has requested that we all dress “respectfully,” meaning no short skirts, torn jeans, obscene shirts, or dirty/wrinkly clothing. Don’t wear anything you wouldn’t want to wear around your grandparents!
-We will be provided with beds with mattresses to sleep in. However, it is necessary for us to bring our own pillows, sheets, linens, etc. You can substitute these things with a sleeping bag if you wish, as long as you have something warm to sleep in!
-Towels/toiletries. We will have showers at our housing! (just make sure to bring shampoo and soap)
-Any kind of medicine/medical treatments that you might take daily are important to bring along with you!
-Bring a small amount of money, just in case. Normally, volunteers pay for their dinner on days of travel (Saturday, March 9th).
-Do not bring large electronics (e.g. laptops, matter transporters)
Service–Little Sisters of the Poor:
Little Sisters of the Poor is a worldwide non-profit organization with locations all across the globe. LSP is dedicated to servicing and helping poor elderly men and women. Little Sisters of the Poor is one of the oldest Catholic organizations in the world (but, just to be clear, this trip is NOT a religious trip by any means). Our location is a shelter for elderly people where they provide housing, food, and care. Our service might include helping out in the kitchen, various administrative jobs, groundskeeping, and interacting socially with elderly residents. We do not have a day to day run-down of all of our specific responsibilities just yet, but our days will likely involve the previously mentioned jobs. As soon as we find out more, we will provide updates.
In addition, our hours will be from 9:00AM to about 3:30PM Monday-Friday.
Sites and Attractions!
We have yet to plan which fun outings we will do, but here is a list of possibilities:
-Tour of Yankee Stadium
-Trip to Times Square
-30 Rock (go to the TOP OF THE ROCK)
-Metropolitan Museum of Art
-Natural History Museum
We can’t promise anything just yet, and many of our decisions about what fun outings to do will be a gametime decision so everybody can have a say about what we’re doing!
Saturday, March 9th – Depart Boston in the morning
Saturday, March 9th – Arrive in New York in the afternoon, take public transit to the Bronx!
Sunday, March 10th – Touristy things in Bronx/Manhattan (TBA)
Monday-Friday – Service from 9-3:30
Saturday – More touristy shenanigans!
Sunday – Depart Bronx, NY for Boston!