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... well, at least it asks me to do nice things. AOL — which owns my new employer, — recently asked its employees to find opportunities to volunteer in their communities. At Patch, we focused on helping the communities we serve — or, in my case, will serve — as part of our Give 5 program (see the "Giving Back" section here).

The region I'll be leading includes Morristown, N.J. (want to be its editor?), where there's no shortage of community groups already doing great work. The kind folks at the Community Soup Kitchen were nice enough to squeeze me in to their volunteer schedule today; they had me working at The Church of the Redeemer alongside volunteers from St. Joseph's Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, both of Mendham (hopefully, it won't be long before I can replace some of those with Patch directory links!).

In all, we served about 115 guests — which, from what I'm told, is nothing compared to a typical winter day, when the crowd swells to 160 people or more. Day in, day out, the CSK and the volunteer groups that support it are making a real difference in the lives of the guests who come for the kitchen's services — an appreciative and friendly crowd of people who could use a little extra help.

I look forward to being in touch with the CSK more in the coming months — these folks do good and often unrecognized work (though, fortunately, we at Patch will soon be in a position to do something about the latter).

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