by Mo Rocca
October 3, 2013
Growing up, most of the volunteering I did was not voluntary: I assisted at a day care center before receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. I visited with the elderly for my high school’s service requirement.
It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I began volunteering voluntarily. That’s when I became a mentor with Open Doors, a program started by the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein that matches professionals who’ve worked in the theater with small groups of New York City high school students new to the theater world.
I brought my students to six stage productions a year; they were exposed to a lot. But I learned more from them than they did from me.