Volunteering gives me so much joy and fills me with purpose.
Linda Blacken grew up in an Army family that travelled a lot. She was born in Alaska but the family eventually made their way across the country before settling in Virginia. She now lives in New Jersey working as an editor for medical literature to help patients better understand the medicine they are taking.
She has also dedicated herself to volunteerism with the organization New York Cares. Linda says she likes the variety of projects she can get involved in thru New York Cares. She has also become a team leader with the organization training other volunteers to lead programs.
“Volunteering gives me so much joy and fills me with purpose,” said Linda. “I'm thankful. Volunteering provided me the opportunity to get involved in the special needs community. This is an area I probably wouldn't have had an opportunity to learn about otherwise, and it's one that truly touches my heart.”
Linda also logs the time she spends volunteering through Reward Volunteers. She learned of the Cabot program through longtime friend and 2014 Cabot Celebrity Beth Lehmann, who shares her volunteer time on Facebook. Once she learned of the program, Linda started logging volunteer time on behalf of her organization and sharing it online.
In her spare time, Linda likes to go to the theater and take in New York City Culture. She also was once a professional French horn player and still plays today!