Volunteer Stories: Bob Wasserman

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As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Bethel Woods relies on the generosity of volunteers who give their time, talent, and attention to our organization every year. We are so grateful for their contributions as they are a huge part of what makes our organization so special.

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, learn a little bit about some of our volunteers, their interpretation of Woodstock, and how you can get involved!   

Meet Bob Wasserman, who has been a volunteer at Bethel Woods for six (or seven) years...he's lost count!

What keeps you inspired?

“I love Bethel Woods, it’s a great place to be. I volunteer with great people, and that’s it. It’s important, let me just say, it’s important to be charitable. If you can’t give money, which I can’t, I can give my time, and that’s important.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.”

What does Woodstock mean to you?

“I wasn’t here, too young, I was 11 years old when Woodstock happened. I didn’t know about it until after the fact, but what I’ve learned about Woodstock is it was a place where people could come, all kinds of people, and just have fun. Just have a weekend of fun and great music, and very little food and no shelter, but things worked out just because people wanted it to work out.”

What do you think we can do to live with more peace in our lives?

“Forget the color of someone’s skin, forget their religion and their nationality. Just focus on what’s in their heart-- if they’re kind, people just have to be kind. That’s it.”

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Fun Fact: Bob scuba dives, sky dives, and rides motorcycles!


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