Time well spent: Los Altos senior a role model for giving back

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November 18, 2020 -- A desire to give back has always driven Rosel Barowsky. For 25 years, she’s volunteered thousands of hours at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, a specialty resale store whose proceeds support the American Cancer Society.

But the pandemic has curtailed most of Barowsky’s public volunteerism and forced her to redirect her efforts. From her home at The Terraces at Los Altos senior living community, she’s been busy knitting scarves for the homeless in Santa Clara County.

“I think it’s important seniors are aware they can still be important in life,” said Barowsky, who, pre-pandemic, also visited the nearby Los Altos Senior Center to serve lunch, help with ESL classes and lead discussions for older adults who are exploring a transition to community living.

She recently partnered with Los Altos-based One Warm Scarf, whose mission is to get scarves around the necks of local homeless. Barowsky has spent hours knitting more than a dozen handmade scarves, which she plans to donate this month.

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