A new film shares the story of an community of service in Maine.
On Veteran’s Day, The Way We Get By — a new documentary about senior volunteers who staff a welcome center in the airport at Bangor, Maine, to receive returning military folks — will premiere on PBS stations as part of POV, “documentaries with a point of view.” (Check the broadcast schedule.)
From the show’s synopsis:
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet find the strength to overcome their personal battles and transform their lives through service. This inspirational and surprising story shatters the stereotypes of today’s senior citizens as the greeters redefine the meaning of community.
Participants of the Conference on Volunteering and Service in June 2009 were invited to a preview of the film, but now anyone with a television or internet connection (Nov. 12 through Dec. 12, the film will stream online) will be able to view the film.
Here are other ways to share the film’s message in your community:
- If you are part of a service corps, nonprofit, class, or community group that would benefit from seeing the film, you can access a free copy of it and host a screening in your own community. When you sign up you’ll also be able to access facilitation guides, lesson plans and other tools.
- Promote the activities of seniors and veterans in your community and find new ways to get involved.
- Learn more about ways to support the documentary.
- Watch the film’s trailer: