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You Won’t Find Mezzo Sopranos in This Opera House — But You Will Find Compassion

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Serving meals, providing showers and clean clothes, and arranging healthcare appointments for people in need is not something you typically encounter when you visit an opera house.

But the Opera San Francesco for the Poor (OSF) in Italy is anything but typical.

Founded in 1959 by the Capuchin Friars of Viale Piave in Milan, the OSF assists and supports the poor in Italy. And it does so completely free of charge.

In 2016, the organization served 746,705 meals, provided 66,497 showers, dressed 12,277 people, and facilitated 33,985 medical visits.

Italy has become a crossroads in the global refugee crisis, with more than 170,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa last year. With so many of the world’s most vulnerable people lacking the basics for survival, the country needs the hearts and help of caring Global Citizens to volunteer more than ever.

In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, volunteers at OSF served meals and distributed clothes to the homeless in the spirit of ending hunger. Volunteers also helped refurbish the Piazza di San Calisto in Rome, by cleaning up graffiti and re-painting walls in the city square, before handing out meals and hosting a film screening.

These acts of kindness serve as a reminder that volunteering matters — every day.

Global Citizen has been campaigning to end hunger ahead of the G7 Summit in Germany this year. While we ask large governments to step up and contribute their part, every minute volunteers spend adds up.

If you’re interested volunteering, you can learn more about the Opera San Francesco for the Poor, go here. Click the "Join Us" button to tell other Global Citizens how you give back to your community.

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