September 27th was a historic day for ISC. We felt so humble when Mr. Warren Buffett visited our center and 87 seniors from around the world welcomed him and leaders from the I Vote For My Family campaign led by the Heartland Workers Center.
Thirty-four ISC seniors from Bhutan, Burma, Southern Sudan, Mexico, Central America, South America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States will be able to participate in this autumn’s election, and six of those will be voting for the first time. It may be a small number for many but to us it is enough to show that seniors are making a difference.
As Mr. Buffett said, elections are coming up and we all have to be conscious about participating in this process. He said he will be voting for himself but also for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the generations to come. This is a statement that I believe we have to remember always: through voting, our elders are leaving a legacy for their families.
His remarks (translated into Spanish, Karen, and Nepali) have motivated our seniors to exercise their right to vote. And one senior who is on the path to citizenship has told us he is encouraged to keep studying, because Mr. Buffett showed him that voting matters and that people at any age can make a difference.
What a gift, what an opportunity, and what an amazing lesson we have learned today from an incredible person, so humble, so sincere and so caring for all of us living in this community and in this country.