Watch

Sidewalk Talk Project Offers Free Listening

Creator:
Published:
January 8, 2024
August 24, 2020
Feel free to talk while these Sidewalk Talk volunteers listen to your story—for free.

As a trained volunteer for Sidewalk Talk, Aimee Rozen has one job: to listen. She cherishes the opportunity that the project provides to hear others' stories and make connections with people passing by.

"All the people that will sit and talk and open up their hearts to a complete stranger is never lost on me. It's honestly one of the most beautiful things."

Video Transcript

Meet Aimee: sidewalk listener

San Francisco, California

Aimee Rozen, speaking to people walking by: Hi there, we're offering listening on the other corner there. We're Sidewalk Talk. Feel free to show up at an event, sit and chat, volunteer to listen.

Woman: Hi.

Aimee: Hi, how are you?

Sidewalk Talk is a listening project. Basically, we go out on the streets — volunteer listeners that have been trained. We set up chairs and invite people to sit down to talk, and to share stories about themselves and who they are, what's on their mind — whether it be something happy, sad, overwhelming, ordinary, extraordinary. We're just here to listen. Basically that's it. There's no catch. Because of what it means to be able to connect and listen to people at a time where things do feel so divided.

(Speaking to person on sidewalk) Okay, how'd it go?

Hello, gentlemen. We're here offering listening until two o'clock.

Man: Thank you.

Aimee: We're here til two if you want to come back and be heard.

Man speaking to volunteer listener: Oh, that's a good question. So back to when I said I was an adult and I had to make...Like, what is life? What is right and wrong and what should I do? It just felt weird and I felt...

Aimee: And so it started in May of 2015. We are in 15 countries, 90+ locations, all over the world, international, multiple languages. It's insane. And it just started with 20-something people sitting on the sidewalks of San Francisco, and it's all volunteer-based. All the people that will sit and talk and open up their hearts to a complete stranger is never lost on me. It's honestly one of the most beautiful things.

Creators:
Grotto
Published:
January 8, 2024
August 24, 2020
On a related note...
The Power in Creating New Traditions

The Power in Creating New Traditions

Janelle Peregoy

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrants

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrants

Grotto

The Benefits of Raising Children with a Digital Village

The Benefits of Raising Children with a Digital Village

Laura MacLean Reynolds

How My Elderly Aunt Became One of My Best Friends

How My Elderly Aunt Became One of My Best Friends

Lillian Fallon

Questions are Keys that Unlock Doors to Other People

Questions are Keys that Unlock Doors to Other People

Renée Roden

5 Priceless Gifts We Forget To Give

5 Priceless Gifts We Forget To Give

Lillian Fallon

Empowering Women to Tell Their Own Story

Empowering Women to Tell Their Own Story

Grotto

10 Ways We Don't Fight Fair in Relationships

10 Ways We Don't Fight Fair in Relationships

Arlene F. Montevecchio, Caelin Miltko

Finding Healing and Joy through Art

Finding Healing and Joy through Art

Grotto

A Virtual Wake for the Father and Daughter in the Rio Grande

A Virtual Wake for the Father and Daughter in the Rio Grande

Josh Noem

4 Tips for Top-Notch Networking

4 Tips for Top-Notch Networking

Molly Cruitt

How to Settle into a New Neighborhood

How to Settle into a New Neighborhood

Clare Rahner

Artist Brings Beauty to Skid Row

Artist Brings Beauty to Skid Row

Grotto

Derek Jeter Transcended Baseball — But Is He a Hero?

Derek Jeter Transcended Baseball — But Is He a Hero?

Mike Jordan Laskey

Good & Decent: Love & Ice Cream

Good & Decent: Love & Ice Cream

Grotto

"Grandma"

"Grandma"

Christine Chu

How Pickup Basketball Opens the Door for Community

How Pickup Basketball Opens the Door for Community

Mike Jordan Laskey

How to Set Healthy Boundaries with Family

How to Set Healthy Boundaries with Family

Julia Hogan-Werner

How to Share Solidarity with Our Muslim Neighbors Today and Every Day

How to Share Solidarity with Our Muslim Neighbors Today and Every Day

Grotto Shares

Good and Decent EP 16: After Life

Good and Decent EP 16: After Life

Grotto

newsletter

We’d sure love to be pals.

Like what you see? Make it easy on yourself and we’ll meet you right in your inbox next time.