COMMUNITY LUNCH ON CAPITOL HILL
November 21, 2010
I volunteered last Spring for 4 months as a service learning experience for my school. It was one of the best volunteering experiences I have ever had because of that fact we were given the opportunity to have face to face interactions with the clients and the jobs were varied. Part of it was due to the great vibe the volunteers had when we all worked together (it was a lot of fun) and the other part was the interactions with the clients. Not only were they fed with hot delicious food every Tuesday and Friday, but I felt they were treated with respect and dignity, which is important since society tries to make these marginalized people invisible or feel shame for getting help.
I liked the fact that we didn't ID anyone or make them have to attend programs to enable them to eat. Furthermore, even though we couldn't given them double portions when they got their food, they were always welcome to go back in line as many times as they wished, and were given the option to get to go containers when we would have extra food. It was open to anyone and everyone no strings attached. =)
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing the people we help have a meal and have a sense of community not only with each other, but also with the volunteers.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would not make any changes except to enable them to receive more services and food to help them continue the greatness they provide the community. Don Jensen is wonderful with making what they have "work."
Volunteer & I was a volunteer/helped to prepare and cook the food and then served it.