I wanted to do something special in memory of my father. I decided to sponsor a meal at a homeless shelter through Community Seva. My family went to the shelter in San Jose and helped prepare and serve the meal. Other members of Community Sewa were present to guide us through the entire process. It was very well organized.
It was a very humbling experience to serve and interact with families who are struggling to meet their day to day needs. Community Seva is doing a wonderful job for this cause.
Food is one of the basic needs of every living being. Yet there are so many who struggle and do not have access to even one decent meal in a day. Nathan and his amazing team of volunteers have been relentlessly working to change that. He started off with providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekends in San Jose and has now expanded to help so many more people in many different ways. When I first had the opportunity to work with Community Seva, I thought that I was helping change their lives but soon found out how much they changed mine. They have gone from just preparing food to now providing mobile showers, chargers, feminine hygiene kits, and backpacks full of essentials. It’s amazing to see this organization grow so much and help so many people. Nathan, along with his amazing team members, have really helped his dream come to fruition. May this organization continue to grow and reach far with ample support from the community.
I got involved with Community Seva in 2018. I could not believe the sense of gratitude that I got in my 1st Seva , I kept wanting to go back for more Seva's. Every single time it was a beautiful fulfilling experience with the lead and all the volunteers . My whole family enjoys the Seva , we are waiting for the situation to get better and start volunteering again. Great respect to Nathan and Community Seva's core team members who still continue their service even at these unprecedented times . I follow the Seva facebook page and it brings a big smile to my face to see all the wonderful things the organisation is doing , be it supply of masks , smoothies on hot days and breakfast Seva inspite of fires and heat wave.
I have always admired the selfless service that Community Seva does for all the people who are completely less privileged & in the shelters. My experience with community Seva as a Volunteer few times has always been extremely gratifying & I always walk out of the shelter after the Seva with a sense of completeness & joy. The joy that is radiated by the peer group & core group of volunteers from Community Seva who inspire to be giving with utmost dedication & commitment! Im so glad I had the great opportunity to be part of such sevas & will definitely look forward for more opportunities to serve. Thank you to the founder & the entire Community Seva team for serving the community through their hardwork! Best wishes & kind regards, Bhuvana Venkatesh.
My volunteering experiences with Community Seva have been extremely positive. I volunteered to cook breakfast for a homeless shelter and was joined bright and early in the morning by a team of enthusiastic Community Seva volunteers. We had all the supplies we needed in the facility's kitchen, and everything ran like clockwork. It gave me a feeling of great satisfaction to be part of this effort and inspired me to participate in other events as well.
I moved to the Bay Area last year and was feeling really homesick and did not have much to do. This was when I came across the initiatives of Community Seva and was astounded by the work they do.
I volunteered thinking to attend one session of preparing lunch for one of the shelter homes and I can say that neither did I never look back, but I was completely exhilarated. The community had all the items ready to make and prepare the perfect lunch for the shelter home, and when I got there, we got into full swing. I never knew that something so generous could be done so fast, without even seeing time go by. In less than an hour, we catered a lunch for more than a hundred people, and this included around seven to eight dishes, alongside sweets and refreshment kits.
To see the joy in the eyes of the people living in the shelter homes was profound and ecstatic. I never looked back and did my best to attend more sessions that not only made a good day's work, but also seeing so many people happy, is something I could have never imagined, and it truly makes me happy to be a part of this organization that goes above and beyond in bringing a smile to thousands of faces.
This is a photo of one of my first sessions with Community Seva, with many more to come.
Having volunteered with Community Seva many times, I truly enjoy the dedication & passion that comes along with serving the needy. The volunteers & organizers are very meticulous in planning & execution. They plan from menu, grocery, funding and each service is executed & catered to the shelter/ people very well. Each time my family & I have been there - the satisfaction leaves us wanting to come back & serve.
At no point my kids felt that they couldn’t help being handicapped at their cooking skills, as there was always a way to help. By the end , the blessing received by the recipients of the meal is so fulfilling & worth it.
I came to know about Community Seva a few years back; sponsored a breakfast at a family shelter. Got the opportunity to help cook breakfast for unhoused mother’s and children. Moved by the experience started volunteering for cooking breakfast almost every Saturday with a group of zestful, selfless, dedicated volunteers. The fulfilling part was when we serve the food to the thankful people. The sense of gratitude and satisfaction we derive from this is immense.
So blessed to be part of Community Seva led by Nathan Ganesan, an amazing person helped by so many selfless, divine souls.
Community Seva feeds the homeless. Imagine being without a roof above your head and with no guarantee of the next meal. This helpless terrible situation is what the homeless go through. It's a blessing to have the Community Seva team members who provide healthy free meals to the homeless and alleviate their pain to a small extent. Personally, it has been a very humbling experience for me as a volunteer in Community Seva. The team members are extremely nice, teach us the process and guide us throughout in cooking the meals. There is no compromise in the quality of the food/produce/kitchen/ equipment as well. Hope the organization gets more support from the city and state, and continues to serve more meals to those in need.
I've been associated with Community Seva since its inception. It truly has opened doors for me and to a large number of people to help the needy. When I was new to this country and was searching for avenues to give back to the community , I was thrilled to partner with Community Seva to help those in need. I like that I could use my passion in cooking as well . The experience I have gained cooking in large scale helps me for planning my house parties pretty well :-) now. The friendships I have acquired during volunteering with like minded people is something I cherish . Serving the needy is always a grounding feeling for me - makes me realize every single time - how much we are all blessed and how much more you can actually give . Thanks to Community Seva !
Community Seva is an exemplary non-profit organization with a lot of character. They not only work hard behind the scenes and do their part to solve world hunger, but also actively strive to gratify volunteers and their need for social engagement. This two pronged disposition is unique to Community Seva. The organization's founder Mr.Nathan Ganesan is a great human being who's awe inspiring in his own right. I would give it 6 starts if I could !
I have first volunteered through Community Seva (CS) few years ago after finding this organization over a Google search and that first experience with CS and its core volunteers selfless service towards Homeless really stuck to my mind and heart.
Community Seva and selfless volunteers of CS never rest from cooking and serving to homeless despite of the rain or shine, COVID or no COVID. It is always pleasure to work with CS volunteers, who are kind hearted and makes CS as a strong family with one focus "To Help Homeless" in whatever way possible and at times making impossible also possible (Ex: Selfless Service during COVID19)
Volunteering at Community Seva has been a fulfilling experience. It's not just run by a team of selfless but also motivated volunteers who truly mean to do what the organization stands for. It's a great opportunity to serve people and make a difference in the community that we live in. Haven't come across such a group of self driven individuals or the passion this community holds.
Happy to have got the opportunity to participate and be a part of the community.
I have been volunteering with Community Seva for more than 4 years during their breakfast, lunch and dinner devas. I look forward to the weekends where I work with the extremely dedicated volunteers and site managers. Together we cook delicious and healthy meals for people residing in the shelters including families with little children.
Volunteering with Community Seva has been a very rewarding experience in more than one way. My stress from the work week melts away when I meet the selfless site managers and volunteers. Community Seva makes optimum use of the resources made available to them. There are no overheads and every single penny of the donated dollar goes towards feeding the hungry. With new initiatives like the Shower seva, I am excited for Community Seva to grow into an organization that will contribute in a big way to the local community.
Kahlil Gibran said, 'Work is love made visible.' To me, that line is a testament to how much we gain, grow and offer through the work we do at Community Seva
It is the love with which every volunteer dedicates their time & skill to serve a hot plate of food & bring a smile on a homeless persons face
It is this consistent love that has helped Community Seva grow & reach higher heights year over year. It is this commitment to love & service that brings volunteers back week after week
Volunteering with and being associated with Community Seva has been the best thing that has happened to our family. It has helped us(my husband and I) and our kids grow our empathy, be humble & serve selflessly. In an affluent area like the Silicon Valley, it is quite easy to forget that there is still high food insecurity in the US. Community Seva provides us an opportunity for us to give back with hands on volunteering in our local community.
There have been many experiences over the last 4 years serving with Communtiy Seva that have helped me grow as a person and enriched my life. However, there is one incident that I would like to mention here.
On a cold winter day in 2015, like most weeks, I had volunteered with and helped cook & serve breakfast with Community Seva at a homeless shelter in San Jose. Later that evening, my family and I went out for dinner in downtown San Jose. Being the busy holiday season, we had to park a few blocks from the restaurant. My kids and I were walking down the dark alley towards the restaurant while my husband was walking a few feet behind us, when suddenly, a man was walking straight towards us. It was quite clear from his appearance that this person appeared to be living on the streets and my first instinct was to pull my purse & my kids close to myself. The man continued walking towards me, came up to me and said "Ma'm you might not remember me, but you served me hot breakfast this morning at the shelter and that is the only meal I have had all day. Thank you for that & God bless you". Saying just that, he walked right past. I stood there shocked, eyes full of tears and speechless.
That moment I realized how a small act of kindness can change someone's day and life. I also realized and was ashamed of how quick I was to judge someone and their intent. This was such a valuable lesson for all of us.
It is heartwarming to know that Community Seva impacts not only those who we serve but all of us that volunteer as well.
Thank you for that Community Seva!
I am one of the core volunteers at Community Seva. What started as a simple volunteering experience with them has become a regular weekend routine I look forward to in my otherwise mundane day to day life. It's not an exaggeration when I say our family plans our weekends ,travel plans etc. based on my commitments with Community Seva. There is no doubt the job is demanding -we have to put in a lot of effort week after week with planning, procuring and doing the massive cooking in the hot kitchens in the shelters.But the joy we get when we feed the hot scrumptious meals to hundreds of homeless individuals make us forget all our hard work.Not a week goes by without those people coming and thanking us for the Quality and quantity of the nutritious meal we provide. Way to go Community seva. I am really proud and feel blessed to be part of this wonderful organization whose only mission is to 'Feed the Hungry and Serve the Homeless'.
I have been involved with Community Seva since inception. First as a volunteer, and later as a board member. What makes this organization unique is the sheer passion of its founder and the incredible drive and big hearts of all the thousands of volunteers that it has attracted and retained over the past six years. In these busy times (especially in the SIlicon Valley), it is such a remarkable thing that weekend after weekend, Community Seva volunteers rise up at 4am and cook hot breakfasts and spend their weekend evenings cooking nutritious hot dinners to serve to the homeless. It is a delight to see children as young as 4 years old packing toothpaste into hygiene kits and to answer their questions about homelessness and how they can help those less fortunate!
As a board member, I have seen the organization evolve from inside out and can attest to the honesty, integrity and the sheer focus the entire leadership team has on making an impact on improving the lives of the homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have much more to do and cannot think of a better team to do it with!
As site manager and volunteer for Community Seva, I feel privileged and immensely grateful for this opportunity to be part of a cause truly close to my heart. Homelessness in the bay area has sky-rocketed and it is growing day by day. Turning away from this problem due to fear, ignorance or simply not knowing what to do to help are no longer justifiable reasons to stay away from helping. Community Seva is that organization that connects kindhearted, generous, and compassionate volunteers with the most vulnerable, and needy folks in our community.
I got into Community Seva thinking I need to do my part for the community and help the less fortunate in a small way...However, right after my first experience cooking and serving, the happiness I felt was indescribable. I just knew I had to come back and do it again, and again, and again. Thanks to Community Seva, I have got out of my comfort zone and now doing what is most rewarding to me-serving the homeless and hungry and making this a permanent part of my life. I am eternally grateful to all my volunteer friends at Community Seva who inspire me to do more!
Volunteering at Community Seva has been a life changing experience for me. What started as a simple desire to do something good for the community has transformed into something more purposeful and joyful than I could have ever imagined.
When I first started volunteering at this organization, I didn't realize what a powerful effect this experience would have on me. For one, it was not just about cooking and serving a hot meal to needy families in the shelter, but more about a shared humanity. The smiling, and appreciative look on their faces as they extend their hands to get a plate filled with hot, delicious food is something that keeps me going.
Community Seva lives up to it's name. It is the very epitome of service. The team of dedicated volunteers never fails to amaze me with their drive, passion and heartfelt desire to give selflessly. The leadership too has served to inspire and motivate people to do more. The team has come together to increase the scope of services, to get more people involved including youth and to use social media for productive purposes.
My life is richer today than it was before Community Seva came into it and for that I am eternally grateful.
Community Seva is an organization working towards feeding the hungry and homeless people at various shelters in the Bay area. It also conducts other sevas such as mobile shower seva, backpacks, winter drives, carebags with hygiene kits.
It has a phenomenal team of volunteers that strives to fulfill it's mission with utmost respect and dedication, come rain or shine.. They are truly an inspiration. Their enthusiasm and camaraderie definitely rubs on you.
It gives me great pleasure to see the smile on the faces of our patrons when we serve them hot breakfast or dinner. I would like to thank Nathan and the team for allowing me to be a part of this mission.
I'm a site manager and volunteer at Community Seva. Being a part of this amazing organization and working with this close knit group of fellow Seva members plus volunteers, has been a very fulfilling, humble and life changing experience for me. Serving the homeless recharges your batteries....it makes you take a pause and appreciate the opportunities that we have been given in life.
At Community Seva we spend hours purchasing fresh groceries and preparing wholesome, nutritious and mouth watering dishes. Seeing the joy in the faces of the homeless when we serve them this food gives us instant gratification!
Thanks to Community Seva there has been a paradigm shift in my perception of homeless people. I no longer turn my face away when I see them holding a placard near the freeway exits and lights. Instead I look them in the eye, give them the benefit of the doubt and offer a sympathetic smile. I'm forever grateful to Community Seva for this change in me. Hope to be a part of this organization forever and hope to make a difference in our local community.
Community Seva truly cares about the people they serve. They are constantly finding new ways to help the homeless. Their dedication to their cause is shown through the numerous meals they serve every weekend, backpacks they fill with supplies, and fundraising and awareness events. Volunteering with them has truly opened my eyes to the problems those less fortunate than me face and encourages me to do my best to support the organization as well.
It's been a couple of years that I've been volunteering with this phenomenal organization. I've seen firsthand the dedication from the site managers in making sure that there is never an empty stomach in the homeless shelters they serve every weekend rain or shine. Believe me, It takes a lot of work to buy the supplies and cook from scratch, that too starting at 5.00am in the morning.
It is so heart warming to see the people thank us after serving food and say that is is their only time they get to eat fresh cooked food the entire week. Thank you Community Seva for giving me a chance to help the homeless in a small way.
I am a volunteer supporting social media activities for Community Seva. Unfortunately I do not get to actually cook and serve too often at the sevas due to health issues. I get to see all the pictures from the sevas and I hear stories from all the site managers about the feedback they get from the people being served at the shelters , heartwarming stories about how the food served is delicious and nutritious and how it’s such a blessing in their lives to eat something like that instead of cheap fast food. This always makes me happy and inspires me to write. I have had so many friends who have participated in these sevas and they love it so much that they always want to come back. My only wish is that at some point my health issues get solved and I can also regularly cook at the sevas.
I have been fortunate to be associated with this wonderful association. I am amazed at the devotion, dedication and more importantly, the right mindset of my fellow volunteers to serve the needy people in the Bay Area. Community Seva is run very efficiently by Nathan and his team.
Thank you Mani for taking the time to write this review. Your support, time and effort at the Shower service every month is beyond words. Greatly appreciated.
Sponsored a dinner meal with this charity. Heart-warmed to see so many homeless -mentally challenged, veterans and families enjoy a hot freshly cooked nutritive dinner. Impressed with the charity’s volunteers’ professionalism in shopping, organizing and guiding through cooking and serving for over 200 people. Look forward to working with this charity again. Highly recommend them!
Came to know of Community Seva through a friend of mine. Since the time I first volunteered I could not help look for opportunities to volunteer. On most weekends I start my Saturday morning at Community Seva. The best part is when you serve. Feel blessed to be associated with a group of selfless souls.
My friends and I had heard of Community Seva, but when we finally got to volunteer, it was such an eye opener.
We volunteered at a San Jose shelter for the homeless, under a team lead from Community Seva. The whole exercise was carried out so efficiently, yet cheerfully. The team lead brought the ingredients and gave us precise instructions - how and what to cook, and how and when to serve. Nathan dropped off some ice cream as a special treat for the residents.
The experience that followed is certainly one of the most memorable, for each one of us in the group. Among about 15 of us, our funds helped prepare and serve about 300 meals at five shelters in the Bay Area. We still have a hard time wrapping our head around that number.
We are so inspired by Nathan and his team of dedicated volunteers that we're determined to be part of this movement to help provide meals to the homeless.
Community Seva is doing such a great job and as more of us join them, I can't help hope for the ultimate - that maybe, just maybe there could be a solution to end hunger after all.
Anu: What a heartwarming review. Thank you and your friends for participating in the Seva and supporting us. You guys are so energetic and supportive of what we do. I am glad 4 years ago I spoke to you and Shabana has materialized with a much needed caring service to the homeless and this beautiful review. Thank you again.
Community Seva is an amazing organization that has been such a huge learning experience for me as well as an great opportunity. I have learned so much about helping the homeless and taking time to think about others, while at the same time it also taught me basic skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management. Community Seva has a heart warming cause that everyone should support and I will continue to contribute to this cause as much as possible.
I recently joined my friends to volunteer at Community Seva to cook and serve breakfast to about 200 people in a local shelter. It was such a great experience to be able to work with a team of dedicated, passionate and selfless individuals whose routine is to wake up that early hours every weekend tirelessly to contribute their time to this noble cause. They take so much care to keep the hygiene level way high and cook as if they cook for their own families or even with more care! They make it a fun event for the volunteers so they don’t feel the hard work that goes in preparing meals for 200+ people at every center. It was so rewarding to see so many people appreciating the volunteers to provide them with hot and tasty breakfast. Nathan and team, you are amazing, truly an inspiration!
Community Seva is an organization where everyone from leadership to its volunteers give their time and effort from their heart. I have volunteered many times with them and they make it so easy to come and volunteer. Meals are pre planned and groceries are done before volunteers show up. Food made is very hygienic and tasty. Everyone who comes to eat a meal leaves not only with a full tummy but with a smile on their faces.
Community Seva has been the source of phenomenally faithful volunteerism at HomeFirst providing healthy meals and dignified interaction to our homeless shelter guests. Volunteers are responsive, generous and fully committed to service. We at HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County have come to rely upon Community Seva throughout the year, year after year, and when needed for disaster response.
Chief Development &Communications Officer
Community Seva has been a dedicated and very committed Volunteer Group with Abode Services Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter for many years.
Every month the SEVA team arrives to prepare and serve a delicious and well balanced dinner to the residents and staff at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter. Not only do they provide a great meal but wonderful conversation and friendship to the residents.
A Special thank you to Nathan and his great team of volunteers, your commitment to volunteering with Abode Services is truly appreciated and the service you offer not only to Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter but to our Community. It is wonderful to see the participation from so many students on their team as they earn their community service-volunteer hours. We look forward to working with Community SEVA on more projects in the future. We greatly appreciate their commitment and help in making our work possible.
Community Outreach Director
Seva has partnered with FESCO since May of 2016 and provided monthly meal service to over 50 people at our transitional house, Banyan and shelter, Les Marquis. We are so thankful that they found us! Nathan and Vincent have been so wonderful, coordinating each meal service and providing all the necessary items to make their fantastic dinners. A special thank you to all the volunteers who give their time to come to our facility and cook for the families of FESCO. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and expanding their services in our program. On behalf of FESCO and the families that we serve, a huge thank you to everyone involved. Your commitment to helping us is greatly appreciated.
Community Seva gives an amazing opportunity for all their volunteers to help the homeless. As a Boy Scout I really enjoyed the cooking service project to feed the homeless to earn this Star Rank merit badge.
For a rank advancement in Boy Scout, I had to complete a service project and I choose to help the homeless through Community Seva. I gathered 5 fellow Scouts to team up to cook delicious dinner to 35 individuals including kids in one of the shelters. We made oven roasted pasta and grilled veggies.
Community Seva gives opportunity for young kids to participate in community service and earn their volunteer hours. All the volunteers(even the kids) are very dedicated in what they do to help the people in need.The best part about Community Seva is, its a Non-profit organization, which means no one earns money for helping the homeless.
Community Seva has been an integral part of providing food and supplies for the homeless people we serve. Several times a month Community Seva volunteers spend hours purchasing, preparing and serving meals to 250 homeless people. They go above and beyond, finding out what meals are most enjoyed and serve with generosity and compassion. They also collect donations several times a year, providing blankets, backpacks, gloves, hats and other items. When unexpected needs arise Community Seva can always be counted on. It is a joy to partner with Community Seva to provide for homeless people in our community.
Community Relations Manager
Community Seva is the epitome of purpose-driven, gracious community service organization. Faithfully Community Seva volunteers have prepared and served delicious, nutritious meals to the guests in our shelters for homeless men, women and children. Their volunteers work hard, but most importantly give our guests the dignity and respect they deserve. In addition, Community Seva volunteers have donated blankets and items to keep our homeless neighbors protected from the harsh dangers of cold nights and days. This is a life-saving organization that HomeFirst is delighted to have been related to for years. Thank you, Community Seva!
Its been an an enriching and fulfilling experience to volunteer with Community Seva (CS). It is a very well run organization, that is meeting a critical need in our community to provide nourishing meals for underprivileged individuals in homeless shelters across the bay area. My husband, daughter and I have volunteered with CS over the past 3-4 years. Signing up to volunteer through the CS website is an easy and straightforward process. CS has assigned lead volunteers to specific shelters, who are onsite to procure/organize supplies and facilitate the preparation and serving of food to the shelter individuals. I would highly recommend Community Seva to adults and teens looking for opportunities to serve our community.
Community Seva offers volunteers a truly humbling opportunity to serve the many many unfortunate in our own communities. Try one service and your heart yearns for more. Nathan and team have created a great and meaningful organization and have made it easy for anyone to volunteer or donate.
I got involved with Community Seva few years back and I am so glad I did. I have donated, sponsored breakfasts, and volunteered. My experience has been excellent. It is a well-organized and widely-supported operation. I have met volunteers who are devoted to the cause and is a real pleasure to work with. The man behind all these efforts is Mr Nathan Ganeshan who has succeeded in inspiring a big army of devoted volunteers. This Seva community is fulfilling a great need, sharing with others who are less fortunate. Yash Mehra
I volunteered with this organization to cook and serve in a family shelter. It was a humbling experience seeing the families and especially kids. What struck me most was a volunteer talk about their struggle being homeless while young and how hard it is for these kids and it was their way of helping the community by cooking and serving..
The Community Seva folks who were in charge of the kitchen were professional and fun bunch . Their attitude reflected in the work they do and how they serve the people. I will definitely be sponsoring a Seva soon. Keep up the good work.
Been a volunteer of this organization for close to three years, and the only thing that sticks out in common amongst the entire organization is the sheer dedication of each member. Serving a meal at a shelter takes some meticulous planning on the balanced nutritious menu, purchasing fresh & quality groceries and cooking and serving that involves following all the food handling and safety. The team at Community Seva excels in each of these areas. The core and the extended volunteer team uses their opportunity to serve with lot of sincerity and thoroughly enjoy what they are doing.
Last winter was a memorable one at Community Seva. With all the heavy rainfalls in California, many of the shelters were flooded with more residents. There were many make-shift shelters that were created to house temporary residents. At Community Seva, we understood the need and created winter backpacks that had essential supplies that included warm blankets, gloves, beanies, socks, essential care supplies and some dry food like cereal bars. Many of our kids were directly involved in packing these backpacks. We distributed the same in many of the shelters all the way from Sunnyvale to Gilroy and the way people felt and reacted when they got one of these backpacks is still something that I will always remember.
If you are donor looking to sponsor a local non-profit, you can be assured that your money will be put to good use at Community Seva. If you are looking for volunteering opportunities to serve your local community, then Community Seva is a great organization to be a part of. Give it a chance and be a part.
Really dedicated folks who are making a huge difference in the lives of the homeless people in bay area.
I've always wanted to give back to the community. Do my benevolence, but kids, work and a busy lifestyle didn't give me a chance to pursue that desire. Two years back, a colleague's husband asked me to help volunteer at a homeless shelter. I went there not knowing what a big turning point it would be for me. It was a breakfast event. We cooked menu items like pancakes, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, sausages, and oatmeal. Cereal, milk, and fruit were also served. As a first time volunteer after the cooking was done, I was asked to help serve the people in the shelter. The smiles and varied emotions on individuals lining to get a plate full of breakfast shook my heart. After this, I sat in my car and started thinking about the times I complained to God about the things I couldn't have. Tears start flowing from my eyes, as I realized how unnecessary those complaints were. After all, I'm blessed to have a roof on my head and food on my plate every night. Not everyone around us is so fortunate.
A lot of the shelters for homeless that are privately or government funded lack hot and nutritious meals. As a volunteer for Community Seva, I visit various homeless shelters around the Bay area and cook and serve hot meals to homeless people. We also raise funds and distribute blankets, care bags and supplies to women, children and elderly in need. Where my effort might be very small, together with joining hands and spreading awareness towards this issue can help in saving the lives and well-being of thousands in need. When you hear a little child or elderly come to you and say "Thank You!" because she got a plate full of much needed delicious meal in a critical time of their life, that smile is worth waking up early in the morning and preparing a variety of dishes to share my good fortune with someone who is down on their luck.
I also take my kids with me to volunteer to family shelters so they can learn to give back. We try to keep celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries simple and use those funds to sponsor a meal when we can. I took a little step in my life to participate in lending a hand. If everyone who is fortunate to have a bed to sleep at night can play a little part, physically, monetarily or emotionally, we can tackle this ongoing issue. Let's open our hearts and make sure no one goes hungry or with out the basic necessities.
Being a part of this lovely Organization for close to 3 years and an amazing time and amazing experience every time we are in the Kitchen preparing food and serving the needy.
I have many stories that I can share but there is always one instance which is very close to my heart. We serve a family shelter in East Bay and we have 2 serving sides and on one side it is for family and their kids.
On one of the instances there was this mother with her 2 kids (Elder was a boy around 8 and the younger was a girl around 5 or 6). On that day we were serving chicken on the side along with some main course. This little girl liked the Chicken so much that she jumped out of her chair everytime and came and got only the chicken again and again (I think she should have come atlest 3 or 4 times). The main reason why this is close to my heart is that on that day the Chicken was made by me and in fact everyone liked the Chicken I made but this little girl made it all the more worth cooking for the entire shelter.
This little girl will ever remain in my heart forever and the cuteness in the way she asked for more and more chicken will always be close to my heart.
Though this is not something to cherish about when seeing a small girl being homeless, but the purpose of us being in the Bay Area and we doing this was justified by the small things we do to give back to the community.