I went to the baldwin soup kitchen with my highschool- Avondale highschool. I helped pour the kool-aid into the people's cup that came into the soup for food and just to get out of the cold that day. Some ways that i made the people there feel comfortable was by them this about my school and what sports i play and just having a general conversation with them this made me feel happy and proud of myselof to see myself helping those who are in need. When i served them i called them mam and sir.Then said would you like some kool-aid. They responded yes. But there while i was in the soup kitchen people gave me complients on how in was doing they really liked my smile. They even asked me to comeback one day again. I really hope that i could get to see those people again to greet them and make their day with my smile and making laugh. It was a really good example of community service
I was looking for an organization in my area that I could volunteer at on a regular basis. I went to a volunteer orientation meeting and was able to start volunteering that same week! The Baldwin Center fills so many needs in the city of Pontiac. No matter what you are interested in there is a way to help at the Baldwin center. I currently have been helping in the office. I get to hear and see how many people are helped by this organization. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with.
Good people to work with with, friendly, and caring people. Everyone made sure you were happy and taking care of. Had a lot of respect for those they were helping and to those that helped them.
We had a work group volunteer at the Baldwin Center this past week (right before Thanksgiving). I am amazed by the work they do and the wonderful positive attidues of the people who work there. They are doing so much for the community of pontiac and definilty making a impact. We appauld all they are doing!!!! keep up the great job!
I had been in search of a non-profit organization to volunteer my spare time to. Fortunately, through work connections, I was able to learn about the Baldwin Center. However, listening to a description of it doesn't do justice to what it feels like when you actually go see it and help. That's when you truly understand the meaning and can't help but want to join in the effort to feed, clothe, and empower people. The Baldwin Center is unique in that it not only helps those in need immediately, but is trying to help the youth avoid the notion that their current condition is the only situation they are capable of in the future. Not every non-profit out there provides a free meal, and offers tutoring and after school activities to the youth. How many non-profits are going "GREEN" and teaching gardening skills? How many non-profits have a play room for the kids and teach arts and crafts? Many people would stop at doing any one of these, yet the Baldwin Center is attempting to empower people who feel that they have absolutely nothing left with the skills and the tools to help them change their current situation. The staff that works at the Baldwin Center explains it best. When they give you a tour, they don't tell you where they need help or suggest what you can donate. They walk you around, describe what their goals are, and tell you to keep an open mind and listen to your heart. It's your heart that will tell you what difference you can make. After spending just a few minutes in this facility, you cannot help but humbly "hear" what you can do.
I have watched the Baldwin Center grow to a non-profit organization that is serving the entire Pontiac community. It always amazes me when I see the extent the staff will go to to assist the clients. They have showers for the homeless, washers & dryers for clients to use. The Baldwin Center is there for those in need, whether it’s the clothes closet, or kids after school program, or assisting the abused or finding jobs and housing, etc. The Baldwin Center has activity from early morn until dusk.
I loved helping out the Baldwin Center! It is a place that helps the city of Pontiac so much, they Feed, Clothe, Educate and Empower the community. Helping out is a very important thing in my life, I feel that I have a commitment to help out even in the smallest way possible, because at one point in our lives we have all needed someone's help and expected someone to be there for us. Helping the Baldwin Center just made me feel good, that my small contribution will help hundreds of families. :)
The Baldwin Center staffs are truly a dedicated group of indiviguals who are determined day in & day out to feed, clothe & empower the homeless who arrive at their door on any given day. Their care & concern is felt by their clients & volunteers alike! I once heard through a very casual conversation of a need for new socks simply so their clients would have a clean pair to put on their feet after they'd showered. How APPRECIATIVE & PLEASED were the clients & stafffs to have recieved SOCKS, yes SOCKS!!! (Little things CAN make a BIG difference! I LOVE SERVING WITH THEIR TEAM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!! : ) THANK YOU, BALDWIN CENTER!!!
Everyone was very friendly, even though the weather was bad. The center was also very busy! We were working on the greenhouse that they built to help feed the people of Pontiac. I thought the project was very cool. I would love to volunteer there again some time.