I saw Martha's Outfitters, which was really nice because they offered cheap clothing to professionals in need of appropriate clothing. They prepared people for job interviews and other professional meetings. I worked with them last semester to sort clothes. I ensured the clothes were in good condition and wearable. It was nice to see another member of that community sharing information to others.
My overall experience with this form of community engagement was an amazing learning experience and allowed me to understand DC for what it really is outside of the Foggy Bottum bubble. I was able to see the struggle and hardships faced by many of the people throughout DC and help them alleviate some of their problems by providing them with food and conversation that they don't get often. It allowed me to see how privileged I am to attend such a prestigious institution and have stability in terms of housing and food, and how much that should be appreciated, and not taken for granted. I hope that everyone realizes the importance of giving back to the community and the long way that such a minimal contribution could go.
1 One of the showcases that was most impactful to me, discussed the impact of food insecurity in DC. This presentation was similar to Martha's Table, a local organization in D.C. for whom I volunteered for earlier in the semester. While both orgs are dedicated to addressing the food insecurity issues in DC, their main differences are in that the presentation focused on the food insecurity in the DC community, while Martha's Table mainly tried to educate students about food insecurity.
2 I attend the Beyond Service - Social Change as Good Business session from 2:30-3:30. The presentation addressed food waste as a major problem in the US (40% of food gets wasted). However businesses and Restaurants can help donate food and reduce their total food waste. (importance of social responsibility)
Overall very informative
On Monday I helped set up the chairs, serve oatmeal, and serve breakfast.
I participated in the "ABLE" activity where I had to help people charge their phones while they were eating breakfast.
I had a fantastic time preparing and boxing over 180 tuna casserole's on Friday. I have always enjoyed cooking, so it was fun to go back into the kitchen! It would be very helpful, however, if the new address was put on the google page, as google still has the old address as being MT's current one.
I was really nice to hear about the organization and its goals. They provide an avg. of 20 families with furniture a day, they also provide, clothes, food, Kitchen supplies, toys, bathroom supplies ect. They also help people in poverty in job training and finding a job. I was nice to know that the service I was doing was going to help a family in the end.