Really friendly staff and a nice environment
It was fun to see the kids learning how to live more sustainably with recycling and composting.
Today we had an orientation of what we were doing and got a tour around the school.
GW Green House Orientation and sea grass replanting.
Came up with organizations to contact, both clubs and other programs
Today we learned what it is we are doing and helped organize the classroom
The orientation at N-Street was really useful in learning more about the organization and understanding my future service options.
I had a good time at DC Central Kitchen. I sliced and diced countless onions and opened a large number of fruit cans. I served with Bloomberg Industry Group and met a bunch of their employees as well.
I had a great time volunteering at DC Central Kitchen and it was a very enjoyable experience as I got to give back to the community.
I got to meet a new volunteer today from American University - Samiya! It was so lovely to meet her, and she's also from the same area where I'm from, so that was cool to learn. Ife, Ellen, Tom, and I helped showed her the ropes/the basics of how to set up for lunch, prepare lunch, serve lunch, and clean up after lunch. I also introduced her to couple of seniors who I've gotten very close to in the past weeks. I caught up with Elsa about current events, and talked to Diane & Lisa (I'm hoping I'm getting everybody's names right) about the quality of the food that's served to them, as well as emotional check-ins. Courtney told us there was a meeting going on at 2pm in St. Albans about Iona Senior Services, and so the other volunteers and I got to meet a lot of the behind-the-scenes people who run the program and offered to show us around and take a tour of the whole operation one day - super exciting honestly. Then Ife and Samiya went out to Giant to get some turkey (we thought we didn't have enough hamburgers), but everything turned out to be fine. Courtney talked about all of the goodies she has planned for Valentines' Day and that made me so happy - finally the seniors get some home-baked treats. I also saw one of the exercises today that seniors partake in (weight-lifting/stretching with Gerri) and learned that Tom sometimes stays to talk with the seniors about medical issues and quarries that many of them have in their older age about themselves, friends, or family, which I think is really important and a great service that he gives out.
Lots of fun, can't wait to come back!
We drove to Maryland in order to drop off oyster shells at Cheesapeake Bay
As my first off campus service experience of the semester, me and three other members of GW Baywatchers participated in an effort moving oysters shells collected at GW from D.C. area restaurants to the Maryland Oyster Restoration Center. After moving the oyster shells to a van for transportation, we drove to Shady Side, MD where we deposited the shells for use in the center's oyster setting initiative.