Folding clothes and stamping bags! Always a great time here!
We packed take home grocery bags for students at the KIPP school. The ingredients came directly from farms and were fresh produce: onions, cranberry sauce, lettuce, celery, macaroni, and an assortment of fruits. It helps students eat healthy and learn about nutrition.
I volunteered at the JoyFull Market. This is my second time helping out with this project and I've really enjoyed it. It's fun, active, and I can see the direct impact that the organization is making in the community.
Helped sort and fold clothes at Marthas outfitters
Gaurav Singh- Service 3
My community partner for the third service was Martha’s Table. I assisted them in two hours and forty five minutes of community service. Martha’s Kitchen’s Mini-Market Day provides free but limited (in quantity) grocery supplies to those people who live in The Maycroft, those who have children at the school at They Maycroft and those who live in the neighboring community. All that is required of them is to present a valid ID. They can shop for as many as up to three people, and the quantities are appropriated accordingly.
Mini-Market Day is about providing grocery supplies to those in the community and occurs thrice in a month. It is a smaller version of Market Day. In providing the community with free food, the service tackles the rising food insecurity that many Americans face. While serving the members attending Market Day, the gleefulness they display and the blessings they shower on me allow me to better understand just what this service means to them. I am a firm believer in philanthropy, charity and providing faith as important tools to building sustainable and prosperous communities. Martha’s Table’s Mini-Market Day does just that.
The service relates to multiple concepts of the course. The first, business. Martha’s Table provides a sustainable business model comprising of a sustainable supply chain, paid workers and volunteers. These workers could be assigned to cleaning, serving, cooking etc. based on their age and physical capabilities. The process is inclusive and doesn’t involve any kind of discrimination. As stated, the provision of food and creation of jobs is valuable to the community as it uplifts those who work and provides food to those who cannot provide for themselves. Participation in this service experience made me feel part of a larger community, despite not being American. I met other students who were also committed to providing selfless service.
Service is a value deeply embedded in my religion and family, so it was not a strange act to me. I am used to volunteering at local religious sites including cooking and providing food to people akin to those at Martha’s Table. This service is vital for the community which houses many elderly people, and those who might need to support large families on their own. You know you’re doing the right kind of service when the people you serve tear up at the very action of being able to put food on their plate and in the stomachs of those in their care. I am deeply connected to Martha’s Table for the work they do and look forward to working with them for the rest of my time in DC.
Helped bag food for elementary school families!
Put groceries in bags, fun time!
Another session at the Food and Tidy Up Shift. Working with two other students that hadn't done the shift before, I helped guide them on what to do. Another enjoyable shift with Mark, he does a great job of coordinating students efficiently and respectfully.
I helped in food tidy-up and cleaning for a two hours shift. I had a feeling of satisfaction when I was organizing the food and thinking about how my actions will eventually help in making a community of people in need happy.
Wonderful as always