Working at some so close to Thanksgiving was a humbling experience because it is a holiday that can be very expensive and is so focused around a meal. Growing up I never had to worry that we couldn't afford to get a thanksgiving dinner and being able to give someone a meal around thanksgiving that they may not otherwise be able to afford brought me a lot of joy. It is always so much fun to work at SOME and get to see and connect with volunteers and guests alike and I look forward to going back soon.
I got to work different jobs this time and it was cool to experience all of the different roles that make the service work, we were understaffed so it was a lot of running around but it was still a lot of fun.
Marina clean ups are a great opportunity to clean up where we practice and where other people sail
This was the second time I served lunch, it was all provided by a local church. It was to be a part of local organizations working together to help people they don't know. I saw a woman who had been there before when I was serving and seeing her come in smiling made my day. The atmosphere of joy and community in the dining room is infectious and I always leave SOME happier than when I got there.
This time volunteering one of the other volunteers turned 99 and we got to celebrate with her, it was incredible to see someone who had spent so much of their life helping others and getting to celebrate that. I got to know the group that she came with who do this once a month or so and hearing their stories of all the times they've had a SOME has made me want to continue doing this for years to come.
Every time I serve at SOME it is more fun. I have started to form a relationship with the staff and the regulars in the dining room, it is fun to hear about the new things in their life and to hear about the new things in their life and accomplishments they have achieved since I was last there. It is always a rewarding experience to serve at SOME and the organization is doing incredible work.
It was another great time serving breakfast, the guests were friendly and some made an effort to get to know the volunteers and put a smile on our faces. It was fulfilling to help these people as they focus on getting back on their feet and hearing that one of the guests was starting a new job that week was an incredible thing. We not only got to connect with the guests and staff but also volunteers from other universities and the greater DC community which made the whole thing feel more connected to the city.
It was an incredible opportunity to connect with the greater community and provide a meal that so many people take for granted. The community at SOME is so welcoming and the staff not only cares deeply about the people they help but also the volunteers who come to help, they make a point of getting to know everyone and make sure we are always smiling. It was a great way to start the day and a great way to give back to the community.