We spent our mornings volunteering with kids from the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club. This is our 5th year partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to incorporate service learning into their existing summer programming, and as usual, we all had a great time!
Our theme was Food Insecurity. One in four people (the majority of them children) in south Georgia do not know where there next meal is coming from, but fortunately, there are non-profit organizations and people in our community who work to combat this issue:
- Second Harvest – provides discounted food products and meals to local churches, food banks, and youth organizations.
- Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen – cooks and serves hot meals daily to neighbors in need.
- Scott Senior Center – provides daily activities and meals to the elderly.
Day one was spent at Second Harvest, sorting giant boxes of food collected during the Postal Food Drive that took place this past May. This food will be distributed to local organizations to help feed the hungry.
Day two, we volunteered at Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen where we helped prep for lunch service, cleaned the food pantry, and organized the thrift store. Although we were not able to help serve meals due to our schedule, we learned that sometimes helping anyway you can means a lot to our non–profit partners.
Day three, we visited Scott Senior Center where we crafted, weeded the garden, and of course played everyone\’s favorite game, BINGO! By the end of the day, many new friends were made and our participants learned that sometimes the simplest way to make a difference in your community is to connect with those who live in it with you.
Overall, it was a great group of kids, and we had a wonderful time with them as they learned from HOTC how they can make a positive difference through volunteer service. We look forward to doing it again next year!
Thank you to all the donors and supporters who make programs like these possible, especially the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation; and Diamond Level & Above Sponsors Ashley HomeStore, and Ms. Diane W. Parker.