New Happenings at Outreach

New Happenings at Outreach

Hello Old Firsters,

I hope everyone has been having a good week. As always some announcements:

  • We served 55 guests this past Saturday… our highest number to date since re-opening!
  • The shelter officially started this past Monday, November 9th. If you are interested in signing up to prepare a meal for the 27 men, it’s not too late! Here’s the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ca4ab2eaafa7-shelter2
  • Because the shelter is now fully up and running, the Saturday Cupboard will no longer be held in the social hall. Instead, it will be held in the CE building
  • As per usual, I’m always on the hunt for men’s clothes! I can never have to much so if you or someone you know would like to donate, they can reach out to me via Facebook or by email at volunteer@oldfirstucc.org and we can coordinate together.

A New Avenue for Outreach…

A little while ago, it was brought to my attention by one of our clothes volunteers that we get many high end brand name (sometimes unused) clothes. It was proposed by this volunteer that instead of giving one of our guests a high end, brand name jacket for example, that we can instead sell it and use the profits to buy items or more clothes for the cupboard that are needed. The platform that would be used to sell these items is an app called Poshmark.

Poshmark is an online retail store where people post items that they are interested in selling. Furthermore, the buyer pays for priority shipping at the time of purchase so there would be no cost on Old First’s end.  I was 100% on board with the idea, and it was recently approved by the Outreach SLG! As a result, I will soon be making an Old First profile which will list items that are either very expensive (hundreds of dollars worth), or high-end dress shoes/shirts. I’m very excited to see where this goes!

And this weeks volunteer of the week is….. Claire!      

Claire is also a newer volunteer with Old First, but in a mere 2 Saturdays she has already made connections with the guests who know her by name and look forward to seeing her every week. When asked about her experience volunteering at the cupboard here is what she had to say:

“I moved to Philadelphia this summer for graduate school and to work as a second-grade teacher. One of the first things I did was look for somewhere to volunteer. I found that the majority of places had shut down to Covid; Old First was one of the only places that still had service opportunities. I continue to be grateful that, despite the pandemic, Old First has continued to find ways to serve and help people.  Each week, at least one guest always manages to make my day with kind remarks and well wishes for Old First and its volunteers. I am thankful that Old First continues to find ways to help serve the community.”

Thank you so much to Claire and the rest of our amazing volunteers!  🙂