Outreach Volunteer Spotlight

Outreach Volunteer Spotlight

Hi everybody, 

  • We served 42 this past Saturday! Can you believe it?! A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers and donors (clothes and food) who make this happen every week. Because of this we are now asking anyone who is interested in preparing food for our Saturday guests to prepare enough for 50 because of this huge increase.
  • We are running low on plastic bags used for the guests to put their toiletries and clothes in. Also, we are still in need of men’s winter items, specifically, pants, long sleeves, and jackets.
  • I have created two SignUp Genius sites related to meal prep. The first one is for Saturday breakfasts and the other is for shelter dinners. I am currently looking to fill the November slots for the Saturday cupboard. Anyone who is interested in making shelter dinners may sign up for those now too! Here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.MyAccount#/
  • For shelter dinners, I am estimating we will want up to 3-4 meals per week. (These will be meals that are prepared at home and dropped off at the shelter. Bethesda Project is not currently allowing any volunteers, so there will be no shared shelter meals for the foreseeable future). Although I have created a sign up for everyday of the month, I will adjust accordingly depending on how many volunteers sign up.

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And now, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight and introduce to Old First two very special individuals who have been a tremendous help with the Saturday Cupboard during this difficult time. Their names are John and Dawn and since re-opening the shopping experience, they have been here every Saturday to serve our guests clothes. When we were low on volunteers, these two were always here and ready to help. Not only that, but John has consistently come during the week to sort clothes and organized the entire shed!

When asked what inspires them to serve the homeless, Dawn shared, “Over 20 years ago when I was in a place of need, I remember the plate of spaghetti and meatballs and glass of milk that was served to me as a wonderful soul rummaged through donations to get me socks and a fresh set of clothes. Those acts of humanity can never be repaid, they can only be paid forward. I am frequently looking for opportunities to pay it forward.”

John added, “I was homeless once for close to 10 yrs. I know what it’s like to not have clothes and to wear the same clothes for months at a time. This is a great opportunity to pay it forward. There were people who helped me and it’s my turn to help others. It’s also a very spiritual experience for me to help those less fortunate.”

Again a huge thank you to these two, and you can always meet them on Saturdays!

Have a great rest of the week,

Jess Selingo

Outreach Coordinator

MSW, LSW