One of the highlights of my job is that I attend many ground breaking and ribbon cutting events for affordable housing projects that we help with grant funding. We attend events, provide congratulatory remarks and take a tour of the property. Sometimes we meet residents and learn the true impact of affordable housing. However, I never do anything helpful at these events and have never volunteered at one of our properties.
I attended the Bank’s CARE Committee volunteer fair in June and told myself NOT to volunteer for anything else. I attended the fair just to visit with staff from properties that we funded. However, after speaking with the volunteer coordinator for the Wheeler Center for Women and Children, I volunteered to serve lunch at the shelter and this will be a “New Thing” for me.
I spend about half the day volunteering at the shelter in July. I assist with some kitchen prep and clean tables to prepare for lunch. I sit with the ladies at their community meeting and realize how many daily blessings I take for granted. Then I help some other volunteers serve in the lunch line – hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and applesauce.
Overall, this is a very rewarding experience and I encourage you to volunteer in your community. No photos are allowed of the residents but here is the Wheeler Center for Women and Children facility.