Baton Rouge – Day 4

Thursday, our organization had a change of plans. Instead of going back to work with All Hands, we split into 2 groups. One group did environmental work (clearing trails and landscaping) and the second group went back to the food bank. I was a part of the second group and we were joined by a [more…]

Baton Rouge – Day 2 & 3

Tuesday and Wednesday we woke up bright and early to be sent to work with a volunteer program known as All Hands Volunteers. All Hands is a non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. The group I was assigned to went to a woman’s house, Miss Shirley, to [more…]

Baton Rouge – Day 1

On Monday, our first day after arriving in Louisiana, we were sent to work with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Marc, who was a general manager of the operation, told us how the flood waters had impacted their business by washing away or damaging a majority of the donated goods. Here we were put [more…]

Washington DC – Day 5

On our last day in DC, our time volunteering was completed. We spent this day visiting the Holocaust Museum along with the few Smithsonian’s we were able to squeeze in. Our groups split up and conquered the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History. Once we finished our tour [more…]

Washington DC – Day 4

On Thursday, the 4th day in DC, my group was sent to Seabury which is a company designed to go to the homes of the elderly who need assistance taking care of their homes – inside and out. Here, we were sent to a woman’s house where we cleaned up her yard and revitalized her gardens. [more…]

Washington DC – Day 3

On the third day, we volunteered at a senior’s long term care facility. Here we were able to interact and converse with the residents. During our stay here we mostly kept the residents company. The employees allowed us to polish the female residents’ fingernails, since that was something they enjoyed. It was a simple yet [more…]

Washington DC – Day 2

The second day of our trip, two of our groups went to the Capitol Area Food Bank. Here, we were able to help them re-package boxes of collected food that were to be sent out to different shelters and be distributed across DC. I was amazed at how large the food bank was when we [more…]

Washington DC – Day 1

Our first day volunteering in DC, my group was assigned to go to Martha’s Table, an organization who works to provide food, education, and opportunities. While there, we were assigned to help with the preparation of the evening meal. It was interesting to know that, although we only had 7 of us from NW and 2 [more…]