Tuesday, March 20th!
Such a full day! I got to start my morning bright and early at 6:00 here (5:00 Missouri time, whew!) to help out with breakfast preparation and to get the day rolling. We worked at 3 different work sites today, each with their own challenges and lessons. We first arrived to the food kitchen that we were serving breakfast at 8:00. There we provided breakfast to over 100 people in downtown Jacksonville and we got to interact with tons of different people both from those we were serving and other volunteers. That site took a lot of team work and delegation. I enjoyed seeing the system that they had set up to serve everyone in an orderly manner.
For our second project we got to go back to the church that we were staying at and help them with one of the social ministry projects they had operation out of this church. They had tons and tons of clothing donations from returns from other companies that they sort and give to people that need clothes. I was a great opportunity to get to know the people that work out of this location. As a group working together we had an amazing time laughing and sorting clothes. Time was able to fly by fast as we were working hard and having fun.
For our third an final project of the day we joined up with another group to work in a large apartment complex. This location had a fire back in December and had to evacuate after the fire caused sprinklers to go off and for there to be flooding. After they moved everyone out to take care of the water damage they also found asbestos. On top of all those issues this apartment complex was for low income and disabled people so they needed extra help moving and sorting boxes as they returned to their homes. This helped with what I believe is my biggest take away from today and the work that we’ve done and also helps me appreciate how lucky I am. This is because at the end of the day we had to leave early due to bed bugs. Fortunately we were able to return to clean clothes and clean beds while the people at those apartments are still in those crappy conditions and that’s their lives and they don’t have the opportunities that we have to walk away when things are bad.