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Dec 7, 2016
Sherfy Garden Week 3

The third time I went was on October 4th. When me and Jolene drove to the garden today, she invited me to go on a short hike at the battlefields later that week. Of course I accepted this invitation and looked forward to going on a hike. When we got to the garden, again we walked around looking at what needed to be done. And again, the peppers were ready harvest. For a full hour, I harvested the most amount of peppers. Again, they were jalapenos, banana peppers, and bell peppers. After I was finished, Jolene decided to take me to place where the peppers go. We drove to the campus kitchen, and asked them if they wanted any of the peppers. The staff there said no, so instead we took them right next door to S.C.C.A.P., which had a free farmers market for those people less fortunate. When we told them what we had, the workers were so excited because all of the people who get food kept asking about our peppers. It was great to feel like our harvest was being used in a positive way for our community. It is amazing to see the difference we are making. It was a bunch of fun!

Posted at 07:25 pm by Francescagar1
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Sherfy Garden Week 2

The second time I went to the Sherfy garden was on September 27. This time, Jolene picked me up outside of my dorm because she now knew where it was. This time, as we drove, we continued to fill in each other about out lives. I really enjoy talking to Jolene because she is so compassionate and a great listener. She makes me feel comfortable to be around her, despite knowing her for such a short amount of time. When we got to the garden, it was time to do a survey of what was ready to pick. As we walked around, another volunteer named John showed up. John only came when it was time to weed-whack anything, because that was his favorite job. While walking around for the second time, I started to recognize the produce Sherfy farm was growing. There were green tomatoes, a plethora of peppers, many different herbs and spices, berries, kohlrabi, lettuce, brussels sprouts, beets, and a few other vegetables. While walking over to the sunflower plants, I found a massive praying mantis eating an ant. It was so fascinating. Later, I pulled out most of the beets, and cut off the greens on the top that were not supposed to be eaten. In the end, my second visit to the Sherfy garden was great!

Posted at 06:19 pm by Francescagar1
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Sherfy Garden Week 1

My first time at Sherfy Garden was September 22. I reached out to Jolene, a woman who was in charge of the whole thing by e-mail. She promptly e-mailed me back asking me to walk to the 7-11 to get picked up, because she did not know where my dorm was. I agreed, and that morning I walked to 7-11 and waited outside. A few minutes later, a blue mini van with an outer banks sticker rolled up. The woman inside the car asked if I was Francesca and I said yes while hopping in. On the ten minute drive to the garden, we got to know each other's brief back stories. When we finally pulled up to a beautiful red house with a small garden on the side yard enclosed by a white picket fence. The first thing Jolene did was gave me a tour of the garden, and the barn with supplies. I did not really retain what crops were growing just yet, as it was my first time, but I do know there was a lot of peppers. I know this because that was my first job. I harvested a huge basket of jalepenos, banana peppers, and bell peppers. When I finished, Jolene told me how impressed she was and we left. I had such a wonderful time, and knew I would soon find this place as a new home.

Posted at 05:09 pm by Francescagar1
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Dec 6, 2016
Soup Kitchen Day 12

This was my final day of volunteering for the local soup kitchen. Something unique happened to me as I was walking up the sidewalk to the church today, through the rain and the breeze-riding cold. A short African American man was walking beside me, and he asked me how I was doing. I answered him and we spoke for a little while as we neared the kitchen. I asked him his name. "Gary," he replied. We shook hands, and then I asked him where he was going. He said that he was walking home, and that he was going to change clothes for work. Then he said that first he would get some food at another soup kitchen along the way, and told me, when I revealed that I was a volunteer for the one closer to us, that he would not stay at his kitchen long. He would sit to eat and then get up to leave as soon as he could, for "once I sit down, I don't know if I'm going to want to get back up." I was busy my last day at the soup kitchen. I brought around the snack basket again, but this time I also carried a crate of socks from which the diners chose their goods. At the end of my final shift, I said good-bye to all of the other volunteers, and to Jan, and told them that I might be back to volunteer in the future. I hope that I did a helpful job well done.

Posted at 02:03 pm by Alex Romano
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Dec 2, 2016
Campus Kitchen Day 7

Today in the kitchen we made food for the office of aging to be served to the elderly guests there. Again it was just me and one other volunteer but we luckily just made everything on time to bring it over. We made salmon, corn and veggie stir fry, rice, salad, and pumpkin bread. I was actually impressed with the meal in the end it was very nice and full, I kinda wanted to have some when we were serving. It went pretty smoothly and I guess we were supposed to have a delivery of donations that we were gonna have to sort but the girl never brought them. So we had some free time while we waited for things to be done cooking which was a good break because my feet were starting to hurt. Once we were done cooking we put everything in a big bag and cleaned up the kitchen. We then had to bring everything over to the building across the street. We went into the kitchen there and made up plates that people brought out to be served to the elderly folks. They were all very appreciative and we even got christmas cards for going. After everything was served we were free to go and they kept all the leftovers in case people wanted to take any home for family members.

Posted at 06:03 pm by Julia Soares
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Campus Kitchen Day 6

Today in the kitchen we actually had a lot of work to do. We were making meals for the a program that runs in Glat on campus actually helping adults learn english, however we had some stuff to do cleaning up the kitchen that took up a lot of time as well. We made corn, garlic bread, chicken, and cupcakes. It was only me and one other volunteer but luckily we were pretty efficient and had some down time while things were cooking. We helped to reorganize some shelves that had lots of different types of containers and lids on them which was actually hard because it was very full. We also moved some canned items from one shelf to underneath the table and reorganized some of those. I washed the dishes again which I tend to end up doing every time I go but I actually enjoy it so it was okay. I enjoyed making the cupcakes and decorating them because we were able to put sprinkles on them. Once we put all the food together another volunteer came with his car and took it to deliver it to Glat for serving. We did just a little more cleaning and then we were done. Walking home was very cold and dark, and I will have to remember that for next time.

Posted at 05:55 pm by Julia Soares
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Nov 29, 2016
Day 1 with my Little! (BBBS)

Today I finally got to meet my Little! Her name is Cara* and she is 9 years old in 3rd grade! She has cute strawberry blonde hair with blue streaks in it! Since it was the first time meeting her, I didn't get a lot of in depth information about her life, but I did learn a lot about her. I learned that she has two brothers, one of them is 11 in middle school and that her mom has a boyfriend. I also learned that she loves books about spooky stories. So today we read a book about schools that are haunted. She loved it, it was so cute the see her get so excited about the stories. She read some of the book and I read some of it to her as well. After we read some of the book we decided to do her homework. She only had math homework and she did it very quickly. It asked what 5 x 7 was and I was surprised by how quickly she answered it because I grew up with a little brother who isn't the best at math so it takes him longer. We finished her homework and then finished reading the book. After that she showed me her dolls and we read a book about a fish who got left out. Then after we finished reading that we looked at an I-Spy book which was fun for us to do together. She said things like "Im so stupid" if she couldn't find something which broke my heart. But, I told her she was not stupid and encouraged her to keep looking. Time flew by with Cara today and I can't wait to see her next week again for our Christmas party! I am also looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully more years to come with her.

Posted at 05:59 pm by livmacdonald
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Soup Kitchen Day 11

It was a cool, rainy day at the soup kitchen today. The inclement weather, I believe, deterred people from coming in to eat. We had a relatively low number of diners during this shift, which is something of a surprise, as it was voucher day, and I expected that there would be many people wanting to turn in their fully punched cards for the meat and nonperishable item promised to them by the card. Despite the unanticipatedly small turnout, there were still plenty of tasks to handle, but not anything out of the ordinary. I apologize, but I think that I am running out of new things to include in my entries. I will remain vigilant for any unusual occurrences, however, in what few shifts I have left.

Posted at 02:30 pm by Alex Romano
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Nov 28, 2016
Campus Kitchen Day 5

Today was a very chill and quick day at the kitchen. We were preparing Meals on Wheels again so all we had to do was fill boxes up for individuals. We had to again make sure there was a balanced meal so we had separate types of food to add. We cut up some cake a pies for dessert and put a slice in each. Then we added this potato block thing from Servo in. Last we added meatballs and beans to complete the meal. We had 28 total to be delivered. I then washed the dishes which I have done a lot actually so I got the system down pretty well. There are three separate sinks one for soaping, one for rinsing, and one for sanitizing that we put their weird pill like thing in that disintegrates and we let the cleaned items soak in. I worked with two people I had already worked with which was nice because I was able to have nice conversations with both.

Posted at 06:02 pm by Julia Soares
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Nov 22, 2016
Soup Kitchen Day 10

On my tenth day and twentieth hour of fulfiiling volunteer work at the soup kitchen, I could confidently count all of the new faces (of which there were very few) from the old faces. One man (whose gruff appearance and ragged white beard urge me to refer to him in private as Nick Notle) received his eighth and final meal punch for the month, and was elated to be able to retrieve a voucher next Tuesday. I had to leave early, as my mother had to pick me up from my residence hall later in the early afternoon, and then I returned home for the first time in almost three consecutive months to try to enjoy the Thanksgiving break.

Posted at 06:40 pm by Alex Romano
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