Group Volunteering Opportunity – Meals For Homeless Shelter

with Maia Boswell-Penc

June 2nd—January 6th (2018)

Date details +
    Room: See program description for location

    Group Volunteering Opportunity –

    Providing & Sharing Meals at the Interfaith Homeless Shelter

     

    Please join us in preparing, serving and sharing a meal with the guests at the Interfaith Shelter for the Homeless.  A heart-warming opportunity, this is a great way to get out and recognize the “basic goodness” of all, while bringing our vision into action in a very concrete way. Please click this link to sign-up: https://doodle.com/poll/fcrdairwffvhn2c6


    When:

    Once a month.

    n  lunches on the 1st Friday of every other month

    n  dinners on the first Sunday of the alternate month

     

    Upcoming (subsequent dates will follow this pattern:

     

    Friday lunch: June 2nd

     

    Sunday dinner: July 2nd

     

    Friday lunch: August 4th

     

    Sunday dinner: Septemeber 3rd

     

    Friday lunch: October 6th

     

    Sunday dinner: November 5th

     

    What Time:

    Lunches are served at Noon; Dinners are served at 5:30 pm.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance, particularly if you will need to heat your item, or if you will need to cut it into serve-able portions.

     

    Do We Go on Our Own or Meet at the Center?

     

    n  On Fridays we will be caravanning from the Center just after the book study group, at around 11:15. 

    n  You are welcome to drop food off at the Center for someone else to take for you, if you cannot make this time. 

    n  Or you can meet us at the Shelter a bit before noon, or drop food off at the Shelter, clearly marked. 

     

    What do We Bring?

    These meals will be pot-luck style (at least for now); the residents like a variety of foods to choose from.

     

    How Do We Sign Up?

    Please sign up below for whatever you would like to contribute. 

     

    How Many People Need to Sign Up for Each Meal?

    As long as we have enough food to feed the guests and volunteers, we need a minimum of 3 to serve and join the guests in eating.  The Shelter suggests a maximum of 10 volunteers at each meal.

     

    Are there Other Roles to Fill?

    Yes.  We will need three volunteers to heat any food that needs it, to cut any food that has not been portioned, and to serve the food; please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the meal.  

     

    Up to 7 others can help bring food in to the serving spot and get plates for guests in wheelchairs.  All are welcome to eat with the guests. 

     

    This is a wonderful opportunity to share, connect, hear the guests’

     stories, and answer any questions they may have about Shambhala or meditation. Several shelter guests have expressed interest in joining our meditation sessions.  This is a wonderful opportunity for outreach.  And a wonderful service to offer those who are in crisis. 

     

    The guests are expected to do clean-up.  You are welcome to take any left-overs home, or leave them for later meals. 

     

    How Long will this Take?

    Typically, the meal is served and completed in about 45 minutes.

     

    Can We Bring Food and Prepare a Meal Together?

    Yes.  This would be great.  If you would like to coordinate with others to do this, please use the sign-up sheets to converse and plan.

     

    How Many Are We Cooking for?

    The Shelter asks us to cook for 30 guests, plus ourselves (they suggest having 3- 10 volunteers for each meal); usually, there are far fewer guests than this, so if you are short on food, do not worry. 

     

    Location of Shelter:

    176 Sheridan Ave. Interfaith Shelter for the Homeless.  (near Capital Rep)

     

     

     

    Sign-Up Sheet for Shelter Meals

    Green (or Other) Salad for 15-20 people (each volunteer brings enough for 15-20 people)

    1.________________________________________________

    2.________________________________________________

    Main Course for 15-20: (each volunteer brings enough for 15-20 people)

    1.________________________________________________

    2.________________________________________________

     

    Vegetable Dish for 15-20: (each volunteer brings enough for 15-20 people)

    1.______________________________________________________

    2._____________________________________________________

    Dessert for 15-20: (each volunteer brings enough for 15-20 people)

    1.___________________________________________________

    2._____________________________________________________

     

    Miscellaneous:

    1.____________________________________________________

    2._____________________________________________________

     

    Please contact Maia with any questions: mboswellpenc@gmail.com.