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24 March 2009 @ 12:23 pm
ボランチアーしています♪ Volunteering a-go-go!  
So, last Friday and Saturday, I volunteered with a really great group here, Second Harvest Japan. It was my first time doing anything like this in Japan, and I really hope that I have the chance to do more in the future! Actually, I will make sure to make it a regular thing. I definitely, definitely want to help out as much as possible!!

Second Harvest is at heart a food bank, and they do various types of food drives and other things to help provide needy people with food and support. I was really impressed with them, and I've been looking for a way to help out people, and it seemed to fit really well!! So starting early Friday morning, I came to their warehouse and cut vegetables and meat and generally got things ready for the food bank activities on Saturday. Then early Saturday morning, I headed out and spent the morning cooking food and sorting through donated vegetables and fruit, separating the salvageable from the stuff that was no longer edible. Then, we headed off to Ueno park, where we spent the rest of the afternoon serving food to homeless people and people that needed a hot meal. There was all kinds of food, even strawberries! I started out serving the strawberries until we ran out, and then I switched to handing out the bowls. IT WAS SO GREAT!! It didn't matter how tiring it was-- it was by far one of the best experiences that I've ever had!! Everyone was so different and their reactions were very individual.. it's really put my thoughts about homeless people into a new perspective. I really, really loved it. I want to do it again and again and again!!

One day when we achieve world peace, I think that we will be in a position to eliminate poverty as well. If only everyone would find a way to help out someone else that needs a hand. Even if you're the one who needs a hand (I certainly do at times, and right now I could use one emotionally), find a way to help out in whatever way you can, and the world would be a little bit of a better place. That's the idea! Right now, I can't spare any money, and I have very little time. But I can spare what I do have. It's important to me, because how can I expect others to help out if I don't do what I can, myself? This ties into something that I'm trying to develop on the side... I really, really hope that I can find a way to work these things out! ^__^

I feel good! ^____________________^ I hope that everyone gets a chance to do something so fulfilling in your life! If you volunteer, comment and let me know about what you do?
one_batone_bat on March 24th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
What a brilliant idea. Kudos to you for getting involved.
midnightcity01midnightcity01 on March 24th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
that sounds like fun ^____^

I volunteer at my local church helping out with the inner city kids that don't get opportunities that come to them. it's very rewarding to help out kids and you see how these kids go through hardships living poverty. I like going out there and helping them out
[hikari]x_hikari on March 24th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
There should be more people like you in the world!
I truly hope I will live to see the day when our world is rid of poverty and hunger. I'm glad that you take time to help even when you're so busy. Too many people use the I don't have time/money excuse.

Volunteering is ammmaazzzing, i think there isn't a better feeling in the world knowing you've done something to make someone's life just a little better.
I've volunteered around my community mostly, but I've also worked with Free the Children and World Vision as a student ambassador for fund raisers and stuff like 30 hour famine
and I think the best experience by far is my volunteer trip down in the Dominican Republic with Power Trips Inc. I'm planning on going to China, Kenya and India soon too!

<3 <3 <3
Janelle: MacHall - hugchibi_rei on March 24th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Good for you! Volunteering is so important.

I didn't realize Second Harvest was an international charity. I work at a grocery store and they come to our store just about every day to pick up food we'd have to throw out. Because of regulations (and of course if the 'sell by' date comes up) we have to throw out a ridiculous amount of food every day. Thank God we don't throw most of it out! I'd be pretty pissed otherwise.
Tea Rosetea_rose on March 24th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
At my temple (before the nasty politics took over and killed all semblance of fun), we used to cook food and pass them around to the devotees during the eve and on Wesak day. We had homeless and poor people eating and sharing tables with those who are well-off or moderately so, and I used to love the idea behind this activity, that no matter what your background is, you are essentially of equal rank and status as everyone else.

Other than that, I used to help out at a local shelter for abused and neglected children, and taught them basic things like language and math. Pretty fun, even when there were days I would go home and cry because these kids are amazing and so incredibly brave and I love them so much.
Mana Dillontaijimana on March 24th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
I'm not easliy impressed but I used to live near Ueno Park so I know just how big a job that is to volunteer for!

That's really something to be proud of.
cryduchatcryduchat on March 24th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've been a sponsor for Women for Women Int. and the Dongyu Gatsal Nunnery for 3 years. Both organizations support women's rights through basic education/vocational training.

There's a place down in Baltimore I'm dying to help out at for refugees of trauma and torture.

The more we help out in the world the more our own problems get put into their proper perspective! Yay compassion!
dameboudicca on March 24th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
That sounds really great - so fulfilling experiences are rare and need to be treasured, remembered, and tried again!
bidiabidia on March 24th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
also I make this type of voluntary service !! I am to the Red Cross but I deal with the people that don't have possibility and they come to ask some provisions...before I made voluntary service in the hospital and it was indeed an experience of life but university has now sent me to the red cross..if the people understood that they serve only a couple of hours to week to do some good I think that the world would be best.I am happy to know that also from you there is who deals with the poor in this period.. in italy who turns to the red cross for help is grown and apart the caritas other places of distribution of the meals don't exist… let's help!!
altaeciafaltaeciaf on March 24th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Volunteering is one of the things i love the most about my job. For the past few years i have been volunteering for a Cancer Care organization, what i do there is i teach the women who are going through chemotherapy how to apply their makeup and make them feel like beautiful women again. Nothing is better than the look on their faces when they see themselves in the mirror.
taishitaishi on March 26th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Who is the cutie in the picture? :)
Frey: Bookstsuki_fru on March 26th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
It's always nice to hear about someone volunteering to help others. Thank you for helping to show the world the good side of humanity.

You also got me thinking about what i've done to help out this last year, it didn't feel like much when i thought on it before. I helped nine charities the last year by raising money, collecting food, cooking, gathering clothing, or building homes(because that just rocks) XD!

And now i sound like i have an ego so i shall go die in the corner.

Have a fun day!!