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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?
[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