Written by: Dimitar Popov
Last week, the Nestle interns in Glendale volunteered at Hope Gardens Family Center. The Family Center is a transitional living facility where abandoned women and children get away from their impoverished, urban lives. At Hope Gardens, families learn to succeed financially, emotionally, physically, and scholastically. Once they’ve completed the assistance program, the families return to society with the necessary skills to get a job and support themselves.
A Chinese proverb says: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” (or something like that). It seems that the folks at Union Rescue Mission (the agency behind Hope Gardens Family Center) have a clear understanding of this concept and are working hard to implement it throughout our welfare programs. Their efforts should be recognized. I personally love the idea of a Family Center and I think that it should be expanded on a larger scale. It’s something that I have never seen before, as we do not have places like this in Ohio (at least none that I know of). It’s the only way that taxpayer money, or donations, could truly help the ones in need.
I truly enjoyed the volunteer experience. There were many interns at the event, assigned to different jobs. Some of us painted, others did yard-work, and some put up dry wall. I spent the majority of my time at the event insulating classrooms and dry walling. One thing’s for sure – I got quite a workout – my shoulders were on fire!
The best part of the event was the lunch. Nothing is better than a cookout after a long day of physical work.