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Great Reasons to Volunteer Your Time Serving Meals

Mission Possible

One way the Mission Possible organization provides support to those in need is by serving regular meals on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

Do you know who relies on food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and meal programs? Would you be surprised to learn that it’s single-parent families, two-parent families, people on social assistance, children, seniors, working people and homeowners alike?

Mission Possible is one organization that aims to lend support to those in need. It is a humanitarian agency that transforms lives by helping those challenged by homelessness and poverty achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. In addition to its other programs, several times a week the Mission serves meals to those in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

Servign Meals at Mission Possible

People helping to serve meals through the kitchen window at Mission Possible

As part of Creation’s ‘Working Together to Make a Difference’ program, I’ve had the opportunity to serve lunch at Mission Possible three times since we formed a relationship with the organization in 2008. It’s always an unforgettable experience.

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season, and the whole year through? Try volunteering to spend some time serving meals at a local mission or shelter. Based on my experience with Mission Possible, here are my top reasons to get involved. Some of them might surprise you.

 

7 Reasons You Should Volunteer Serving Meals

  1. The environment is a model for how to treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  2. Learn about how to build great teams and practice your teamwork skills – for example, each volunteer is assigned a clearly defined role which makes the kitchen friendly and efficient.
  3. Have interesting conversations! I always enjoy the diverse discussions I have with the Mission guests about things like who Creation is as a company, the God particle, and Canadian politics.
  4. Have even more interesting conversations! In addition to learning from the Mission guests, I enjoy the great discussion with the staff about their lives and involvement with the agency.
  5. It’s a good reminder to respect everyone’s differences, at home and at work – for example, respecting an individual’s preference to be left alone and not engage in a conversation.
  6. It’s like a family – it’s fun, and you get to meet some great characters. During my most recent visit I had to be quick to get out of the way of an 80-year-old, confident man who bypassed the line and went straight to his regular chair. (The Mission does its best to accommodate the elderly by serving them at their table).
  7. Pause, reflect, and appreciate people who are volunteering with severe disabilities of their own. What’s our excuse to not volunteer at a broader level?

 

serving meals that are healthy

Organizations like Mission Possible work very hard to provide healthy, filling meals to those in need


So what are you doing this Christmas?

If you are interested in volunteering your time or making a donation, please contact an organization in your area. You’ll really be Making a Difference.

In Canada: Volunteer Canada
In the USA: VolunteerMatch
In China: www.ngocn.net
In Mexico: Please share any tips you have for how Mexican residents can volunteer in Mexico!

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