I find that it is always a worthwhile experience when one is supporting others their own age. It becomes more powerful since, in some cases, it is unbelievable certain things are happening to those the same age. This time we were there it was much more organized and there were many tasks that we were asked to do. We went right in and got to work. I was in a group of peers who chose to organize and clean the activities room. Activities was definitely the right title. There was a drum kit and treadmill scooted into a corner right next to a ping-pong table, and large shelving units full of craft supplies and games. It was a very busy room. Altogether it took three hours to clean, organize, and move tables around to offer more productive workspace.
One other colleague of mine and I hopped onto another job of changing the codes on Thank You letters. With a non-profit such as this it is important to save as much supplies as possible so all the benefits can go directly to the children. Six hundred and ninety seven letters were changed so that they could be used. Other jobs included picking up litter throughout the premises, emptying expired soda cans and disposing of them, organizing new library books, and putting together gifts for volunteers.