Brian and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Lord’s Diner last Tuesday. Brian had to be forced into participating, but overall it was a great experience for both of us. I’m actually thinking of volunteering on a regular basis. Except, I don’t belong to a church or other community group so I will need to reach out to Sheryl and find out what days they need help most. On the plus side, I already have my food handler’s license so at least that part is out of the way.
The most amusing apart about volunteering at the Lord’s Diner is that I thought it was a restaurant when I first started working downtown several years ago. As Brian and I were driving home one night, we saw a huge line of people waiting outside.
I said something like, “Wow. That restaurant must be really good because there’s a huge waiting list. We need to try it sometime.” Brian explained that it wasn’t a restaurant, but rather a soup kitchen. I felt like a dodo. The long line outside the building totally made sense.
Fast forward a decade and we finally got to see inside. Brian volunteered for dishwashing duties, despite having arrived before any of the other volunteers and having his pick of all of the jobs. Sheryl said she usually has to ask someone to be dishwasher. It’s very rare that someone eagerly volunteers for the job. Brian didn’t want to interact with anyone though. Since I had my food handler’s card, I got to serve food in the food line.
The experience was both fun and rewarding. I can’t believe I hadn’t volunteered before. Then again, I was going to school and working full time for most of the last ten years so I didn’t really have much free time to spare. Now that I’m no longer in school, I can now participate in various community service activities. It’s one thing to be thankful for the blessings that you have. It’s another to actually give back.
If you are interested in helping, contact Jan Haberly, Executive Director of the Lord’s Diner. Volunteers are encouraged to work through their church, work, or other community group. Go that route first. Gifts and monetary donations are also welcome.