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Would anyone want to attend this event and help host?
Hosting isn't hard.
It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together.
If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup.
I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.
This is from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.
"Our mission is simple: To feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all – the children."
"We provide this meal to our guests in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere."
"We believe that no one should go to bed hungry, on the street or otherwise."
"The Soup Kitchen provides a nutritional and tasteful meal to the less fortunate in our community."
"Currently, the Soup Kitchen is serving over 300 guests per day, 7 days per week."
Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted a few times per month, but if another Saturday or Sunday morning fits your schedule / availability better, lmk and I can add it to the calendar and maybe others can join you.
Their requirements are:
"Minimum 15 year age requirement"
"Dress code - closed toed shoes, long hair pulled back, no tank tops"
Volunteers can help in the kitchen (prepare food & cook breakfast) or in the dining room (set-up & meal service).
The weekends can get full/crowded with several volunteers. It's possible it may seem like "too many volunteers," so please keep that in mind if deciding to go.
If other individuals/groups, such as many high school students are also there to help, thank you for being patient and understanding.
Of all the events I've attended since 2010, this is the only one I witnessed someone behaving in a questionable and disrespectful manner toward volunteers.
Admittedly, my observation is limited and anecdotal. Nevertheless, this is included because I don't want anyone to have a bad/negative experience.
One lady who works there can become volatile and explosive. Unequivocally, she can be sweet, friendly, loving, etc. But based on two experiences, she might have a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde personality, and can quickly switch to an angry and abrasive "Hulk."
One time, she scolded and rebuked a girl (high school student) for wearing shorts. In front of others, she yelled, humiliated, and embarrassed her, making her cry.
Another time, I saw her yell at other students for standing around. In their defense, sometimes many volunteers help on the weekends, and for those who are new, they may not necessarily know what to help with.
Some people might wait until given instructions/directions, but for some reason, she lashed out in anger. Maybe it's her way of reducing the # of volunteers in the future because some probably wouldn't want to return.
She seems passionate, committed, dedicated, and as the name of soup kitchen alludes to, very caring. Maybe she's under a lot of stress/duress and feels overwhelmed or burnt out. I don't know. It's disturbing and shocking to see an adult yell at kids who are there to volunteer. Most parents probably wouldn't like nor condone their kid(s) being treated that way.
Others have mentioned her on Yelp - https://www.yelp.com/biz/someone-cares-soup-kitchen-costa-mesa
Anyhow, the point of this isn't to deter or discourage anyone from volunteering. This is intended as a warning. If anyone goes to help, just be careful of one particular person, and if helping in the dining room...if you see her, look busy so you don't get yelled at. Hopefully you have a positive experience and don't get verbally attacked. Thank you for helping. Cheers!
The soup kitchen is across the street from Smart & Final.
Parking is available in the back.
Around 7:30am, look for an open door to their kitchen.
They usually meet inside the dining room and will give a quick intro/overview, and then assign roles.
If you want to stay busy, helping in the kitchen is probably better.
If you prefer a slower pace and don't mind some inactivity or standing around, then helping in the dining room might be better.
If other individuals/groups, such as high school students are also there to help, thank you for being patient and understanding if it's crowded.
Photo Source/Credit: OC Register