Kids Zone and Enfield Loaves and Fishes
Posted by: Erin on Sep 27, 2012
What issue did your Take Action project address?
Through my school system, I've participated in a community service project for the last three years and I have been in girl scouts since kindergarten. We addressed the immense amount of food-deprived citizens in our community as well as creating a welcoming environment for the siblings of baseball players at a town-held baseball tournament. We also took action for the people of the soup kitchen we helped and had over a hundred and thirty sweatshirts donated to hand out at their annual Christmas party.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
To begin, I went to various stores and large companies to eventually receive 130 heavy-weight sweatshirts to hand out at the soup kitchen's Christmas party. We also created personalized name-tags for each volunteer at the soup kitchen by acquiring 106 of their names and displaying them on a cloth. I also helped organize an entire dinner at the soup kitchen where over a 100 people were served. The larger part of our project was organizing the 2nd annual "Kids Zone" at a local baseball tournament. Included in this was organizing a bounce house, carnival games table, craft table, and a security system complete with putting up our own fencing and paper bracelets to reconnect the participants with their parents. I also ordered all the supplies for the craft table and the prizes for the games table along with a ticket system to buy the games. After the tournament, I created a manual to allow the next hosts of the "Kids Zone" to take over and allow for an easy transition.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The events all ended with a huge success and were very appreciated. With the sweatshirts, 130 people went home that night warm and appreciative of all the volunteers and their efforts. The name tags helped the participants identify the staff and volunteers at the soup kitchen. The dinner we organized gave the everyday staff a day off and gave the participants the nutrition they needed to face another day. The "Kids Zone" gave a welcoming and an amicable environment to the little siblings of the baseball players throughout the tournament. The "Kids Zone" provided entertainment to the younger children and also allowed the parents to enjoy their kids games without having to constantly worry about their other kids safety.
What did you learn from the experience?
This was an incredible experience that I was very fortunate to have. I learned that you simply cannot judge a book by its cover. It's not our place to judge others, but accept our differences and help them wherever we can. In order to have a fully functioning society, people must have empathy towards each other whenever possible. In other words, put others' necessities before your luxuries.