Done-In-A-Day Service Shift Recaps

Done-In-A-Day at Northwest Harvest
Junior League of Seattle members at Northwest Harvest.

Shift:NW Harvest service shift on October 22, 2011.

Donning plastic gloves and plastic hair nets, Junior League of Seattle members packaged 12,350 lbs of food for delivery to over 11,300 families in the greater Seattle area on October 22nd with Northwest Harvest.

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is to have ample nutritious food available to everyone in Washington State.

Shift:  Job Skills Training at REWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)

Refugee Women’s Alliance teaches a job skills class for refugees to help them build resumes. Two Junior League of Seattle members helped students write their experience, skills, and job history into template form while four other members manned the computers and turned the template into resumes.

Participating in the resume writing was a hands-on, face-to-face mentoring experience and truly the epitome of empowering women. In many instances, the refugee’s background experience consisted of running their own households or in selling items at a market back in their home country.  The Junior League members encouraged these women to think beyond just housekeeping as a potential career path and helped the women identify skills and experiences they have that could be used in other roles.  Several of the volunteers said it was the best shift they had done with JLS, and we hope to identify more opportunities to work with them in the future.

On the REWA volunteer shift: The volunteer shift on Friday was such a rewarding experience. I felt like I contributed a lot and made a connection with people and that my skills were used. I was telling all my friends and family about it! I would highly recommend this shift as a once month opportunity for JLS members.

Done In A Day is presenting multiple shifts this year our new partner YouthCare! One service shift was held 10/19/2011 at the Orion Center, which is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13 – 22. It offers a safe, open place where youth (including trafficking/child prostitution victims or those at-risk) can access a multitude of services from meals to case management.

The first step is the Drop-in Center, which offers three meals daily, showers, laundry, clothing, hygiene supplies, knowledgeable staff, and a safe, non-judgmental environment where youth are met with compassionate care. This year the Junior League of Seattle will be providing dinners and other service shift opportunities at the Drop-in Center for these at-risk youth. These shifts will be hands-on and we will be interacting with the youth. We are excited about this new partnership and hope you can come to one of our shifts.

 Shift: YouthCare dinner on October 18, 2011.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers served pizza, salad, fruit cocktail and fresh baked cookies to teens at YouthCare.  The teens were very excited about the Domino’s pizza.  The staff at YouthCare are so helpful and extremely appreciative of our partnership.  The Done-In-A-Day volunteers were excited to serve the teens and said they all received many thank you’s in the buffet line.  Everyone had a very positive experience, were impressed by the services offered at YouthCare, and are looking forward to returning soon.

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