Today our work began in earnest, but not before a little celebration. It is Luke’s birthday, so we started the day with fancy donuts for breakfast. After that, we divided into two work groups and headed to our service opportunities.
One group served at the St. George Food Pantry, where they met amazing volunteers and visitors. The work included lots of cleaning, sorting food donations, and even some painting. When all was said and done, the pantry looked great! It felt like a job well done and helped the regular workers a lot.
The other group met with Dan (AKA: Sparkle Leigh) and worked on a special project for PFLAG. PFLAG stands for “Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” and helps parents/friends have a safe and understanding community to turn to when a loved one comes out. We made bracelets with info tags that will be handed out later this month — and we got to hear Dan’s story while we worked.
(*side note: this work with LGBTQ+ community organizations ties into our focus on homelessness because among homeless youth, forty percent are LGBTQ+)
After work ended, we had a late lunch at Skyline Chili (a Cincinnati institution). Then we went to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It was a good day there because the rain held off and lots of animals were out.
Tonight we had a special dinner. Lara’s friend Stacey made a reservation at a Korean restaurant where we finished celebrating Luke’s birthday. For many it was the first time they’d had Korean food and no one was disappointed.
We’ve had our debrief and gone to bed because tomorrow we’ve got more (and earlier) work to do. Can’t wait to see what the day will bring!