Thursday December 2, 2010-There is a strict dress code. Closed toed shoes, non-holey jeans and hairnets. Yes, hairnets. Oh, and don’t forget the matching green shirts. Why all the guidelines? Because that is what is required when you work in an industrial kitchen. Just ask the AmeriCorps members from the American Red Cross next week.
On Thursday December 9, ten volunteers from both the American Red Cross and Griffin Properties will don the appropriate attire and dive into the food packing industry. The volunteers will be working for the Senior Meals on Wheels Program located at 1279 Cedar Street NE in Grand Rapids. The kitchen and pantry areas are small, so the volunteers will have to work closely with one another from 9:00AM-3:00PM. For six hours, they will be helping to package and possibly prepare meals in both the kitchen and the pantry. The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids is located only 0.2 miles away from the kitchen, which provides an opportunity for a wonderful, lasting partnership. Senior Meals on Wheels provides a variety of services ranging from home delivered meals to a food pantry to cooking meals at various locations around the city. The volunteers will be put to good work around the center throughout the day.
This project is another installment in the year long Heart Work is Hard Work project series. If you would like to get involved in this project, or projects like this, please email Elizabeth Wright at email@example.com or call (616) 456-8661 ext. 3501 for more information. Have no fear, there are plenty of ways to get involved and serve in your community in similar ways. It’s the season for giving, so cook a meal for an elderly neighbor, shovel their driveways, or just pay them a visit. After all, heart work is hard work.