Family Day at Community Servings Serves a Double Purpose
Nobles often talk about "long term partnerships" when we pull together trips abroad. These schools, hospitals and other care programs have almost become "second families" to the faculty and students of Nobles. But some of the longest and most active partnerships have been forged right here at home; one favorite is a meal provider organization called Community Servings who is now announcing a "Nobles Day" at their kitchen for families like yours!
On the Community Servings website is a short history of why and how the group began: Community Servings was founded in 1989 by a diverse coalition of AIDS activists, faith groups, and community organizations to provide home-delivered meals to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Over the past 22 years, Community Servings has evolved from a small neighborhood meals program delivering a hot dinner to 30 individuals struggling with HIV/AIDS to a regional nutrition program serving nutritionally tailored meals and providing nutrition education to thousands of people per year across Massachusetts--all of whom are unable to shop or cook for themselves due to a critical illness. As we celebrate 22 years in operation this year, we have served over 4.6 million free meals to the critically ill since 1990, helping those from Boston's most disenfranchised communities fight hunger and illness.
These wonderful people have been in strong connection with Nobles for 15 years, providing our Afternoon Program with a steady site, where educating students about how food can be medicine for the most vulnerable of local people begins and ends our stint there twice a week.
One student who has been volunteering there wrote a letter to them recently:
To everyone at Community Servings,
Thank you so much for everything you have done for my community. Every day, you all make the city I live in a better place. You guys have touched me and many others in ways I cannot explain, and for that, I am truly grateful. Coming from a family where my grandmother has an illness that causes her to rely on other people heavily, I know how hard it can be for family members to provide for their sick loved ones. The work you do inspires me to be a better person and to be grateful for the life that I have. Once again, thank you so much for inviting us in with open arms and for all the work you do at Community Servings.
Now, this vital and fun environment is opening its doors to Nobles families for a day of work on April 10 at the Family Soup-a-Thon. Join us for a night of volunteering with Community Servings! As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Community Servings invites Nobles students and their parents for our first Family Soup-a-Thon on Thursday, April 10.
Volunteers will be treated to a family-style dinner and a unique volunteer experience in the Community Servings’ kitchen, preparing home-delivered meals to help our neighbors suffering from life threatening illnesses.
The event will be held at the Community Servings office at 18 Marbury Terrace in Jamaica Plain from 5:30-8 p.m. Spaces are limited! Please contact Linda Hurley at Linda_Hurley@nobles.edu or Adam Seigal at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Both Linda Hurley and I encourage you, as parents, to find whatever agency in the Boston area that your family could partner with over time in a collaborative and instructional way. But we do want to call your attention to this particular site. They know how to use volunteers well and are already committed to Nobles. Wherever you decide, however, we believe that creating a commitment as a family to helping where you can, around the values you believe in, creates balanced and grateful young people. We can all agree on that!
Sandi MacQuinn, Director of Community Service