Whom Are We Serving?

Thanksgiving morning, I went to volunteer in Tenderloin with San Francisco City Impact.  My tango friend Emily posted on Facebook that she would go there and I felt compelled to join.

The event was a huge “block party” serving the people who live in the area.  Many of the 900 volunteers prepared and served meals and delivered groceries to resident’s homes.  There was a clothing tent, a prayer area, a beauty tent, and a medical tent. I regretted lacking useful life skills when they called for qualified volunteers to switch to medical or beauty. Continue reading “Whom Are We Serving?”

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Playing with Trees

Every Saturday morning, November through June, except maybe holidays, the Tree Team goes out to plant trees in Oakland.  The work is acknowledged by the City of Oakland; a couple of organizers get paid (from grants – nominally, I suspect) for all the planning and coordination that goes into it; most of the work force is voluntary.  I join once a month or so, some months more than others. Continue reading “Playing with Trees”