I was not optimistic about my feelings of volunteerism meshing with those of my co-workers. But, I have to say that they did me proud. Normally, they will compete over anything…how quickly the sun will set, the depth of the next snowfall, who can flip a coin and get “heads” the most. I don’t quite understand the need to have a competition like frisbees or wiffle ball or go-cart races at every team event. And, to the credit of the group that planned this meeting, there was none of that. So, when we were going to CAFB, I suspected there would be competitions about who could sort the most cans, or who could juggle the most jars…something. But, there wasn’t.
What I heard was people consulting; do you think this can is too dented? Is this what they meant about too much rust? How old is too old? And, participating and talking. It was really uplifting. And, it made me glad that I was going to dinner that night, my only after hours event with them. And, I stayed until the alcohol started to get out of control and then I left. Because I was feeling really good about team; my team. We sorted and boxed over 4000 pounds of food, which equaled something near 3700 meals.
The organization was really organized. Probably the most organized volunteer event I’ve ever been to. There were several people there serving out some probationary time. But, the rest of the place was manned by us and they kept us focused and on task and things moved really fast. All this work is done by volunteers and they run two shifts, six days a week. Saturdays are full until March.
The can use food that is up to three years expired with a few exceptions, like tomato products, mayonnaise, salad dressings which have shorter expirations. And, baby products have to have an exp date in the future. FDA says most foods are still good for 5 years after the exp date, so when you’re cleaning out your cupboard, keep that in mind.
Syd needs to do 8 hours of volunteer time. I’m going to see if I can get she and I a shift and offer to take some of her friends in the class with the requirement if she wants to.
Everybody have a great Friday. I’m off to the last half day of meetings.